- a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei: replaced the escudo in 1977.
- a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26th until Jan. 1st in some African-American communities.
Origin of Kwanzaa
First recorded in 1965–70, Kwanzaa is from the Swahili word kwanza first
- a river in central Angola, flowing NW and W to the Atlantic Ocean. 500 miles (805 km) long.
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Historical Examples of kwanza
In 1582 he removed to Masanganu, at the “meeting of the waters” of the Lukala and Kwanza.
Meanwhile the Dutch had made preparations for an advance up the Kwanza.
South of the Kwanza is the volcanic mountain Caculo-Cabaza (3300 ft.).
- the standard monetary unit of Angola, divided into 100 lwei
Word Origin for kwanza
from a Bantu language
- a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture
Word Origin for Kwanzaa
C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)
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