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It's that festive time of the year, and we're not talking about the little party you throw when you finally get back home or toss out the relatives and clean up the wrapping paper. Nope, we're talking Kwanzaa, the first fruits festival, which runs December 26-January 1.

There are plenty of smaller celebrations around (see our calendar, page 40), but the big event is at Durham's Hayti Heritage Center where each evening of Kwanzaa (excluding Jan. 1) there are musical performances and events centering around the Nguza Saba (Seven Principles) of umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity) and imani (faith).

The first candle lighting, hosted by spoken word artist Zayd Malik, is at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26 For more information visit www.hayti.org

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