Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration primarily in the African-American community. The holiday honors a different principle each day.

Monday marked the beginning of Kwanzaa.

The Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition announced the 50th anniversary of the holiday that means "First fruits of the harvest."

The week-long celebration primarily in the African-American community honors a different principle each day. Monday's principle is unity in the community, nation and race.

"Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration of family community," says Dr. Kiah Nyame. "A lot of people think it's a religious holiday, but it has nothing to do with religion. In fact, you have two people standing here of two different religions talking to you."

The community is invited to join in and bring the whole family to gatherings this week. Kwanzaa continues through New Year's Day.