Kwanzaa was invented out of thin air (not African traditions) in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. The Archdiocese page says:
The Kwanzaa holiday is probably the most important African American holiday because it transcends religious, ideological, regional, and class boundaries. The celebration of Kwanzaa combines elements from of the African culture and African American experience.
This is just unbelievable that they would give the Hallmark version of this holiday and not the truth. Dr. Karenga was the Marxist leader of the black nationalist United Slaves and was convicted of torturing two women. Does the Archdiocese really think that a holiday created to replace Christmas by a person who burned a women’s face with a soldering iron is a good idea? We all have our vices but this guy placed a women’s toe in a vice. Beyond the inventor of Kwanzaa problems the truth is that Africans never celebrated anything remotely like this made-up holiday. For one thing no one celebrates a harvest festival at the winter’s solstice. Even sillier is that the celebration uses ears of corn set aside for each family member – of course corn is not indigenous to Africa. You can read more about these inconsistencies and just plain lies in the following articles.
If you would like to give your opinion about this to the Office for Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Chicagohere you go.