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Local community gather to celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa

A celebration was held in Saginaw at the First Ward Community Center. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - December 26 is the first night of the African American celebration, Kwanzaa.

A celebration was held in Saginaw at the First Ward Community Center.

The non-religious holiday lasts seven days and honors African American culture.

Each day is dedicated to a principle and called by a Swahili name.

On the first day of the celebration is "Umoja," which means unity.

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