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I've never heard anyone mention this made-up holiday. I noticed it on a calendar I bought. There is no natural way to say "aa" in English, so how is kwanzaa pronounced? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:45, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

No natural way to say "aa"? Aaron the aardvark must be sorely disappointed.

In formal Swahili, adding the second "a" serves to shift the emphasis to this syllable, as in kwan-ZAA, but is it not in practice pronounced that way.Mukogodo (talk) 16:00, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

good comeback, as neither of those is a native English word, and the "aa" is pronounced differently in them. Your aid in pronunciation proves the original poster's point.

How many people celebrate?[edit]

I was looking around online to see how many people really celebrate Kwanzaa but most of the articles I can find on the subject are all asking the same question and some are doubting that a significant number of people celebrate it. Lice000 (talk) 20:28, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Outside of a very small African Studies academic community and a slightly larger number of black baby boomer creative types, virtually no one celebrates Kwanzaa. It probably isn't much of an exaggeration to suggest it gets more attention from white liberals and traditional media than from actual celebrants. (talk) 16:28, 24 December 2017 (UTC)Vainamoinen

We have a section for this: Kwanzaa#Popularity.--Pharos (talk) 19:16, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

Even the minimum estimate (6 million in the U.S.) is a lot of people. (talk) 22:49, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

It's only November![edit]

But there seems to be an early start to stupid season here. Semi-protected as usual. --jpgordon𝄢𝄆 𝄐𝄇 04:03, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Thanks as always for what you do around this time of year. Elefuntboy (talk) 16:33, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

This article is one sided.[edit]

This holiday was created by a known racist. But nothing is said about that. This article is one sided. Now I know everyone might not agree with this statement. But that does not give you the right to remove this. I would like to have a discussion on how we can make this more balanced article. (talk) 00:40, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Feel free to go through the archives and read the previous discussions on the matter, for a start. --jpgordon𝄢𝄆 𝄐𝄇 04:38, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
I have and all I see is people removing the dissuasion and telling people to “shut up”. Like a few days again. I don’t get why this only shows the positive side but won’t allow criticism. I’m pretty sure Wikipedia allows that. I believe it was you who said that. I really think that your bias behavior should be reported. (talk) 01:26, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

High-quality source[edit]

I've been finding a lot of good stuff in Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition by Keith Mayes - it's neither boosterish nor scoffing, and very comprehensive. If anyone ever tried to take this article to GA or FA that would be something important to utilize.--Pharos (talk) 02:20, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

There's also some interesting background provided by US constitution expert Ann Coulter:[1]Santamoly (talk) 09:23, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
Oh that's funny. --jpgordon𝄢𝄆 𝄐𝄇 15:33, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
  1. ^