Kwanzaa has been celebrated for almost 50 years. 2013 marks the 47th year of Kwanzaa. Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966. Dr. Karenga selected the name Kwanzaa as a derivative of the phrase "matunda y kwanzaa" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. Kwanzaa is not a a religious celebration.While the seven day celebration starts the day after Christmas, it should not be confused as a religious celebration. cont.