Mid-South Kwanzaa's day one observance of Kwanzaa was held at the New Chicago Performing Arts Center (Dec. 26) and included President Osupa Moon (far left) leading the group chant of Harambee (all pull together). (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

The observance of the seven-day Kwanzaa cultural celebration culminates today — New Year’s Day 2022.

Day seven (Saturday, January 1) ushers in the celebration of the principle of Imani (faith).

The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (Ujima), cooperative economics (Ujamaa), purpose (Nia), creativity (Kuumba) and faith (Imani).

Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. will host a culminating observance at 3 p.m. today at Dr. Carnita Atwater’s New Chicago Performing Arts Center, 1036 Firestone Ave.

This year’s Kwanzaa celebration by Mid-South Kwanzaa was tweaked, with fewer in-person observances in light of the pandemic.

As a result, the principles of Nia (purpose) and Kuumba (creativity), also will be celebrated during today’s observance at the New Chicago Performing Arts Center.