People came together to celebrate fifth day of Kwanzaa celebration in Portland on Saturday

2017 is winding down--and so is Kwanzaa.

The week-long celebration started the day after Christmas and ends on New Year's Day.

Today at the Multnomah County library on North Killingsworth, people observed day five of Kwanzaa.

This is a celebration started in 1966 by African American professor Maulana Karenga to spotlight the culture and heritage of African Americans.

Each day has a main principle.

Today's is "Purpose."

Organizers say the holiday holds important lessons, especially for kids.

Kwanzaa is part of a Swahili phrase that means "fruits of the harvest."

It's inspired by traditional African harvest festivals.

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