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.