The Kwanzaa holiday kicked off in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Celebrations began with a flag raising Wedensday in Niagara Square. Later that evening, an opening ceremony was held at the Build Academy. The ceremony featured tributes to the ancestors and elders, storytellers, and art displays.

WATCH: Buffalo marks first day of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American culture and focuses on the seven core principles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), and Imani (faith). 

The holiday is celebrated December 26 through January 1.

You can find out Kwanzaa events in Buffalo by clicking here.