Kwanzaa celebrated at Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum with candle-making event

From left, Mariano Oppikofer, his son, Luca, 4, daughter, Chloe, 2, and wife, Jennifer Shum participate in Kwanzaa candle making workshop at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk on December 26, 2022.
From left, Mariano Oppikofer, his son, Luca, 4, daughter, Chloe, 2, and wife, Jennifer Shum participate in Kwanzaa candle making workshop at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk on December 26, 2022.Arnold Gold/Hearst Connecticut Media

NORWALK — Parents and children made candles on Monday afternoon at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children to celebrate Kwanzaa. 

The museum is hosting the candle-making event this week in honor of Kwanzaa from 1 to 2 p.m. each day through Friday. 

"Each of the seven candles displayed on the kinara during Kwanzaa holds a special meaning," Stepping Stones states on its website. "Create your own significant candle by dipping a string into wax."

Kwanzaa is a non-denominational holiday celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 that honors African American culture. On each day, a candle is lit to recognize one of seven principals: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith).