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Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

The Garden's annual holiday flower and train show celebrates "Gathering for the Feast."
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What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

One young Garden visitor has turned his interest in herbs into a tasty hobby.
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Take the Family Food Challenge!

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Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits

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Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits
Kwanzaa is a non-religious holiday that derives its name from the Swahili term matunda ya kwanza, meaning “fruits of the harvest.” Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated for seven days, each dedicated to a guiding principle: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

The Garden's annual Kwanzaa celebration is especially timely this year, a fitting close for our yearlong Foodology theme. Enjoy storytelling, music and more on Friday, Dec. 27 from noon to 4 p.m., all included with regular Garden admission. Janice “Mama” Katambwa will lead a Kwanzaa ceremony at noon and 3 p.m., explaining the holiday’s origins as one symbolic candle on the kinara is lit for each of the seven guiding principles. Following each ceremony, Katambwa will tell stories of Africa using costumes and percussion. A table of fruits, vegetables and grains will be displayed in celebration of the harvest.

Ajanaku Jewelry, Renata’s African Influences and Mama Katambwa’s Boutique will offer Kwanzaa crafts and jewelry for purchase. The Garden Gate Shop will offer African crafts and baskets, books on Africa for children and adults, assorted African CDs, harvest oriented gifts of all kinds and a variety of coffees, teas and chocolates with ingredients sourced from Africa.

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