President Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday celebrating the African American holiday of Kwanzaa.
Unaffiliated with any religion, Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture that was established as a way for African-Americans to reconnect with their roots and heritage.
Needless to say, the divide between how Trump viewed Kwanzaa back in 2011 ― using it to leverage false attacks against Obama, and tacitly endorsing the idea that it was a "fake holiday" ― and how he's acknowledging it now has stirred up some criticism.
The celebration lasts for seven days to honour the seven principles founder Karenga chose to celebrate, otherwise known as the Nguzo Saba.
When does Kwanzaa start?
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump released a statement commemorating Kwanzaa, the seasonal holiday celebrated by many African-Americans that begins on December 26 and runs through New Year's Day.
In Grand Rapids, if you want to celebrate you can head over to West Michigan Jewels of Africa on Eastern Avenue.
Kwanzaa runs through January 1.
These include unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The name comes from a Swahili phrase, "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits of the harvest", according to Infoplease.
The kinara holds seven candles, three red and three green, with one black candle int he center. The final line of the blog was a quote suggesting that Kwanzaa, like the Seinfeld-inspired Festivus, was a "fake holiday". Kwanzaa celebrations usually feature songs, dances, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large meal. Kwanzaa is the celebration of a culture, not a religion.