Trump Offers ‘Warmest Wishes’ for Kwanzaa

in a statement.

“As families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come.”

Trump follows in the tradition of his predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, who each issued a statement to mark the start of Kwanzaa, which begins each year on Dec. 26 and ends on Jan. 1.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a leader in the Black Power movement and now Chair of the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. The name comes from a Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest,” according to Infoplease.