One of the city's oldest Kwanzaa celebrations was held in Queens this weekend.
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre hosted the holiday at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica.
For the last 40 years, the theater coordinates an eight hour celebration filled with African entertainment, food and tradition.
Organizers say it is important to pass on the customs to the youth in the community.
"It connects us to our history that was stolen from us, so being that we don't know particular customs of the cultures that we may originally come from, Kwanzaa is amalgamation of different African customs," the Afrikan Poetry Theater's Executive Director, Saiku Branch, said.
A traditional African libation ceremony was performed at the event. A liquid was poured during a prayer chant in remembrance of ancestors.
Kwanzaa ends on Monday, January 1st.