BURLINGTON CITY Music, dance, and a feast will help mark the first day of Kwanzaa, the cultural holiday that begins Friday.

The Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre will host its 41st anniversary celebration beginning at 6 p.m. at Unity Hall in the Community Annex of Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. Second St., Burlington City. Students from the Afro-One school and touring company will perform.

After traditional African dance and drum performances, a candle-lighting ceremony, and other celebrations of African American spiritual and cultural heritage, a feast is planned, Afro-One said in a news release. Food from that feast will be shared with a local homeless shelter.

Kwanzaa's first night is dedicated to the principle of Umoja, or unity.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the door for $12; students under age 18 receive a $3 discount. The event is open to the public. - Inquirer staff