Kwanzaa candles are lit in a specific order. The first night begins on December 26th and the black candle is lit representing unity. On the second night the far left candle is lit representing self-determination, then the black candle is lit again as affirmation. The next night the second candle from the left is lit that represents cooperative economics, again relighting the previous candles. The remaining nights the green candles are lit, the one closest to the center outward, representing collective work and responsibility, purpose, and faith.