A national holiday in Algeria, Amazigh New Year, also known as Yennayer, is a celebration of the Berber calendar and marks the first day of the year for the Amazigh people, who are indigenous to North Africa. The celebration typically falls on January 12th or 13th, but the exact date can vary depending on the specific calendar used.
The Amazigh calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and has 29 or 30 days in each month. The year is divided into 12 months, with each month having its own name and specific cultural significance.
Yennayer is a time for family and community to come together, and is celebrated with traditional food, music, and dance. The celebration also includes the exchange of gifts, the lighting of bonfires, and the singing of traditional songs.
The Amazigh culture is an ancient one with a rich history and vibrant traditions. The celebration of Yennayer is an important part of maintaining and preserving that culture, and serves as a reminder of the enduring spirit and resilience of the Amazigh people. The celebration is not only in Morocco but also in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and other countries with Berber communities.
As the Amazigh culture continues to evolve and adapt to modern times, the celebration of Yennayer remains a cherished tradition and an important part of the cultural identity of the Amazigh people.