Yennayer: The Amazigh New Year 

Yennayer: The Amazigh New Year 

The month of The Amazigh New Year also known as « Yennayer »  holds great significance in the Moroccan culture. It is a time of celebration, reflection, and renewal for the berber people. 

As one of the oldest cultures in North Africa, the Amazighs have a rich heritage that is deeply rooted in their language, traditions, and customs.

During this month, communities come together to honor their heritage, customs, and traditions. It is a time when families gather to share meals, exchange gifts, and participate in various festivities. The vibrant colors, lively music, and traditional dances create an atmosphere filled with joy and unity.The celebration of The New Year serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength that has allowed the Imazighen people to preserve their identity. It is also an opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to learn about this unique culture.

The Amazigh New Year represents more than just a date on the calendar. It signifies a profound connection to heritage and serves as a reminder of the rich tapestry of human civilization. Let us celebrate this month with joy and appreciation for the contributions that diverse cultures bring to our shared humanity.

This year will mark the first time that Morocco recognises the Amazigh new year as an official holiday, enjoyed with festive foods like couscous and Tagoula.

Mariem Trifi

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