Today marks the new Amazigh year celebrated across the Maghreb.
The Amazigh New Year, also known as Yennayer, is a traditional celebration that takes place in North Africa.
Yennayer marks the beginning of the agricultural year and is typically celebrated on January 12th or 13th, depending on the lunar calendar. The holiday is a time for family and community gatherings, as well as traditional rituals and festivities.
One of the most important traditions of Yennayer is the preparation of a special meal, known as the asefru, which is made from a variety of grains and is symbolically associated with the abundance and fertility of the coming year.
Another important aspect of the celebration is the exchange of gifts and the sharing of traditional songs and dances. The holiday is also marked by the lighting of bonfires, which are believed to bring good luck and purify the community.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Amazigh culture and traditions, with Yennayer celebrations gaining popularity among both the Amazigh community and the wider population. This has led to the creation of cultural events and festivals, such as the annual Festival of Amazigh Culture, which takes place in cities across North Africa and provides an opportunity for people to learn more about the Amazigh culture and traditions.
Maghreb Magazine wishes you a happy new and prosperous year.