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What you need to know about Amazigh New Year, or Yennayer


The term "Yennayer" is also the name given to the first month of the Amazigh calendar. The Amazigh calendar started taking on a formal form in the 60s when the Academie Berbere, an Amazigh cultural association based in Paris, decided to start counting Amazigh years from the year 950 BC. The Amazigh calendar is directly derived from the Julian calendar, which was used in Europe before the Gregorian one. In some areas of Algeria, Yennayer celebrations last up to three days. Like most special occasions in North Africa, couscous is a staple during Yennayer (AFP)How do governments view Yennayer?


Source: The North Africa Journal January 11, 2021 11:03 UTC



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