Marrakech - The Amazigh Cultural Network in the US is hosting a celebration to ring in the Amazigh new year 2965 in Armory Hall, in Everett, Massachusetts. The event will take place on January 24 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Marrakech – The Amazigh Cultural Network in the US is hosting a celebration to ring in the Amazigh new year 2965 in Armory Hall, in Everett, Massachusetts. The event will take place on January 24 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Unlike the Christian and Islamic calendar, the Amazigh calendar does not correlate with any religious event, but triggers off of an historic event: the anniversary of the victory of the Amazigh leader Shashank I in the reign of Ramses II over the Pharaohs, and the unification of Libya with Egypt and the Levant.
Since that time (measured as 950 BC in the Christian calendar), the Amazigh people have celebrated annually the triumph of Shashank, the founder of the 22nd Family in the reign of Ramses II. The Amazigh New Year’s Eve corresponds also to the eve of the Agricultural Year in North Africa (a calendar adopted by farmers to determine when they can cultivate their fields according to defined periods.
The celebration provides an opportunity to discover traditional live Amazigh music and dance, from different regions of North Africa, and features an exhibition table demonstrating the close relations of the Amazigh community in the US to its home land, Tamazgha, in North Africa, according to a news release obtained by MWN.
Special guest, singer and Arabs Got Talent star Jennifer Grout, will perform during the celebration.
The organizers welcome all Amazigh and other interested people to attend the celebration and enjoy traditional Amazigh cuisine, including couscous and hot tea with mint.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers