ACAA held Yennayer celebrations in Chicago, Boston and Somerset, NJ. All three locations have been relatively well attended. Members and their friends joined together in this yearly important cultural event that is designed to allow people to share food and their hopes for a prosperous new year. Yennayer is a tradition that goes far back in time, the proof of that is the date itself. January 12 corresponds to the eve of the Julian new year.
Yennayer is celebrated throughout Tamazgha and in many other parts of the world. In Tamazgha, different regions give it a different flavor, but all with the central idea that Yennayer is the time to wish for abundance, and prosperity. In the US, we also hope to keep this tradition alive with our own flavor. In NJ, this year, all the children who attended received a goodies. One of the items in the bag is a handfull of dried fruits and nuts wrapped in a very shiny paper and attached with ribbons to the colors of the Amazigh flag. Giving kids dried fruits and nuts is part of Yennayer. This is still being done in some areas of Tamazgha.
Click on the file below to see the Yennayer flier and a document that describes what Yennayer is.
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