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Amazigh New Year
Algeria

Amazigh New Year 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Algeria

In Algeria, as well as in the neighbouring countries of Morocco and Libya, there is still a large Imazighen (Berber) population that retains a strong ethnic identity. Algerian Imazighen celebrate Amazigh New Year every 12 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
202112 JanTueAmazigh New Year
202212 JanWedAmazigh New Year
202312 JanThuAmazigh New Year
202412 JanFriAmazigh New Year
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The Berber calendar dates from what is 950 B.C. on the Gregorian Calendar, and the Berber language and culture far predates the Arab conquests of North Africa in the A.D. 700’s.

There are over 13 million Berbers in Algeria, accounting for about a third of the total population. There were efforts to suppress any resurgence of Berber culture in decades gone by, but today, the government recognises the Tamazight (Berber) language.

Amazigh New Year is a time when Algerian and other Berbers celebrate their ancient heritage and their survival as a distinct ethnic group despite centuries of domination by other groups.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202012 JanSunAmazigh New Year
201912 JanSatAmazigh New Year
201812 JanFriAmazigh New Year