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New Year's Day
Algeria

New Year’s Day 2019 and 2020

Algeria follows the Islamic Calendar for religious and cultural purposes, however it also makes use of the Gregorian Calendar. And 1 January, New Year’s Day on the Gregorian Calendar, is therefore a public holiday in Algeria.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day

Insofar as Algerians celebrate 1 January, they do it much like it’s done in the west, with fireworks, family get togethers and merrymaking.

Much of this activity tends to centre in the big cities and at hotels and other locations where Western tourists will be present, however.

However, in many parts of Algeria where Berbers live, New Year’s Day is celebrated in mid-January instead, to coincide with their own native Amazigh (Berber) agricultural-based new year’s day.

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