An Amazigh(ing) New Year

Amazigh New Year


By Taziz Hasairi.

Tripoli, 13 January 2014:

For Libya’s Amazigh community, today is a double festival.  It is both Mawlid Al-Nabi, the Prophet’s Birthday – and, as such, a public holiday – and it is Amazigh New Year.

Unlike the Islamic calendar which is lunar, the Amazigh calendar, like the Gregorian, is solar and the new year starts on 13 January.  Today is the first day of the year 2064.

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