Welcome, the year 2971 … an Amazigh year that evokes the Pharaohs and the Arabs
These days, world Amazighs celebrate “January,” the occasion of the beginning of the Amazigh year 2971. These celebrations carry inherited meanings to emphasize adherence to the land and pride in its bounties and have meanings of coexistence with the rest of the cultures and races.
Historians assert that the collective psyche during the celebration of January reveals an acceptance of voluntary sharing of good deeds with other peoples.
Algerian researcher Samaha Abdel Hamid, who specializes in popular literature and anthropology, says to Sky News Arabia: “The head of the Amazigh year is a date for tolerance between peoples, especially the Arab and Berber peoples.”
Abdel Hamid added, “Tolerance is primarily a cultural issue, and the Amazigh New Year is one of the most important dates that achieve this, especially in North African countries, to express common characteristics among regional cultures.”
Myths of Peoples and Justice
On the other hand, this celebration explains the relationship between myth and history. The myth was the philosophy of the peoples and today constitutes a systematic science that reads events.
According to historians, it is agreed that the date of January 12 is the Amazigh New Year, and it is a day to celebrate not only in the regions where Berbers live but also in the Sahara and the regions where the Arabs are concentrated.
Amazigh dishes and sweets are one of the basic forms of celebration. Here the celebration carries connotations related to a sense of social justice and equality. The celebration’s appearance is similar between city and country residents and between well-off and low-income families by sitting at the couscous dining table, one of the forms of material cultural heritage.
Historians put the reason for choosing the month of January as the date of the start of the Amazigh New Year in three contexts, and the closest to the truth according to researchers is the novel that talks about the victory of the Amazigh king “Shishonk” or “Shashank” in his battle against Ramses II.
And there is a second story that talks about an older woman who woke up in defiance of nature, and that day became a day of celebration. At the same time, the third myth says that history is an Amazigh celebration in the month of the agricultural season’s flowering.
Whether from a popular or political perspective, the Amazigh New Year celebration is viewed as a social heritage that strengthens social ties.
Algerian researcher Mohamed Baghdad, a researcher at the Algerian National Center for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology, told Sky News Arabia: “Social events are the most important pillars of harmony that guarantees stability and harmony between the components of society, and they are the occasions that constitute the most appropriate climate for investment in building energy that It contributes to documenting the foundations on which the elites weave the major projects and upon which the constituent groups live.