Calls to recognize the Amazigh New Year as a national holiday – Middle East Monitor

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), the largest human rights association in the country, on Friday asked for the recognition of the Amazigh New Year as a public holiday.

The Amazigh New Year is called “January night” and is celebrated on January 13 of each year.

In a letter addressed to the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saad-Eddine El-Othmani, the AMDH indicated that its request falls within the framework of the lifting “of the injustice and the discriminations which affect the heritage of the culture and of Amazigh identity “.

The letter called for the approval of this holiday “in a context similar to the Gregorian and Hijri calendars, as a symbolic initiative for the recognition of the Amazigh cultural identity of the Moroccan people“.

The AMDH underlined that the celebration of the Amazigh New Year is considered as “a historical legacy for all the Berbers of North Africa, and a symbol of culture in all the regions where the Berbers are present”.

The Amazighs are indigenous peoples who inhabit the region stretching from the Siwa Oasis in western Egypt in the east, to the Atlantic Ocean in the west and from the Mediterranean in the north to the desert of Sahara to the south.

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