Wednesday , February 21 2018

Amazigh New Year Celebration | Boston

By Zouhir Az

Boston (AWN) | Following a successful event last year, The Amazigh Cultural Network in America and Boston Amazigh Community are hosting a celebration for Yennayer, the Amazigh New Year, on Saturday, January 16, in Boston Area. The word Yennayer is a word made by combining two other words, ” Yen: One – First and Ayer: Month. Yen-Ayer: First Month = Yennayer. and it marks the first day of the agrarian calendar year used since ancient times by Amazigh throughout North Africa.

Starting  on Saturday, January, 16 at 5:00 p.m., the Yennayer celebration offers a wide selection of activities and performances and there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy: Traditional Couscous meal, Amazigh-inspired foods, Henna tattoos, Hot Mint Tea, Poetry, Exhibition, storytelling, concerts with Amazigh singer Moh Alileche and Amud Band, as well as raffle ticket prizes.

Since the early ’90s, the Amazigh population in Boston has grown to the point that Eastern Massachusetts now has the highest density of Imazighen living in the United States. Yennayer organizing Committee have been working hard over the last few months to make everything run smoothly, organizers were ecstatic by the turn of event last year and hopes for even more people this year. “Over the last 15 years, Amazigh Community have been able to prosper in Boston area, to take advantage of what is available here, and I think this is the time for our community to give something back.” says organizer. “Like any Event, you learn there’s things you can do better,”  Another  organizer added.

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The primary performance of the day will be The Sounds of Amazigh Music, a list of famous Amazigh songs performed by kabylian artist Moh Alileche and some other artists. The show starts at 5 p.m. and combines music, dance, along with some great traditional food and drink. This is one of the few Amazigh events of the year that requires a ticket, but for twenty five bucks audiences have an opportunity to experience and explore the beauty of Amazigh, art, culture, history, and language. despite being thousands of miles away from North Africa.

Tickets for the Event can be purchased on the A.C.N.A website. Click here

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