By Zouhir Az, Nov 29, 2016
Following a successful event last year, The Amazigh Cultural Network in America in collaboration with Boston Amazigh Community are organizing another annual celebration for the Amazigh new year ‘Yennayer’, — marks the first day of the agrarian calendar year used since ancient times by Amazigh people throughout North Africa — on Saturday, January 14, in Boston Massachusetts.
The Yennayer celebration offers a wide selection of activities and performances and there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy: Live Amazigh music featuring the well known AZA MUSIC band from California, KABYLE band with Rafik and Aksel, Traditional Couscous meal, Henna tattoos, Hot Mint Tea, Exhibition, Traditional Ahidous dance as well as some activities for kids.
Since the early ’90s, the Amazigh population in New England has grown to the point that Eastern Massachusetts now has the highest density of Amazigh 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.
The show starts at 4:30 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 music, art, culture, history, and language. despite being thousands of miles away from Tamazgha North Africa.
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