Several cultural associations celebrated on Thursday evening Yennayer 2869 with a gala showcasing folklore from different cities of the country and a festive musical programme.
The Tamazight-speaking community in Algeria were celebrating in joy their new year known as Yennayer after the government has finally recognized it as a public holiday.
This decision was taken on December 27 last year by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika during a cabinet meeting devoted to the adoption of the budget law 2018.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Yennayer a paid nonworking day on 12 January, indicated a statement from the President Office.
Yennayer is celebrated in Algeria and elsewhere in the North African region, including in Morocco, Tunisia and Libya.
Berber community, more known as Imazighen (free man), are celebrating Yennayer as the beginning of the agrarian calendar for the new year of 2968 corresponding to January 12 of the Gregorian calender.
The Berber community devote this day to showcase their rich cultural and artistic heritage, including through their traditional food, clothes and music.
On the eve of the festival, families, either Amazigh or Arab, gather convivially around traditional dinner hoping that the new year would be prosperous.