January is a month of new beginnings and celebrations in Algeria. Two of the country’s most important public holidays fall in this month: New Year’s Day and Berber New Year.
New Year’s Day (January 1)
New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1st in Algeria, just like in most other countries around the world. It is a public holiday, and many businesses and government offices are closed. Algerians typically celebrate New Year’s Day with their families and friends. They may have special meals, exchange gifts, and watch fireworks.
Berber New Year (Yennayer) (January 12)
Yennayer, or Berber New Year, is a traditional holiday celebrated by the Berber people of Algeria and other North African countries. It falls on January 12th of the Gregorian calendar. Yennayer is a time to celebrate the Berber culture and heritage. Algerians may mark the occasion with special foods and drinks, traditional music and dancing, and family gatherings.
In addition to these two public holidays, there are a number of other important days in Algeria in January. These include:
- January 11: Commemoration of the Sétif and Guelma Massacres
- January 17: Commemoration of the Kasbah Battles
- January 20: Army Day
January 11: Commemoration of the Sétif and Guelma Massacres
On January 8, 1945, a peaceful protest by Algerians in Sétif and Guelma was met with violence from French colonial forces. Thousands of Algerians were killed in the massacres that followed. January 11th is a day to remember the victims of the Sétif and Guelma Massacres and to fight against all forms of violence and oppression.
January 17: Commemoration of the Kasbah Battles
The Kasbah Battles were a series of clashes between the French colonial army and the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) in the Kasbah neighborhood of Algiers in January 1957. The battles were a major turning point in the Algerian War of Independence. January 17th is a day to remember the bravery of the Algerian fighters who fought in the Kasbah Battles and to celebrate the country’s independence.
January 20: Army Day
Army Day is celebrated on January 20th in Algeria to honor the country’s armed forces. It is a public holiday, and many businesses and government offices are closed. Algerians typically celebrate Army Day with military parades and other events.
These are just some of the important days in Algeria in January. Algerians use these days to celebrate their culture and heritage, to remember their history, and to fight for a better future.