Yennayer: Moroccan Amazigh’s new year fight for recognition

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Every year, Morocco’s Amazigh community is on tenterhooks ahead of Idh Yennayer, the Amazigh New Year, as they hold out hopes for a last-minute official recognition of the indigenous celebration as a national paid holiday – a symbolic decision that the community has been advocating decades for. “The recognition of Idh Yennayer is an essential step for Moroccans to reconcile with their history and cultural identity,” Abellah Badou, former head of the Executive Office of the Amazigh Network for Citizenship in Morocco, tells The New Arab. “It would help enhance their belonging to the homeland, an…

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