March 21, 2016

21 of March: Circassians in Circassia will celebrate the new year

Under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Adygeya will be held a large celebration of the New Year according to the old Circassian traditions in the Square of "Unity and Consensus" in Maykop, the capital of the Republic. In the other Circassian republics in the North Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria amd Krachaevo-Circassia also will be celebrations of the Circassian new year.

On the night of 21 March 22, comes the New Year in the Circassian (Adyghe) calendar. It has an astronomical studies and is associated with the spring equinox - "Ghere chire shizehech", when day length is equal to the duration of the night. From that moment the day starts to add, marking the new cycle of nature - the New Year.

In ancient times, the New Year was observed by the appearance of the sky constellations - "Many Stars", Vaghabe - "Vaghabe chim qikhechigh", as well as to monitor the point of sunrise. For this special megalithic structures were built. This day is celebrated according to the Circassian tradition. 

Circassian New Year in Maykop, 21.03.2015.

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