Local celebrations, festivals and fairs:
Festivals and fairs are organized throughout the various regions of Algeria to celebrate history, culture, music, food, arts and crafts.These celebrations set a great occasion to showcase the ancestral traditions, customs and overall cultural heritage of each area of the country.
- Ath Khlili Pottery Festival
In the village of the Mâatkas, an area situated south of Tizi-Ouzou, potters and pottery has been holding center stage for nine years now. The clayware trade in this locality is primarily feminine. Ath Khlilli’s women are famous for the quality of their potteries whose decorations are inspired from the Berber symbolic system.
- Ath Yenni Silver Jewel Festival
From July 27 to August 4, a festival is organized at Ath Yenni to celebrate silver jewels. The jewels of this region are set with coral and decorated with yellow enamel (for the sun), green colors (for nature) and blue ones (for the sky). The village is perched high in the Djurdjura mountain range at an altitude of more than 900 meters.
- Daghmouli Festival
Around the mausoleum of Moulay Abderrahmane, the Hoggar tribes (Kel-Rela, Kel-Rebla, Kel-Abagar, Issabaten and Tedjiène) flock together to celebrate the daghmouli (dawn of holiness) in homage to the Hoggar Touaregs who rebelled against the French in 1902. The ziara (visit of the mausoleum) lasts two days on specific dates, in May.
- El Kala Coral festival
- Ghardaïa Carpet Festival
This mid-march festival is centered on the tradition of carpet-weaving in Algeria. Artisans and designers come together to exhibit and sell their works and participate in competitions.This event is also enlivened bytanks parades decorated by local carpets, folk evenings animated by Karkabou bands and sightseeing across the five cities of the metropolis of the M’Zab valley. A legendary market for auction sales is held in one of the towns, Béni-Izguen.
- Marathon of sands
This annual festival gathers runners from around the globe to compete in a three-leg desert race that commences in the beautiful oasis town of Béchar. The marathon is often set in mid-April.
- Rai Festival of Oran
The Rai festivalis a yearly event aiming to celebrate the popular Algerian folk music, that has evolved in Oranie region and combines both popular music and traditional Bedouin desert music. It also celebrates the contributions of local artists to uphold the country’s distinct musical genre.
- S’Biba of Djanet
This annual festival allows local tribes to meet each year on Ashura day and celebrate the Pact of Peace which was signed between the two main Touareg tribes of Tassili N’adjjers after a long-standing fratricidal warfare. All the inhabitants are dressed in their finest traditional costumes with colorful colors, while performing folk dances on the taming rhythm of the tambourines and the women’s songs and thrills.
- S’Boue of Timimoun
The S’boue is a feast convened in the Gourara area in a Seven-day celebration of the mawlid Ennabawi (the birth of the Prophet Muhammad -Peace Be Upon Him-).On the seventh day, all the people of the K’sour gather around the zaouia (religious school) of Sheikh El Hadj Belkacem for a large gathering where the standards of the brotherhoods are exhibited to the beat of the Areli songs.
- Strawberry Festival
From May 21 to 23 each year, the city of Skikda hosts the Strawberry Festival in celebration of strawberry, a fruit that the region produces in abundance. This occasion welcomes strawberry’s producers and brings together visitors and individuals from across the country.
- Tafsit of Tamanrasset
For three days (April), the people of the Hoggar gather in Tamanrasset to celebrate the arrival of spring in an atmosphere of festival rich in colors. Folk band processions are organized through the streets of the city to the great delight of the local people and tourists who come in large numbers to share the joys of this festival.Fashion parades and beauty contests are organized on this occasion to elect “Miss Hoggar” and the best Touareg of the region.
- Mawsim Taghit
The Saoura region organizes, in the last weekend of October, a great celebration, the “Mawssim Taghit”. This festival is dedicated to the date and offerings are made to the poorest sections of the population. The date harvest is an opportunity to gather all of the inhabitants of the Saoura in this age-old festival which dates back more than 19 centuries. The tradition is celebrated during three days to the beat of the bendir, the goumbri and songs chanted in chorus.
- M’Doukal Fantasia
During the first weekend of every month of May, a festival is held in the Aurès region. The palm groves and K’sours of M’Doukal located ten kilometers from the famous ghoufi ‘balconies’, provide a magnificent landscape for the fantasia shows during which horsemen dressed in traditional clothing exhibit their most beautiful horses.The spirit of the popular singer Aissa El Djermouni is reminisced everywhere during this three-day festival. Popular poetry contests are also organized.
- National Amazigh Film Festival
Held in January, this movie festival broadcasts full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, and animations in the Berber language in celebration of the Amazigh culture in Algeria. This yearly event includes screenwriting workshops, seminars and discussion forums about the development of the Amazigh cinema in particular and the filming industry in Algeria in general.
- Ouaâdat Sidi Ahmed El Medjdoub
Celebrated in the second weekend of every October, Ouaâdat Sidi Ahmed El Medjdoub takes place in the commune of Asla (province of Nâama) in honor of the saint man Sidi Ahmed El Medjdoub who lived in the 15th century.The festival is organized by the Medjadba tribe to preserve and perpetuate local traditions and habits during which couscous and tea are served to all the guests. During the feast, fantasia exhibitions are performed, poetry contests and a major commercial event are organized and miscellaneous goods are offered.