AP PHOTOS: Wild costumes, drums mark Algerian New Year fest

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AP PHOTOS: Wild costumes, drums mark Algerian New Year fest

AP PHOTOS: Wild costumes, drums mark Algerian New Year fest

BENI SNOUS, Algeria (AP) — New Year’s celebrations are available all styles and sizes.

With animal cover costumes and banging drums, the western Algerian city of Beni Snous has noisily celebrated the brand new yr — and an historic navy victory over the pharaoh — with a standard Berber Ayred competition.

Young males put on lion masks, drape themselves in hides and parade from door to door to the beat of drums throughout the Ayred, which implies “lion” within the Berber language. They collect meals and different objects to distribute later to the poor, and residents sing alongside their journey.

The three-day competition that began Thursday additionally commemorates the victory of a Berber king over the Egyptian pharaoh in 950 BC.

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