21.03.2023 - 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. 

In recent years, many Circassians from all over the world have started celebrating the Circassian  new year. In the Circassian homeland, under the auspices of the government of the Republic of Adygea, a great celebration is held in the capital city of Maykup. Also in the other places of the Circassian homeland - the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Republic of Karashai-Circassia and the area of Shapsugia on the shores of the Black Sea, cultural events of the Circassian New Year take place.