Abenaki New Year’s Day 2019

Joseph Joubert Facebook Abenaki New Year

Today – December 26, 2019 – the new moon following the winter solstice marks the beginning of the #Abenaki calendar: it is the New Year. On this day, it is customary to ask for forgiveness of our family, friends, and community as we enter a new cycle together. And so, I say to you all “Liwlaldamana (please) anhaldamawi kassi palilawlan.”


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2 thoughts on “Abenaki New Year’s Day 2019”

  1. It’s so interesting, Rich. Among Jews we call the days between the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of At-one-ment (Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and prayer) the Ten Days of Awe when we reflect upon our actions and ask for forgiveness from all we have harmed. This usually happens in Sept-October, according to the mainstream colonial calendar.

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    1. Hi Mishy! Yes, I have heard of this similar practice – it seems like a wonderful custom to observe in furtherance of maintaining community and honoring the fact that we are all in this together. Best wishes to you and yours at this time. – Rich

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