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History of Assyrian New Year
The Assyrian new year (Akkadian: AkituApril 1 


Asshur the King of the Assyrian Gods

The festival is called Akitu in ancient Assyrian and Kha b-Nisan or Ha b-Nison (ܚܕ ܒܢܝܣܢ "First of Spring") in Neo-Aramaic.  It is celebrated by Assyrians around the world with parties, parades and many other ceremonies held in honor of the event. It is currently the year 6758 according to the Assyrian calendar.

April 1st is the Assyrian New Year. It is the most important national festival handed down thru history from the remote past. The Assyrians of today all over the world celebrate this day as their national festival.

Before the Assyrian embraced Christianity in the first century A.D., the new year was celebrated on what would be our 21st of March according to the ancient calendar. This date then and as it does now is the very beginning of Spring. Centuries before the fall of the Assyrian Empire in 612 BC. When its power and civilization spread all over the Middle East. Other nations like Medes, Persians and Arabs celebrated the 21st of March as the New Year for all the ancient world.
                                                           
                                                                               The walls of Nineveh (partly reconstructed)
After the Assyrians converted to Christianity in the first century and the Gregorian calendar was established in the Christian world, the Assyrian also accepted the new calendar and they moved their new year from March 21st to April 1st. Iranians and the people of iraq (Arabs, Assyrians and Kurds) today celebrate this day on March 21st. In Iran the New Years Day is called “NoRuz” meaning “New Day”.

This day was designated as the official national day for Assyrians all over the world by the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) in 1968. it is the beginning of Spring when nature wakes up from the winter sleep, and the trees, plants, fields and flowers begin to
bloom again. This means regaining new life to which the Assyrian forefathers gave a great credit in their philosophy of creation. Revival and rising from death played a big role in their mythology.
                                                                                        

This festival was celebrated for 12 days. The tablets discovered and deciphered by the archaeologists explain the festivities celebrated in those days. In Assyria this festival was the most important event on the year. People from all over the Empire came to either the political capital, Nineveh or the religious capital, Babylon and participated in the celebration. There were elaborate and magnificent processions to and from the great temple in Babylon called “Esagila”.

  Assyrians of today celebrate the 1st of April by holding parades and parties. They also gather in clubs and social institutions and listen to the poets who recite the story of creation and have a good time.

   Assyrian New Year was the biggest festival in ancient Assyrian and Babylonian Empires. It started on March 21st which was the first day of the month (Nissan) and the beginning of the New Year for the Assyrian calendar.


This festival was celebrated for 12 days. The tablets discovered and deciphered by the archaeologists explain the festivities celebrated in those days. In Assyria this festival was the most important event on the year. People from all over the Empire came to either the political capital, Nineveh or the religious capital, Babylon and participated in the celebration. There were elaborate and magnificent processions to and from the great temple in Babylon called “Esagila”.

Nowadays the Assyrian New Year falls close to the Easter holidays which remembers the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ which ties in the ancient and contemporary history of the Assyrian people.

Come and celebrated this new day
with the Assyrians


 






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