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Assyria Day to Pass Down Culture

Jun-30-2011 at 01:22 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Day to pass down culture
by Sally Lee. Fairfield City Champion, Australia. June 28, 2011 at 04:58 PM

This Friday marks an important day for Assyrian communities worldwide.
Assyria Day is on July 1 and hopes to unify and educate young Assyrians about their roots.

Deputy secretary general of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, Hermiz Shahen, said the aim of the day was to "build a bridge" between the Assyrian communities.

"Frankly we don't have a homeland so this day is important to unify Assyrians and to remind them about their culture and traditions," he said.

"We are especially concentrating on the youth and teaching them about our ancestors."

Mr Shahen also hopes the day will raise awareness about the "recent atrocities our people are facing back home".

"One of the reasons behind this day is also learning about how we were forced out of our homelands, which were mainly Iraq, south-east Turkey, Iran and Syria," he said.

"Assyria Day reminds us of our rights to claim back our homeland . . . and to spread awareness about the needs and demands of the Assyrians in Iraq today."

The day will include screening of a documentary outlining the ancient Assyrian history, poems and speeches.

This year, the alliance is celebrating with a free event on Sunday, July 3 from 5pm to 8pm at Ur Ashur, 1677 on the Horsley Drive, Horsley Park.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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