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Chaldean Festival

Sep-12-2011 at 04:58 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

September 2, 2011 | Photo: J Kat Woronowicz

Chaldean Festival

by Nina Garin. SignOnSanDiego.com, September 2, 2011.

San Diego County is home to over 40,000 Chaldeans - indigenous people of Mesopotamia who speak Aramaic.

And the Chaldean Festival, which returns for a second year, celebrates the ancient culture through authentic food, traditional folk music, arts, dancing, sports and even fashion. The two-day event will also feature a performance by TIMZ, a rapper of Chaldean descent.

Last year's inaugural festival took place in El Cajon, but this time around it's moving to the McGrath Family YMCA in Spring Valley to accommodate more people for the already-popular celebration.

Details: Chaldean Festival. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. McGrath Family YMCA, 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Free; http://chaldeanfestival.org.

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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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