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Thousands of people celebrate Assyrian New Year at Fairfield Showground

Apr-03-2013 at 04:16 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Feridah Hidou of Fairfield during Assyrian New Year celebrations at Fairfield Showground.
Picture: Melvyn Knipe. Source: NewsLocal.

Thousands of people celebrate Assyrian New Year at Fairfield Showground
by Lauren McMah. Fairfield Advance, April 03, 2013.

THOUSANDS of years of Assyrian culture was celebrated at the Assyrian New Year Festival on Monday.

More than 8000 people converged on Fairfield Showground to mark the first day of the ancient Babylonian calendar with a day-long celebration that featured cultural performances, activities and a spectacular fireworks display.

An exhibition of historic relics, organised by the Young Assyrians group, showcased the 6000-year history of Assyrian people, while a dramatic arts piece depicted the arrival of the ancient King and Queen of Assyria.

In a special ceremony, Dr John Atto was awarded the Australian Assyrian of the Year award in recognition of his valuable contribution and for outstanding commitment to the community.

The annual event was hosted by the Assyrian Australian National Federation and the Assyrian Universal Alliance.

Before a large crowd of local and visiting community leaders and politicians, including Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Alliance deputy secretary general Hermiz Shahen spoke of the adversity faced by Assyrian people and appealed to the Australian government to assist Assyrian and other ethno-religious minorities in Iraq.

Sarah Dadisho, 21, Sabrina David, 13 and Gina David, 14, celebrate Assyrian New Year at Fairfield Showground. Picture: Melvyn Knipe. Source: NewsLocal.

Before a large crowd of local and visiting community leaders and politicians, including Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Alliance deputy secretary general Hermiz Shahen spoke of the adversity faced by Assyrian people and appealed to the Australian government to assist Assyrian and other ethno-religious minorities in Iraq.

Mr Shahen said Monday's event was the most successful festival in recent memory and thanked organisers and the Assyrian Universal Alliance.

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Apr-03-2013 at 04:18 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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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

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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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