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Children ring in the Assyrian New Year

by Lauren McMah. Fairfield Advance, April 3, 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM UT


Assyrian New Year - Akitu - 6762 Kha B'Nesan festival - Australia. Photo: Nick Andrean

AUSTRALIA, Fairfield — Youngsters at Kids World Kindy dazzled the audience during the preschool’s Assyrian New Year concert on Thursday.

The children, aged from two to four years, spent two weeks rehearsing daily for the annual concert, where they performed two songs, one in Assyrian and the other in English.

Kids World Kindy’s Assyrian New Year concert

“It was absolutely amazing and the parents were very excited,” the manager of the preschool, Frangie Warda, said.

“Especially because I have other nationalities here, like Asian and Aussie children, and they learnt all the words to the Assyrian songs - and for this age, they’re very hard words.

“Many parents had tears in their eyes.”

The children dressed in traditional Assyrian costumes and held Australian and Assyrian flags as they assembled on stage to perform an Assyrian song, the iconic ballad I Am Australian, and a hearty round of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi”.

After the performance, family members and staff remained to enjoy tea, coffee and Assyrian sweets and biscuits.

Mrs Warda said she was very proud the whole preschool community joined in for the celebrations of the Assyrian New Year.

“For the Assyrians, this day is like Chinese New Year or the New Year in December, and we are very proud to celebrate it.”

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