Mar 28, 2013

Assyria: Celebrating New Year In Australia


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The Assyrian Australian National Federation and the Assyrian Universal Alliance are collaborating to celebrate the most important national festival for the Assyrian community, New Year’s day.

Below is an article published by Fairfield City Champion:

Assyrians from here and abroad have been called to join the annual festival of the Assyrian New Year which will be held on Easter Monday [1 April 2013] at Fairfield Showgrounds.

The Assyrian Australian National Federation and the Assyrian Universal Alliance will combine to celebrate their heritage and promote cross-cultural understanding.

"The Assyrian new year is the most important national festival handed down through history from the remote past," said Hermiz Shahen, the alliance's deputy secretary-general.

"Millions of Assyrians all over the world celebrate this day as the pre-eminent national festival.

"We invite all communities to come together and celebrate this New Year day with Australian Assyrians."

Mr Shahen expects a crowd of 10,000 at the festival, which will run from 10am to 10pm, with the official opening at 2.30pm.

There will be live entertainment, food, games and rides for children and, at 9pm, a fireworks display that can be watched online, live or on delay.