Assyrian New Year is an annual Assyrian holiday that has an ancient history and plays a major cultural role in the country. The holiday is celebrated on April 1.
The history of the Assyrian New Year dates back to the days of Assyria. The ancient state existed from the 17th century B.C. to the 7th century B.C. and was destroyed as a result of conflict with Midian and Ancient Babylon.
The celebration of this day has been preserved in the modern traditions of the peoples living in the territories of the former Assyria. At that time, the New Year occupied 12 days, as celebrated every first day of the new month. Specifically the date of April 1 played a major role in the life of ancient society, as it correlated with agricultural work.
Assyria acquired the status of an independent state in the 14th century BC. After its collapse, the former Assyrian territories were divided between Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey (today these new states are called exactly that). Various armed conflicts in these territories led to the dispersion of descendants of Assyrians in different countries, for this reason Assyrian New Year is celebrated in different parts of the world by representatives of Assyrian culture.
- The holiday is often found under the name “Akitu.
- The holiday is perceived as a “new beginning,” because on April 1 the trees are already in full bloom and nature comes to life. It is also the time when chickens and lambs are born.
How to celebrate
Learn more about Assyrian New Year traditions. You can talk to Assyrian culture that honors the traditions of the ancestors and celebrates the day.
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When is Assyrian New Year celebrated in 2024?
Assyrian New Year is observed on April 1 each year.