The Akitu holiday: renewal and revival of life

Akitu or Assyrian New Year, one of the oldest holidays in the region, celebrated by the Syriac, Babylonian, Chaldean and Assyrian peoples of the region, and reflects the renewed and revival of life with the coming of spring.

As part of the celebration of the components and peoples of the region in the coming spring, the Syriac people celebrate Akitu, which falls on the first of April of each year, and symbolizes the renewal of the cycle of life in nature through the spring equinox with the first appearance of the new moon in the spring and the balance between night and day.

The Akitu is linked to nature, as the ancient peoples were celebrating this holiday, considering its arrival the barley harvest season and were also celebrating in September the arrival of wheat harvest, and the development of the Akitu from an agricultural celebration to the National Day of the New Year.

The, Syriac, Chaldean and Assyrian people of the region celebrate this occasion by going out into the bosom of nature and practicing their religious rites, as well as celebrating through singing and holding Dabka in celebration of the renewal and revitalization of life in the spring.

Thaer Isaac Syriani, from Tirbe Spiyê, explained that all the peoples of the region celebrate the spring holidays, including the Syriac people, which celebrates the day of the Akitu, which reflects the revival and renewal of life during the spring.

Thaer pointed out that all the peoples in the region used to celebrate this occasion, according to their specificity by going out into the bosom of nature for several days, holding Dabka, singing and practicing their religious rituals.

Thaer Isaac congratulated this year's Akitu on all components of North and East Syria, including Kurds, Arabs and Syriacs. He wished them a year of good and peace and that safety and security would prevail for the peoples of the region.

The people of the region will celebrate Syriac and Assyrian holiday Akitu tomorrow through celebrations and religious rituals.


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