NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On the occasion of the Babylonian New Year, Akitu, a number of officials and leaders extended their heartfelt congratulations to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, including Shmuni Arsan, general officer of the Beth Nahrin Women’s Union, who said to SuroyoFM that Akitu is a symbol of the beginning of life and the renewal of nature as the seasons transition from winter to spring.
Arsan added that, historically, the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people celebrated Akitu from 21 March to 1 April with each day dedicated to the celebration of a special occasion only. However, noted Arsan, in the modern era, the celebration of Akitu is no longer a priority for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. Hard and continuous work is underway to revive Akitu, as an essential part of our heritage and culture, she stated.
She concluded by expressing her hope and confidence that the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people will unite in their historic land and celebrate Akitu across Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) and Tur Abdin (southern Turkey).