01/04/2021

Beth Nahrin National Council congratulates Syriac people on Akitu and calls for participation in celebrations

In a statement on Akitu, the Babylonian–Chaldean–Assyrian New Year, the Beth Nahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) released a statement indicating the importance of maintaining ancestral celebrations to ensuring the strength of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) identity.

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Thousands of years ago, the first urban landmarks appeared evidently in the land of Beth Nahrin and the Middle East, which possessed the appropriate grounds for organizing human life, where sciences intersected with this holy land to begin the phase of urban growth. Our Syriac (Aramean-Assyrian-Chaldean) people preserved the cultural roots and origins that emerged from Beth Nahrin, the cradle of civilizations, and they were spread later in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Akitu, the Spring Festival, symbolizes the civilizational and cultural richness of the people who live in a land irrigated by the Tigris and Euphrates. It also symbolizes joy and renewal, since the 1st of April embodies a popular festival in which the fruits of life, mythology and political and social will are evident.

In Akitu, manual, literary and cultural works are displayed to reflect the importance of preserving organizational and life values, because Akitu essence reflects the value of life versus death, light versus darkness, and good versus evil. Our Syriac (Aramean-Assyrian-Chaldean) people throughout history lost many of the values ​​that magnify life and its strength, and thus they lost a large part of Akitu meaning. The reason for this was due to the occupation and policies of sabotage and assimilation practiced by the successive rulers of the region. The great civilization emanating from Beth Nahrin is now breathing the spirit of life, and its path is similar to the destiny of our people. Thus, it is the duty of all our people to get rid of all evils and deadly choices.

As organized individuals must lead the new life according to the experiences and knowledge they have acquired, we must also bring our people from the bottom of the abyss to the light, and urge them to preserve their historical and cultural values, which are of great importance to its national existence.

The Beth Nahrin National Council expressed its firm belief in the ability of our Syriac (Aramean-Assyrian-Chaldean) people to revive their identity, by preserving the land of their ancestors, their culture, their successive civilizations and their historical names.

On this basis, we will celebrate Akitu, the New Year and the Spring Festival in every place of our people presence. We will introduce to the world the richness of our ancient cultural heritage.

In the name of the Beth Nahrin National Council, we offer our warmest congratulations to all of our Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, without any distinction between its names, its historical denominations and its geographical regions. We invite our Syriac (Aramean-Assyrian-Chaldean) people to participate in the Akitu celebrations as a response to the attempts of all the forces that aim to erase our values.

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