22/03/2022

Syriac people participate in Nowruz celebrations in North and East Syria

ZALIN, HASAKAH, Syria — Nowruz is a national holiday for the Kurdish people. It is celebrated by lighting fires and performing traditional dances to folk music in nature.

As an expression of positive intercommunal relations and coexistence between the ethnic groups in North and East Syria, a delegation from the institutions of the Beth Nahrain National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) participated in the Nowruz celebration organized by the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) in Zalin (Qamishli) and Hasakah.

The Syriac Cultural Association participated in the Nowruz celebration held in the village of Himo in the Zalin countryside. Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) folk troupe Yerthotha performed several folk dances.

The Syriac Security Forces (Sutoro), alongside the Internal Security Forces (ISF), secured the celebration.

Since the establishment of the DAA in North and East Syria, peoples of the region have had the freedom to celebrate their national and ethnic holidays, such as Nowruz, Akitu, and others, under the auspices and support of the DAA which considered them official holidays.

The Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria and the European Syriac Union (ESU) extended their congratulations to the Kurdish people. They wished the Kurdish people and all the Syrian people goodness, peace, and prosperity and hoped for the continued construction of a democratic and just Syria for all.

Head of the Syriac National Council of Syria (SNCS) and Co-Chair of the U.S. Mission of the Syrian Democratic Council in Washington, D.C. Bassam Ishak congratulated all those who celebrate Nowruz, wishing a, “Happy Newroz, a blessed New Year to all.”

The General Command of the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS) extended its warmest congratulations on the advent of Nowruz, hoping continued love and peace for all.

The Syriac Security Forces (Sutoro) also offered congratulations on Nowruz, considering it as the highest meaning of renewal and freedom throughout history and sees the joint celebration of holidays as one of the most important features of struggle and unity against oppression.