Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people celebrate Akitu in Nohadra, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

NOHADRA, Kurdistan Region of Iraq — In Nohadra (Duhok), Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community celebrated the Babylonian Syriac–Assyrian New Year, Akitu 6774, with vibrant festivities that included the enthusiastic participation of Scout Troupes.

Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians from the diaspora, including from Europe, the US, and Australia, converged in Nohadra to partake in the festivities. Among them was Daniel Sada, who traveled from the US state of California.

“Babylonians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, and Assyrians are one people,” Sada remarked in an interview with Rudaw. “They share a common history and numerous cultural ties.”

Attendees adorned themselves in traditional folk costumes, vividly reflecting the rich civilization and cultural heritage of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community, which spans over 7,000 years.

“Akitu marks the beginning of the Syriac–Assyrian New Year, and I am adorned in traditional attire,” shared Ilyana Sliwa. “The event saw a large turnout, with many participants donning colorful folk costumes.”