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April 13, 2023

Hundreds flock to Duhok to celebrate Assyrian New Year

Hundreds of people joined the Assyrian community in Duhok, Iraq, in celebration of the Assyrian New Year on Sunday with live musical performances and traditional dances.
Rudaw’s Peshawa Pahlavi said Christians across the Kurdistan region and Iraq travelled to Duhok for the Akitu festival, marking the 6,768th Assyrian New Year.
The traditional clothes worn by them, which date back more than 600 years, show the rich history of Iraq.
The Akitu festival marks the rebirth of nature in the spring, securing the life and future of the people for the coming year.
Traditionally a 12-day festival, it is celebrated by Assyrians worldwide through festivals, parties, parades and other cultural activities.

Akitu, this year, follows Easter after the first full moon of the vernal equinox.
Photo: AFP

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