By Abbey Mikha
Assyrians have been celebrating the Assyrian New Year for 6767 years according to recorded history. This event is usually celebrated in parades and parties all over the world. Some of the most beautiful festivities are held in Nineveh and our entire homeland Assyria. Men, women, and children wear traditional clothes and dance for hours to folkloric Assyrian music while waving beautiful Assyrian flags. There is a lot of joy and laughter, but also tears after our nation and the world has become nations of refugees. People around the world are fleeing their homes to find other places to raise their children and build families. We as a world community still need to construct and preserve peace, but it seems those in power still believe in funding of evil wars that destroy nations, communities, families, and the lives of innocent children. Meanwhile in Assyria Assyrians still celebrate and always will because it is their tradition and because these festivities connect our soul to our ancient memories and to the heart of the Assyrian culture.
All Assyrians around the world have dreams, but there is a difference between the dreams of those Assyrians who live in diaspora and those Assyrians who live in the homeland. In the homeland our people have been living under a lot of stress and turmoil. They live in a war zone and their Assyrian land is occupied. They live in a country with an uncertain future. They live by the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” without knowing what will happen tomorrow. They live by faith.
Assyrian people outside of the homeland are concerned with their families, businesses, careers, school, and relationships. Their future is intertwined with the societies in which they live in whether it’s Canada, The United States, Australia, and or Europe. These Assyrians live a good life for the most part. For this reason they should be concerned about our Assyrian people living in the Assyrian homeland. These are our brothers and sisters and we need to build more and more bridges to help support them as much as possible.
6767 is the Assyrian New Year to be with your families. Keep those you love close to you and remember nothing is ever promised in life. There are various pictures coming from the Assyrian homeland of children in distress and in tears. They are lost and not because they have done anything wrong or bad but just because they happen to be Assyrians living onour own land Assyria, which is occupied by the Kurds and others, in a country full of chaos and pain where everyone wants the land to themselves. We need to support our people! We need to wake up as a diaspora. We need to do everything in our power to help. You may be even a person living with a disability and just have a computer and an internet connection, but you can still spread awareness. Anyone with love in their heart can help. Yes we can still spread love. It does not matter what the Babylonian new year was and little miniscule dates such as those to make more divisions between our people because we all know that the people who today call themselves Chaldeans are also the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.
I want to wish everyone a happy Assyrian New Year. May our Assyrian nation be blessed and not just survive the crimes against humanity that they have been facing but also thrive especially in the Assyrian homeland. May the turmoil that Assyria is suffering right now and has suffered turn into vindication for the children of Assyria. May the Assyrian diaspora rise up and defend their Assyrian people in the homeland and defend their land. Our power is in putting our hands and minds together. Our power is in the strength and ancientness of our civilization. As the Queen Zenobia once said to the Romans, “You may have the civilization of power, but we have the power of civilization.”
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Abbey is a writer and blogger interested in humanitarian issues. Abbey is striving to be a mental health consultant. She is writing her second book, "Not The End" and she hopes to speak to mental health communities all around the world using her story and experience with mental health to give hope to others struggling.
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