Countdown on to new year fun

THE Assyrian New Year Festival is set to draw a crowd of thousands, continuing a celebration which dates back more that 6000 years.

The Assyrian Australian National Federation and the Assyrian Universal Alliance will host this year's event this Sunday, April 1.

The festivities start at 10am at Fairfield Showground.

Deputy secretary general of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, Hermiz Shahen, said the Assyrian New Year was the most important national festival handed down from the past.

"The beginning of spring was the day of major civil and religious celebrations for the ancient Assyrians," Mr Shahen said.

"Today, millions of Assyrians all over the world celebrate this day as the pre-eminent national festival."

The official opening will begin at 2.30pm with a variety of entertainment, including live musical performances, food, stalls, exhibitions and live professional wrestling shows.

The festival will end with a fireworks display at 9pm.

All communities are invited to come together and celebrate New Year's day with Australian Assyrians in Fairfield. This year the New Year Festival will be aired live on the internet so people can watch performances live wherever they are.

The festival can be viewed on m1media.com.au.

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