In pictures: Duhok's Assyrians celebrate 12 days of Akitu
In twelve days of the Akitu festival, Assyrians are celebrating their 6767th new year. The festivities in Duhok began on Sunday.
Assyrians, who consider themselves to be the original people of Mesopotamia, wear traditional clothes highlighted by shades of purple.
Traditionally a twelve-day festival, it begins on the first new moon after the spring equinox and is dedicated to the rebirth of Marduk and his victory when he created the world out of chaos.
The Akitu festival marks the rebirth of nature in the spring, securing the life and future of the people for the coming year.
Photos by Vanessa Powell