Celebrations as thousands mark the beginning of the Assyrian New Year
For some of those newly arrived in Australia it was the first time they were able to celebrate the national day freely, after fleeing their war-torn country.
"Festivals like this keep their traditions alive and also help promote cross-cultural understanding amongst Australians."
Watch the SBS News report from Assyrian New Year 2016. Azadoota appears in the opening and closing shots.