Assyrian calendar

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The Assyrian calendar is a solar calendar used by modern Assyrian people. The year begins with the first sight of Spring.[clarification needed] 4750 BC was set as its first year in the 1950s,[1] based on a series of articles published in the Assyrian nationalist magazine Gilgamesh, edited by the brothers Addi Alkhas and Jean Alkhas and Nimrod Simono.[2] The Assyrian new year is still celebrated every year with festivals and gatherings. As of April 2019 AD, it is the 6769th year of the Assyrian calendar, and this calendar is used among many Assyrian communities.

It begins 4,750 years before the Gregorian calendar. For example, it is set out like this: 2019+4750 = Assyrian year 6769.

The Assyrian month names are also used in the Arabic Gregorian solar calendar in the Levant and Mesopotamia (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria).

Months[edit]

Assyrian calendar[3][unreliable source?]
Season Month Transliteration Info Blessed by Days Gregorian calendar
Spring ܢܝܣܢ Nisan Month of Happiness Enlil 31 April
ܐܝܪ Iyar Month of Love Khaya 31 May
ܚܙܝܪܢ Hzirin Month of Building Sin 31 June
Summer ܬܡܘܙ Tammuz Month of Harvesting Tammuz 31 July
ܐܒ/ܛܒܚ Ab / Tibbakh Month of Ripening of Fruits Shamash 31 August
ܐܝܠܘܠ Ilool Month of Sprinkling of Seeds Ishtar 31 September
Autumn ܬܫܪܝܢ ܐ Tishrin I Month of Giving Anu 30 October
ܬܫܪܝܢ ܒ Tishrin II Month of Awakening of Buried Seeds Marduk 30 November
ܟܢܘܢ ܐ Kanoon I (Chisleu) Month of Conceiving Nergal 30 December
Winter ܟܢܘܢ ܒ Kanoon II (Tebet) Month of Resting Nasho 30 January
ܫܒܛ Shebat Month of Flooding Raman 30 February
ܐܕܪ Adaar Month of Evil Spirits Rokhaty 29 March

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wozniak, Marta (2012). "Far from Aram-Nahrin: The Suryoye Diaspora Experience". In Eamer, Allyson (ed.). Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the 21st Century. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-84888-117-4.
  2. ^ Alkhas, Wilfred (2008). "Assyrian Calendar". nineveh.com. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ "The True Assyrian Calendar - Assyrian Knowledge". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2012-11-25.