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The Assyrian calendar (Syriac : ܣܘܼܪܓܵܕ݂ܵܐ ܐܵܬ݂ܘܿܪܵܝܵܐsūrgāḏā ʾĀṯōrāyā) is a solar calendar used by modern Assyrian people.



Historically and also in some sources in the modern day, Assyrians dated their calendar according to the Seleucid reckoning (Syriac : ܕܝܲܘܢܵܝܹ̈ܐd-yawnāyē, literally "of the Greeks"), beginning on the first day of Tešrīn Qḏīm in 312 BC. [1]

The modern Assyrian calendar, however, uses a different reckoning: 4750 BC was set as its first year in the 1950s, [2] based on a series of articles published in the Assyrian nationalist magazine Gilgamesh; the first came in 1952 and written by Nimrod Simono and dealt with the Akitu festival, then an article by Jean Alkhas in 1955 (April, issue 34) fixed the year 4750 BC as the starting point. [3] Alkhas referenced his information to a French archaeologist, whom he did not name, as stating that a cuneiform tablet dating to 4750 BC mentioned the year of the calming of the great flood and beginning of life. [4]

New year

The year begins with the first sight of Spring. In the Julian calendar, the vernal equinox moved gradually away from 21 March. The Gregorian calendar reform restored the vernal equinox to its original date, but since the festival was by now tied to the date, not the astronomical event, Kha b-Nisan remains fixed at 21 March in the Julian reckoning, corresponding to 1 April in the Gregorian calendar. [5] and the calendar adopted by the ancient Assyrians had the month "Nisan" at the beginning of the calendar [6] lending to the term "Kha b-Nisan", or the "first of Nisan".


Assyrian calendar [1]
Season Syriac Transliteration Arabic equivalent Hebrew equivalentJulian/Gregorian equivalent
SpringܐܵܕܲܪʾĀḏarآذَار (ʾĀḏār)אֲדָר (ʾĂḏār)March
ܢܝܼܣܵܢNīsānنَيْسَان (Naysān)נִיסָן‎ (Nīsān)April
ܐܝܼܵܪʾĪyārأَيَّار (ʾAyyār)אִיָּר (ʾĪyyār)May
SummerܚܙܝܼܪܵܢḤzīrānحَزِيرَان (Ḥazīrān)סִיוָן (Sīwān)June
ܬܲܡܘܼܙTammūzتَمُّوز (Tammūz)תַּמּוּז (Tammūz)July
ܐܵܒ\ܛܲܒܵܚʾĀb/Ṭabbāḥآب (ʾĀb)אָב (ʾĀḇ)August
AutumnܐܝܼܠܘܼܠʾĪlūlأَيْلُول (ʾAylūl)אֱלוּל (ʾĔlūl)September
ܬܸܫܪܝܼܢ ܐTešrīn Qḏīmتِشْرِين ٱلْأَوَّل (Tišrīn al-ʾAwwal)תִּשׁרִי‎ (Tišrī)October
ܬܸܫܪܝܼܢ ܒTešrīn [ʾ]Ḥrāyتِشْرِين ٱلثَّانِي (Tišrīn aṯ-Ṯānī)מַרְחֶשְׁוָן (Marḥešwān)November
Winterܟܵܢܘܿܢ ܐKānōn Qḏīmكَانُون ٱلْأَوَّل (Kānūn al-ʾAwwal)כִּסְלֵו (Kislēw)December
ܟܵܢܘܿܢ ܒKānōn [ʾ]Ḥrāyكَانُون ٱلثَّانِي (Kānūn aṯ-Ṯānī)טֵבֵת (Ṭēḇēṯ)January
ܫܒ݂ܵܛŠḇāṭشُبَاط (Šubāṭ)שְׁבָט (Šḇāṭ)February

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