Assyrian calendar

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The Assyrian calendar is a solar calendar which begins in the year 4750 BC, begun by the internal date of the foundation of Assur. [1] [2] The year begins with the first sight of Spring.[ clarification needed ] The Assyrian new year is still celebrated every year with festivals and gatherings. As of April 2018 AD, it is the 6768th year of the Assyrian calendar, and this calendar is used among many Assyrian communities.

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It begins 4,750 years before the Gregorian calendar. For example, it is set out like this: 2018+4750 = Assyrian year 6768.

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

Months

Assyrian calendar [3] [ unreliable source? ]
SeasonMonthTransliterationInfoBlessed byDaysGregorian calendar
SpringܢܝܣܢNisanMonth of Happiness Enlil 31April
ܐܝܪIyarMonth of LoveKhaya31May
ܚܙܝܪܢHzirinMonth of Building Sin 31June
SummerܬܡܘܙTammuzMonth of Harvesting Tammuz 31July
ܐܒ/ܛܒܚAb / TibbakhMonth of Ripening of Fruits Shamash 31August
ܐܝܠܘܠIloolMonth of Sprinkling of Seeds Ishtar 31September
Autumnܬܫܪܝܢ ܐTishrin IMonth of Giving Anu 30October
ܬܫܪܝܢ ܒTishrin IIMonth of Awakening of Buried Seeds Marduk 30November
ܟܢܘܢ ܐKanoon I (Chisleu)Month of Conceiving Nergal 30December
Winterܟܢܘܢ ܒKanoon II (Tebet)Month of RestingNasho30January
ܫܒܛShebatMonth of Flooding Raman 30February
ܐܕܪAdaarMonth of Evil SpiritsRokhaty29March

The intercalary month, added when the new moon following Adaar predates vernal equinox, is called Ve-Adad.

See also

References

  1. Timeline Of Assyria
  2. Assyrian Calendar
  3. "The True Assyrian Calendar - Assyrian Knowledge". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2012-11-25.