The Assyrian calendar is a lunar 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.

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


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 30 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

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

Of note, the names of the months of the Gregorian calendar in current Arabic are all pronounced very similarly to the Assyrian original version in the above table.

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