Tuesday, December 14, 2004


There are 20 hours to each day, 8 days to a week, 5 weeks to a month, 10 months to a year
One year = 400 days, 50 weeks
First five days of the week are work days for all occupations and school days for children, followed by a three-day weekend where the first day is market day, next day popular for performances and social gatherings as well as community meetings, last day often given over to rest and quiet. Exceptions are lighters and sinners -- they must work when the weather allows.
Ferry schedules (and consequently some work and performance/meeting schedules) are run according to tides -- many ferries cannot run during high tide because there is no morrie vaseo when leviathans can approach shores or inlets.

Day one: Moja (Swahili)
Day two: Iki (Turkish)
Day three: San (Chinese)
Day four: Empat (Indonesian)
Day five: Ot (Hungarian)
Day six: Roku (Japanese)
Day seven: Sju (Swedish)
Day eight: Shmonah (Arabic)

Month one: Raccolto [means harvest in Italian] (main harvest begins this month, New Year, big honey harvest, apples dipped in honey -- school resumes, autumnal weather, storms at end)
Month two: Burzas [means storms in Polish] (onset of winter, long storms, hog slaughter)
Month three: Kall [means cold in Swedish] (coldest month)
Month four: Jian [means shearing] (cold but starting to warm at end -- sheep shearing)
Month five: Yaomur [means rain in Turkish] (rain month, much fog, rice planting)
Month six: Nastere [means birth in Rumanian] (spring month, lambs and kids born, some slaughter, planting in earnest)
Month seven: Lamminsade [means warm rain in Finnish] (spring continues, two week period of storms)
Month eight: Med [means honey in Czech] (eel migration and harvest, beginning of summer, first light harvest, first honey harvest = school out)
Month nine: Ljeto [means summer in Serbo-Croatian] (high summer)
Month ten: Mchele [means rice in Swahili] (late summer, cooling begins, rice harvest)

Copyright 2007 Maggie Jochild

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