Days of the Week
The names for the days of the week are
atnin or al'tnin = Monday
atalut = Tuesday
araboE or arerbaA = Wednesday
note : araboE is more often used than arerbaA which can be taken
as a variation of the language
Kamis or kamis or alkamis Thursday
jmAt or aljmAt Friday
senbet n'ish (lit.= small senber) Saturday
senbet Abay (lit.= big senbet) Sunday.
Note that the al- added to atnin , Kamis, jmAt
is the influence of Arabic. As a speaker of Tigre you would
perhaps find it very useful to know the names of the week days in
Arabic because many Tigre people use the Arabic form in many
Months of the year:
Tigre people in rural Eritrea use the lunar year which falls in
12 months but it is shorter than the solar year by about
8 days / year . So the duration of one month in the lunar year
is 30 days or 29 days. So if the month completes its cycle in
only 29 day and the cresent appears on the night of the 30th
day, the 30th day becomes the first day of the new month and
shahar atesaA, which means the month ended on the 29th day.
1. maEshura -----> this is the first month of the lunar year.
2. sefer/ or medagn
3. rebiE awol
4. rebiE aKr
5. jmad awol
6. jmad aKr
9. remedan -----> this is the 9th month of the year and it is
the fasting month for moslems.
10. feTr ------> the first day of this month is a moslem
holiday as it commomerates the end of the
fasting of remedan and called Id feTr or Id
11. feTr Har
12. Haj -------> this is the month on which moslems make the
pilgrimage to Mecca, which falls in the 9th
and 10th day of the month. So the 10th day
is a moslem holiday called Id Haj.
The European calander is also used among urban dwellers and
people who have attended modern schools. It would be useful for
any body who learns Tigre to know the names of the months for the
European year in Arabic as it is used by urbanized Tigre peope.
End of Lesson 37
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