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little.bird: The Calendar System

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As a journalist, Lizzie Curious’ adventures are necessarily intertwined with time. I decided it would be fun to create a calendar system for their society. I was also rather inspired by playing Glitch, which uses a nifty and completely whimsical calendar system. I’ve listed the months, including the number of days in each, and a short summary of important events that take place during them. Updates will occur as I “discover” them!

  • Alephba – 8 days
    A very solemn holy month during which citizens remember the Dark Ages and repent for ancient civilizations’ disregard for the warnings and teachings of the Alephes.
  • Dkusat – 26
    Literally, “the second month of the year.”
  • Shekka – 32
  • Neffituhr – 35
    Literally translates to “the delicate flower dies,” Neffituhr marks the end of the year’s finest weather. The next several months are made up of back-breaking work, and the “neffi,” a favored flower of most Ejlipsans, withers in the heat.
  • Shin – 4
    The growing season officially ends. The Shin Festival takes place.
  • Kerrif – 30
    The first month of the harvesting season. The harvesting months of Kerrif, Mab and Lhu are named after the first Alephes of Ejlipsa, who are largely held responsible for rebuilding society after the Dark Age into what is known today. They are regarded similar to saints.
  • Mab – 30
  • Lhu – 36
    The last month of harvesting and intense general industry.
  • Omdset – 14
    This month marks a break from the difficult work of the last three months. Farmers deal with their harvest while the middle- to upper-class members of society experience a slow in industry. It is also considered a time of giving thanks. This is the beginning of the flooding season.
  • Bindmak – 3
    After farmers count their crop  intake, the numbers are reported to the Alphes.  If the result is good, Bindmak is a time of celebration. If not, the whole of Ejlipsa spends its days at one of the three temples praying for repentance and fast as punishment.
  • Was – 26
  • Wabhanhe – 32
  • Temkesat – 19
    Literally, “the twelfth month of the year.”
  • Udrensat – 19
    Literally, “the thirteenth month of the year.”
  • Bahanealpheh – 40
    Literally, “the month before Aleph.” An exceptionally long month, it is spent toiling in preparation for Aleph & Alephba. The flooding season ends, and the growing season begins.
  • Aleph – 1
    A holy month, during which the people of Ejlipsa honor their Alephes. This is a semi-solemn tradition. The Alephes parade the streets, and citizens lay offerings at the steps of the palace.
  • Mesat – 10

According to this lovely made-for-kids website about farming in ancient Egypt, farmers essentially divided up the year into three main sections: Growing (Oct – Feb), harvesting (March – May), and flooding (June – Sept). Here is how the new calendar system loosely corresponds: Bahanealpheh – Shin (growing), Kerrif – Lhu (harvesting), and Bindmak – Bahanealpheh (flooding). (Note: Bahanealpheh is a long month, therefore spans two seasons.)

This is mostly useful for my own mental understanding of my world’s calendar. As I said, these correlations are loose. Although I wish this calendar could span a different number of days than the Gregorian 365 (which is what we use), but I don’t know enough about calendar systems to create something that would accurately reflect the discrepancy in the Earth’s yearly revolution to satisfy me. (I know that our own calendar system isn’t a perfect reflection of the planet’s orbit, but the absolute basics are my only point of reference.)

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