The Calendar

The calendar is clearly of ancient origin.  It is a calendar of twelve months alternating between 29 and 30 days each followed by an intercalary month, usually nine days long. The calendar was originally a lunar calendar but has been adapted through the intercalary month to conform to the solar year.

Because of the intercalary month, the lunar cycle slips out of synch with the solar cycle.  However, the years on which the 1st Day of Ralialul (New Year’s Day) and the first day of a lunar month occur on the same day (about once every 19 years) are known as “Moon Years” and are considered especially sacred and/or lucky in many cultures.  In Greatvale, the New Year’s Day of a Moon Year is known as “Monanhælletung” meaning “Moon’s Greeting” and is a great feast day, as is the final day of the 12th Month, which is known as “Monanforthweg” or “Moon’s Departure”.

The fact that all the month names are in the Elder Tongue hints at its truly ancient origins.  In some realms, a local variation on the month names exists alongside the traditional names.

MonthNameMeaningGreatvale NameNo. of DaysApprox. Gregorian
1RalialulRain monthRegenmath29March
2AbulilulLengtheningLenctenmath30April
3KinidululFlowers monthBlostmath29May
4GanadululTrees monthTreowmath30June
5ShadjalulSun monthSunnemath29July
6ZozhalulHeat monthHæthemath30August
7EtendelulHarvest monthHærfestmath29September
8OktotululLeaves monthLeafmath30October
9AbumilulShorteningCyrtenmath29November
10DunnolulDark monthDeorcmath30December
11LawalalulSnow monthSnawmath29January
12OthalulWind monthWindmath30February
MeralulBetween monthMidmath9-12 [1]

[1] The length of the Meralul is calculated every year and is usually nine days long, but may be longer if the calendar has slipped out of alignment with the sun.