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African Calendar

The African Calendar, also known as the "True Calendar," is a solar calendar with 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and six days in a leap year to account for the extra quarter day of each year. This calendar was heavily influenced by the sidereal solar calendar used by ancient Nile valley civilizations.

The thirteen months:

The months get their names from various deities of the African Pantheon.

1. Djety (Djehuty) - 30 days

2. Hapi - 30 days

3. Aiwé - 30 days

4. Atai - 30 days

5. Ngai - 30 days

6. Ogun - 30 days

7. Ośun - 30 days

8. Amma - 30 days

9. Bemba - 30 days

10. Nimba - 30 days

11. Uncama - 30 days

12. Amadioha - 30 days

13. Anansi - 5 days (6 days in leap years)

The Week

A week in the African Calendar is a time unit equal to five days, and there are 73 weeks in a year. In many cultures worldwide, weekdays are named after classical planets or gods of a pantheon. In the Unified Doors, like in the naming of months, the five days are named in honor of various deities in the African Pantheon.

1. Besday: First day of the week named in honor of Bes

2. Unkuday: Second day of the week named in honor of Unkulunkulu

3. Nanaday: Third day of the week named in honor of Nana Baluku

4. Shangday: Fourth day of the week named in honor of Shango

5. Amenday: Fifth day of the week named in honor of Amen

· Workweek: Besday, Unkuday, and Nanaday

· Weekend: Shangday and Amenday | Amenday, also known as Spirit/Prayer day, is comparable to Sunday of the 7-day week.

The Word "day" in Ki-Africa is "iky," pronounced [ee - kee], thus replacing the word day gives you the names of the week in Ki-Africa as shown below:

1. Besiky

2. Unkuiky

3. Nanaiky

4. Shangiky

5. Ameniky

Per the calendar formula, it is impossible for the additional day in Anansi on leap years to fall on any five days of the week. Thus, the day has a different name called "Eshuday," Eshuiky in Ki-Africa, which comes once every four years. The day is named after Eshu, herald of the gods. As the fable goes, the gods sent Eshu to give humans an extra day, but for some reason, he failed to deliver the day in the first three years and finally delivered it in the 4th year.


See Figure below for an example of a month (month of Djety):


Side Note: The calendar configuration remains unchanged yearly if you swap out the month of Djety with either of the first 12 months.


Fun Fact!

Your birthday will always fall on the same day you were born. That is to say, if you are born on a Shangday, your birthday will fall on Shangday throughout your lifetime. Thus, you have both a birth-month and a weekly birth-day to celebrate!



Figure showing the month of Anansi over a four-year span.

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