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MÝkmawey Calendar

The MÝkmawey Calendar begins on Spring Equinox, either March 20 or March 21 on the Gregorian Calendar. It follows the cycle of the 13 Moons, with each Moon having 28 days. There is a "intercalary day", an extra day that does not appear on the calendar, between Apunknajit 28 and Kjik˙s 1, known as the Year End Day, and is a day of rest and celebration. Every four years there is a Leap Day, which follows after Year End Day.

Mi'kmaq Name English Translation
Kjik˙s Great Moon
Siwkewik˙s Maple Sugar
Penamuik˙s Birds Lay Eggs
Etquljuik˙s Frogs Croaking
Nipnik˙s Leaves Full Blossom
Peskewik˙s Birds Shed Feathers
Kisikwekewik˙s Ripening Time
Wikumkewik˙s Moose Calling Time
Wikewik˙s Fat Tame Animals
Keptekewik˙s Rivers About To Freeze
Kiskewik˙s Chief Moon
Punamujuik˙s Spawn of Tom-Cod
Apunknajit Sun Is Very Strong

Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian calendar is the one commonly used today. It was proposed by Aloysius Lilius, a physician from Naples, and adopted by Pope Gregory XIII in accordance with instructions from the Council of Trent (1545-1563) to correct for errors in the older Julian Calendar. It was decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in a papal bull in February 1582.

Mi'kmaq Name English Correspondence
Punamujuik˙s January
Apunknajit February
Siwkewik˙s March
Penamuik˙s April
Etquljuik˙s May
Nipnik˙s June
Peskewik˙s July
Kisikwekewik˙s August
Wikumkewik˙s September
Wikewik˙s October
Keptekewik˙s November
Kiskewik˙s December

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