Renaming of Turkmen months and days of week, 2002

Renaming of Turkmen months and days of week, 2002

On August 10, 2002, the government of Turkmenistan adopted a law to rename all the months and most of the days of week. The names were chosen according to Turkmen national symbols, as described in Ruhnama, a book written by Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan's first president for life.

Since the law was passed the new names were used in all Turkmen state-owned media. Publications in languages other than Turkmen often use the new names too, especially those that were targeted at Russian-speaking citizens of Turkmenistan, with the old name sometimes written in brackets. The old month names were still used in popular speech, however. [ Туркменам вернули прежний календарь,, July 1, 2008 ru icon] ]

On April 23, 2008 it was reported that the cabinet of ministers of Turkmenistan discussed restoring the old names of the months and days of week. [ [ Turkmen Go Back to Old Calendar] ] The old names were finally restored in July 2008

The old month names were taken from the Russian language. The new adopted Turkmen month names are as follows:

The new adopted days of week names are as follows:


ee also

*Gregorian Calendar

External links

* [ The months of the Gregorian (Christian) calendar in various languages]
* [ The days of the week in various languages]
* [ Бердымухамедов велел вернуть старый календарь, Аркадий Дубнов,, 2008-04-25] Ru icon

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