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. [http://lenta.ru/news/2008/07/01/calendar/ Туркменам вернули прежний календарь, Lenta.ru, 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. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7365346.stm 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:

References

ee also

*Gregorian Calendar

External links

* [http://www.geonames.de/months.html The months of the Gregorian (Christian) calendar in various languages]
* [http://www.geonames.de/days.html The days of the week in various languages]
* [http://www.gundogar.org/?0247046070000000000000011000000 Бердымухамедов велел вернуть старый календарь, Аркадий Дубнов, gundogar.org, 2008-04-25] Ru icon


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