Friday, January 28, 2011

The Melanau Calendar

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Wearing Ipok Balau (Sago Spirit) Mask during Kaul Festival (Melanau New Year)

 The Melanau used a lunar-based calendar where Bulan Pengejin, the first month of the year starts in March. During this month, the Melanau celebrate the Kawul (Kaul) Festival, which constitutes both a thanksgiving for a bountiful year past and a prayer for a bountiful year ahead.

The Melanau calendar comprises 12 months, each month consisting of 30 days. The Melanau calendar is guided by the constellations and the way of nature, as is that of their guardian spirits (‘gods’).

Each month is named after the occurrences during the specific month or after events that is supposed to have occurred during that particular month according to legend. The rise and fall of the sun, the moon and the stars determines their time for planting and harvesting, fishing and building as well as other movements, such as travel, marriages and the like.

The Melanau Calendar ( Bulan Melanau) serves as an important guide for daily activities of livelihood such as fishing, planting, harvesting, house construction and marriage because the calendar is guided by the constellations and the way of nature, the spirits and god. The First month begins in March. Each month consists of 30 days. The names of the Month are as follows:

Gregorian
Melanau Month
March Pengejin ( The Month of the Spirits)
April Pengelawah Umik (The Month of the Lesser Clear Water)
May Pengelawah Ayeng (The month of the Greater Clear Water)
June Paka Umik (The Month of the Rise of the Lesser Stars)
July Paka Ayeng (The Month of the Rise of the Greater Stars)
August Pelepa’ (Month of Plentiful)
September Pegalan (Month of the North Star)
October Suwah (The Month of the Waves)
November Pidai (The Month of the Discoloured Skies)
December Penangaih (The Month of Revival)
January Pemalei (The Month of Taboo)
February Pengesiseng (The Month of the Gills)
Read more about Bulan Melanau here

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11 comments:

  1. Bro , menyabik kebenaran ba copy maklumat pasal melanau dari blog no.untuk berkongsi dengan anak2 melanau kik.harap da keberatan.

    Thanks

    Hans - Anak Melanau

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  2. ok. Mun kena tulih kawak link asal balik ke website itou :)

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  3. buleh tahan, nda akow sangka selama itow bei bulan-bulan likow melanau.

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  4. likou telou aneng bei tamadun jahak kerajaan wak ngak bei lian Majapahit :)

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  5. Wow... ada juga bulan2 dalam masyarakt Melanau. Minta kebenaran nak share link + entri2 yang berkaitan. Terima Kasih!
    http://likomato.blogspot.com/

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  6. TQ for the source bro... we are from different side, but a same tribes...Melanau. I give a kredit for your blog...TQ again

    http://likomato.blogspot.com/2011/11/aku-dan-warisan-bangsa-kalendar-melanau.html

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  7. You are welcome. You may share the any content of this blog provided you redit it to Learn Melanau :). The more we share the better it is. May our culture can stand the test of time.

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  8. TQ... will make a more post about melanau and wil give u a kredit and sometimes will inform u to. Sharing is awesome...

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  9. dagen sesetengah keadaan gak a memerhati perubahan musim akou fikir bulan pengejin lebih berkait ngan musim pekena jekan jin & jin aneak (keli & anak ikan air tawar yg lain) @ month of eel, bulan pegalan lebih berkait ngan musim geramah, pengiraan bulan sepatutnya nda kna bak susud gregorian calender sbb musim berubah susud perkiraan perubahan musim, eg. bulan musit, lengadeang, matai bulan, pangai biteang, biteang masuok, nyaem lawah, etc.

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