Turkana calender: Name of Months


1. Lomaruk – January (derived from the Verb Akimaruk meaning formation of clouds, which is an early warning sign of an impending rainfall.
2. Lochoto – February after Akimaruk, then comes rain. This is the month of rain. All the places become muddy.
3. Titima – March Derived from the verb Akititimare meaning (the process of pasture germination), during this month there’s plenty of grass for livestock
4. El-el – April Derived from the verb Akielarr which literally means to scatter spread, botanically it means to blossom
5. Losuban – May Derived from the verb Akisub which means to make. This is the month of ritual-festivities, i. e Akidodore Akisichumanakin, Aki•uta/Akuuta etc. Farmers on their part conduct ‘Harvest festivals’ around the same month.
6. Lotiak – June Derived from the verb Akitiak which means to divide or separate. This is the month that divides the wet season and the dry season
7. Lolong’u – July Derived from the word Along’u meaning arid, dry land, desert (Adesate). This is the month of livestock movement in search for pasture and water. People and livestock experience too much heat.
8. Lopo – August Derived from the verb Akipore meaning to cook. This is the month of hardship. People resort to gathering of wild fruits and cooking wild berries, edung, edapal, drawing blood from animals for survival etc.
9. Lorara – September Derived from the word Araraun. This is the he month when the trees shed their leaves. It is the month of extreme hardship where people use hooked sticks (Eseger to shake acacia trees to get dry leaves (ng’atur) and dry seeds (ng’itit) for both people and their animals.
10. Lomuk – October Derived from the verb Akimuk. During this month, the sky is covered by scattered clouds. Short rains begin to fall.
11. Lokwang – November Derived from the word Ekwang, meaning bright, the month of sun and wind.
12. Lodunge – December Derived from the verb Adudung’iar meaning to fall, the month marks the fall of dry season and rise of wet season.


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