September 28, 2020
Chamorro Months of the Year
When we want to talk about important events like birthdays and holidays we have to learn some very important words in CHamoru: the names of the months of the year. What’s great is that you have 12 opportunities out of the year to practice your Chamorro! So nihi! Let’s go and do this.
Here are the names of i mes siha gi sakkan (the months in the year).
Talking About Dates in Chamorro
Saying i fecha, or “the date”, in Chamorro is almost the same as in English except for a few details. Chamorro days are often preceded by the word dia (or diha), meaning “day”. Traditionally, the day came before the month, but now it is common to say it the English way as well. In both languages, the year always comes after the month and day, regardless of the order.
You can use the following patterns to help you write the date:
dia + number + gi + month + year
month + dia + number + year
Here are some examples:
|Dia 3 gi Oktubre||October 3|
|Oktubre dia 3||October 3|
|Dia 3 gi Oktubre 2014||October 3, 2014|
How To Say Your Birthday
When you want to tell someone when your kumpleaños or ha’ånen mafañagu-mu (both mean birthday) is, you can say it in a few ways:
|Mafañågu yu’ gi Hulio dia 14.||I was born on July 14.|
|I kumpleaños-hu i dia 14 gi Hulio.||My birthday is July 14.|
|I ha’ånen mafañagu-hu i dia 14 gi Hulio.||My birthday is July 14.|
Ancient CHamoru Calendar
Before the Spanish arrived, the ancient Chamorros used a 13-month calendar based on the lunar cycle.