Akan (Asante, Twi, Ashanti) Calendar

Akan Calendar comprise of a 42 day month, 4 seasons,  and 12 months. Each town had its prohibition days. Thursday was prohibition day and day of rest, no farming was to be done.

Month

Akan
English
ɔpepɔn
January
ɔgyefuiɛ
February
ɔbɛnem
March
Oforisuo Agyenkɔ
April
Ohawam Kotonimaa
May
Ayɛwohomumu
June
Kutawonsa
July
Sanaa
August
ɛ
September
Ahinime
October
Obubuo
November
ɔpɛnimma
December
Seasons

Akan Name
Duration (Akan)
Duration (English)
ɔpɛ Bere
Ɔpɛnimma – ɔbɛnem
December – March (4 months)
Asusue Bere
Oforisuo Agyenkɔ – Ayɛwohomumu
April – June (3 months)
Ofupɛ Bere
Kutawonsa – Sanaa
July – August (2 months)
Bamporɔ Bere
Ɛbɔ – Obubuo
September – November ( 3 months)
Akan Traditional Days

1. Akwasidɛɛ
8. Kwakwasie
15. Monokwasie
22. Fɔkwasie
29. Nwonakwasie
36. Nkyikwasie
2. Kwadwoɔ
9. Monodwoɔ
16. Fɔdwoɔ
23. Nwonadwoɔ
30. Nkyidwoɔ
37. Kurudwoɔ
3. Monobena
10. Fɔbena
17. Nwonabena
24. Nkyibena
31. Kurubena
38. Kwabena
4. Fookuo
11. Nwonawukuo
18. Nkyiwukuo
25. Kwawukuo
32. Kwawukuo
39. Monowukuo
5. Nwonayawoɔ
12. Nkyiyawoɔ
19. Kuruyawoɔ
26. Kwayawoɔ
33. Monoyawoɔ
40.Fɔyawoɔ
6. Nkyifie
13. Kurofie
20. Kwafie
27. Monofie
34. Fɔfie
41. Nwonafie
7. Kurumemene
14. Kwamemene
21. Monomemene
28. Fɔmemene
35. Nwɔnamemene
42. Nkyimemene
Days

Akan
English
Kwasiada
Sunday
Dwowda
Monday
Benada
Tuesday
Wukuda
Wednesday
Yawoada
Thursday
Fida
Friday
Memenda
Saturday

Works Cited

Bartle, Philippe. Forty Days:the Akan Calendar. Edinburgh University Press. Africa:Journal of International African Institute.Volume 48,  Number 1  January 1978,  pp 80-4.

Mensah, J. E(1966). Asantesɛm ne Mmɛbusɛm. Kumasi Cultural Centre.