The Garo Seasons Name
The Achik seasons name is with roughly approximate equivalents in English months. Bonepa Janepa also used the following names of the seasons of the year which also gained uniform recognition among the Achik forefathers:
Sinkari: Sinkari is the cold seaso or winter for the period as from the fourth week of November to the third week of January.
Balrorokari: Bandoni is the season of dry, dusty and violent gusts of wind for the period as from the fourth week of January to the third week of March.
Ritimkari: Ritimkari is the season of putting forth of fresh leaves of plants, herbs, creepers and trees lasting for the period as from the fourth week of March to the third week of May.
Dingkari: Dingkari is the warm season or the Summer, which is from the period of the fourth week of May to the third week of July.
Wachikari: The season of rains or the Rainy Season, which is from the period of the fourth week of July to the third week of September.
Arak or Arankari: Arankari is the dry season for the period as from the third week of September to the third week of November. Arak means “hardening of earth”A-ran means “drying up of the earth” and Kari means “season.”
The illiterate achik jhum cultivators in Garo Hills still use these months and seasons in their unwritten calendar. But under pressures of a british civilisation, most of the literate Garos of the present day have already been more accustomed to the use of English or Bengali calendars. Read More Garo (Achik) Month
-Told by Sonaram R. Sangma at Village Salpara, District Goalpara collected by Dewansing Rongmuthu.