Calendars of the Past: Araḫ Ṭebētu

The tumultuous year of 2021 has ended and we’re back with more content from guest contributor, Seph Gonzalez, who has written another painstakingly researched article for our series the “Calendars of the Past”.

The month of Ṭebētu lasts for thirty days this year, beginning on 03 January 2022 with the first visibility of a waxing lunar crescent at 7:50 a.m. (as visible from Baghdad, Iraq). An eššeššu festival—during which devotees are encouraged to prepare a cultic meal for their Gods—occurs on 17 January, marking both the the midpoint of the month and the appearance of the Full Moon, visible from 5:40 p.m. until 8:15 a.m. the following morning. The month concludes on the first day of February, accompanied by the New Moon, which goes dark at 8:46 a.m., signaling the advent of the kispū ceremony, during which devotees are encouraged to provide libations for their deceased loved ones.

Votive worshippers from the Tell Asmar hoard, now in various museums.

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