Tongan Language - Calendar


The Tongan calendar was based on the phases of the moon and had 13 months. The main purpose of the calendar to Tongans was to determine the time for the planting and cultivation of yams which was Tonga's most important staple food.

Name Compared to Modern Calendar
Lihamu'a mid-November to early December
Lihamui mid-December to early January
Vaimu'a mid-January to early February
Vaimui mid-February to early March
Fakaafu Mo'ui mid-March to early April
Fakaaafu Mate mid-April to early May
Hilingakelekele mid-May to early June
Hilingamea'a mid-June to early July
'Ao'aokimasisiva mid-July to early August
Fu'ufu'unekinanga mid-August to early September
'Uluenga mid-September to early October
Tanumanga early October to late October
'O'oamofanongo late October to early November.

Day Tongan Term
Monday Mōnite
Tuesday Tūsite
Wednesday Pulelulu
Thursday Tu'apulelulu
Friday Falaite
Saturday Tokonaki
Sunday Sāpate
Month Transliteration
January Sanuali
February Fepueli
March Ma'asi
April 'Epeleli
June Siune
July Siulai
August 'Aokosi
September Sepitema
October 'Okatopa
November Nōvema
December Tīsema

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