➡ In today's lesson you will learn some useful words related to "the Months of the Year" in the Croatian language.
Croatian months[edit | edit source]
The Croatian months used with the Gregorian calendar by Croats differ from the original Latin month names.
They originate from archaic Slavic words and phrases which poetically depict the changing of the seasons and the different tasks related to those seasons.
|English||Croatian (siječanj)||Croatian meaning|
|January||siječanj||from cutting or hewing wood|
|February||veljača||month in which days become longer|
|April||travanj||from growing grass|
|May||svibanj||from budding Cornel tree|
|June||lipanj||from linden tree|
|July||srpanj||from reaping with a sickle|
|August||kolovoz||from driving a wagon (for harvest)|
|September||rujan||from an archaic verb for deer roaring|
|October||listopad||from falling leaves|
|December||prosinac||the beginning of the Sun's shining|
- Note: Croatians often refer to months informally by number, e.g. "prvi" (short version of prvi mjesec - first month, i.e. January), "drugi" (second month, February) , "treći" (third month, March).