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January: Taqqiinarjuaq (Great Plain Moon…)
Inuit paid special attention to this month, at a time when they were still practicing aglirniq, meaning to refrain from doing certain things. Aglirniq lasted for a month, particularly for women who, for example, refrained from cracking caribou bone marrow to protect from falling into misfortune.
February: Avunnivik (Miscarriage Moon)
At a time when Inuit men spent most of their time outdoors hunting, they observed caribou having miscarriages due to severe, cold weather. The embryo would start to develop naturally, but then the growth aborted until there was nothing left. Avuniq means an embryo has stopped growing and miscarriage is taking place.
March: Natsiat (Seal Pups Moon)
Coinciding with the lengthening of days, some sea animals start bearing their young. This includes ringed seals whose pups are called natsiat in Inuktitut, giving this moon the name Seal Pups Moon.
April: Tirigluit (Bearded Seal Pups Moon)
Bearded seal pups are born immediately after other seals have given birth to their young. This is the moon in which bearded seal pups, called tirigluit, are born.
May: Iblauliit/Ivlauliit (Pregnant Caribou Moon)
Springtime is the season in which caribou give birth to their fawns. This is the reason for the name of this moon, Iblauliit or Ivlauliit, meaning bearing fawns.
June: Manniit (Eggs Moon)
Around the time of this moon, birds begin laying their manniit, meaning eggs.
July: Saggirivvik/Saggaruut (Thin Hair Moon)
During this moon, caribou have shed their winter fur and have grown new, thin hair. Saggirivvik means a time to harvest thin-haired caribou.
August: Akullirurvik (Mid-Season Moon)
This moon is when the season begins to cool, with caribou hair prime for winter clothing. At this cooler time of year, it is also ideal for caribou meat because the threat of its damage by warbles is gone.
September: Amiraijarvik/Amiraijaut (Peeling Moon)
The red-tinted antlers of caribou are quite visible and the peeled velvet hangs loose. The velvet of caribou antlers has started to peel off, giving this moon the name Amiraijarvik, meaning a time to peel off.
October: Sikuvvik (Freeze-Up Moon)
With the ground and bodies of water beginning to freeze, this moon is called Sikuvvik, meaning a time to freeze.
November: Katagaarivvik (Falling-Off Moon)
The antlers of bull caribou begin to fall off during this moon, hence its name Katagaarivvik, meaning a time to drop things.
December: Aagjulirvik (Appearing Moon)
This moon is named after two stars, called Aagjuuk, that appear at dawn. It’s also a sign of the beginning of the lengthening of daylight.