Calendar: Peret


Peret (proyet – emergence or growth) was the second season in the ancient Egyptian calendar. The soil on the banks of the Nile was still very damp from the inundation and the fields were in the perfect condition for planting crops. Although the growing season was actually five months long, Peret (like Akhet and Shemu) was four months long, covering the planting season and early growth of the crops. Peret began early in January and ran until early May (although dates varied due to the movements of the civil calendar).


Month 5; Sf-bdt (Ta-aabet, Tybi)

1st or 12th festival of Nehebkau ( a.k.a Beginning of Eternity)

13th fAt aHt – “raising the field”

20th sailing of Wadjet

29th sailing of Bast

29th festival of Raising the Willow

30 sailing of Sekhmet / Mut


Month 6; rh-wr (Mekhir)

1st sailing of Anubis

10th Going Forth of Wadjet singing in Heliopolis

14th Hb skr sTA skr – two day festival known as “dragging Sokar

15th festival of Abd (month)

16th festival of mddnt (half-month)

30th festival over several days known as “Amun in the festival of raising heaven”


Month 7; rh– nds (Paremhat, Phamenoth)

1st festival of Ptah

17th hnt nt tA “sailing of the land”

21nd festival of Amenhotep I

29 four day festival of Amenhotep I in Deir el-Medina


Month 8; rnwt (Pharmuthi, Barmouda)

4th festival of Bast (known as the day of chewing onions for Bast)

5th sailing of Bast

25th harvest festival to Renenutet

27th granary offering to Renenutet


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