BTW, how did you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year?
For Hapolians, 31st December being marked as an ‘Indigenous Faiths Day’ all over Arunachal and the day being declared a state holiday this year, the follower of 'Donyi-Poloism’ flocked to ‘Abotani Hall’ where this day was being observed at Hapoli and for the rest of Hapolians, it was party time-time for picnic, time for late night parties and time to get glued to the TV sets surfing between various channels for New Year eve programmes. For the vegetable vendors, the butchers, the poultry farmers, the grocers, the confectioners and the wine shops, it was a field day- doing roaring businesses that they would normally do in a month or two in a single day.
Also, this New Year eve gave Hapolians a place to hang out till the wee hours, in the form of Voice of Apatani finals at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli, which began around 6.00 pm and continued till the wee hours. Contestant no. 11,
Having heard the contestant during elimination round and having heard of rigging of voting (apparently, the contestants himself would buy a huge quantity of voting coupons and vote for themselves to stay in the race), I couldn’t braved myself to stand all night in the chilly outdoor to hear them sing again; instead I decided to stay indoors and invited friends over dinner at my place. And what a decision I made, for I could, in the course of discussion during the get-together, learnt a bit about how the months are counted in Apatani.
And here is how:
Murung Pullo -corresponds to the month of January
Pagar Pullo - February
Myoko Pullo - March
Halying Pullo - April
Enda Pullo - May
Piimii Pullo - June
Piije Pullo - July
Millo (Mipya) Pullo - August
Pyapin Sobo Pullo - September
Entii (Bunchi Buntii) Pullo - October
Emo Pullo - November and
Nenke Pullo -December
During the course of discussion one question cropped up.
What calendar system do Apatani follows?
Is it a lunar calendar? Going by the way the Apatani's use moon phases to determine the month and the term used to describe the month i.e., Pullo or Piillo which literally means 'moon' in Apatani, it seems quite plausible that Apatani do follow the Lunar Calendar. But then, Apatani's do also follow the plant life cycle to determine the beginning and end of the month. For instance, the flowering of sembo (wild cherry) and takung (Peach or Apricot) indicates onset of Murung Pullo. Like wise, ginger plant starts dying after Emo Pullo and pine tree starts shedding it's leaves after Nenke Pullo and so on. Thus, it is also quite possible that Apatani's do follow other calendaring system in conjunction with Lunar Calendar.
Now coming back to the title "It's Murung Pullo"- well, I just meant to say Happy New Year!! as January month being the first month of the year and Murung Pullo indicating that we've entered into yet another year:)
Happy New Year to all. And don't forget to write in how you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year.:)