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Bishnupriya Manipuri Weekdays

Bishnupriya Manipuri weekdays are vanishing from the consciousness of the community. But no more. Read
By Ranita Sinha, Kolkata

How many of us (the Bishnupriya Manipuri people) do really know Sunday as Lamboishing and Thursday as Shakolsher? Someone would say they have heard it once or twice uttered by their parents or grand parents; again some would wonder what it is all about. These are the Brishnupriya Manipuri terms used to address the seven days of the week.

I have heard it many years back when I used to visit my parental village from my grand parents and from the elderly people. Also my mother sometimes used to utter "Aji te Shakolsher, aji niramish radani".

But nowadays these terms are not heard at all. We are very much comfortable with either addressing the seven days of the week in English as Sunday, Monday or in Bengali as Ravibar, Sombar etc.

Many of us does not even know that there are Bishnupriya Manipuri terms to address the seven days of the week. Myself knew that there are fixed terms but didn't know exactly how to address them. So, during my recent visit to my in-laws village I collected the information which I would like to share with you all.

In Brishnupriya Manipuri, Sunday is known as Lamboishing, Monday is Ninthoapa, Tuesday is Leipakpa, Wednesday is Imsha Imsha, Thursday is Shakolsher, Friday is Erei and Saturday is Thanksha.

If the days are put in sequence it will be Lamboishing, Ninthoapa, Leipakpa, Imsha Imsha, Shakolsher, Erei and Thanksha.

Though we do not use these terms in our day to day conversation still I feel we should know at least that we also have our own terminology to address the seven days of the week.

Update: Rebati Mohan Sinha

I would just like to mention here that the pronunciation of these Bishnupriya Manipuri week days defer from place to place. Lamoiching (Lamboishing), Ningthoukapa (Ninkthoapa), Sakolsel (Shakalsher) and Thangcha (Thanksha).

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  1. That is excellent writting & a great piece of information.I do know 2-3 of the words but never heard of the others.

    Thanks a lot Ranita for sharing this info.

  2. Spot on! Your writeup really makes me nostalgic. I often heard the terms "Lamboishing" and "Shakolsher" being used by my parents. I had a vague perception of the term being related to some BPM rituals as it would often turn out to be a miramish day although I never really cared to know what was that or its relevance. Now being away from home for more than half a decade, my schema on BPM words had dropped down a bit and discovering it back again is giving me a sweet and jittery feeling just like discovering a long lost sweet-old flame.

    Excellent work. Keep the good work.


  3. a BM word ran thro my mind..." thanksa - thachi"... no moons day falls on saturday.... considered as an auspicious day...
    Madam is back with a bang....

  4. Quite interesting and informative .I would like to share with all of you the corresponding terms used by the meiteis

    Sagol Shel
    Thang ja

    Also as BN Sinha says , Thachi / Thashi is probably a shortened form of thabal( Tha ) + ashiba
    which literally means (Moon + dead)


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