Month of Tobi
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Tobi (Coptic: Ⲧⲱⲃⲓ[pronunciation?]), also known as Touba, is the fifth month of the Coptic calendar. It lies between January 9 and February 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The month of Tobi is also the first month of the Season of 'Proyet' (Growth and Emergence) in Ancient Egypt, where the Nile floods recede and the crops start to grow throughout the land of Egypt.
days: 30 days
Toubeh, (the ancient Tobi) : the 5th Koptic month. Corn and flax should be cleared from weeds, and land that is to be devoted to cotton, sesame, and summer cucurbita, is prepared until the 1st of Amshir. Land destined for the growth of culcas (colocasia), and sugar, should be inundated. Lands found to be uncultivable should be marked out and declared unproductive, in order that they may be exempt from taxation. The first cutting of sugar cane takes place (hasab er-rcis) -. sufficient being left for seed, viz : — one kirat in every feddan. At the end of the month work in canals and dykes should be taken in hand : and much care should be bestowed upon the repairing of sakhiehs ( water wheels), wells, &c. The Nile water is in its clearest and best state in Toubeh, and cisterns should be now filled in Cairo and all large towns. The flesh of sheep is better now than at any other season. Vegetables, especially carrots, are at their best. Horses and mules should be tethered in bersim, and it is now time for the sale of cattle. S. winds (Siba) are more prevalent than N. (Dabour). Taxes are now collected. There are various popular sayings respecting Toubeh, — e. g. that if rain falls on any of the first eleven days, but especially on the Festival of the Epiphany, it is a certain sign of good crops. The fellah says " Yfra en Nusrani" (the Christian is happy ) and asserts that God is contented with his people, and will reward them with a bounteous harvest. ( El-Makrizi )
- Toubeh 6th : our Lord went in to the place of Circumcision, and fulfilled the law.
- 21st, Rest in the Lord of the Virgin Mother of God, the pure Lady Mary .
- 22nd, Rest in the Lord of the holy Great Anthony, the father of monks. ( Church Calendar ).
[Egyptian Calendar for the Year 1295 A.H. (1878 A.D.) Corresponding with the Years 1594-1595 of the Coptic Era (e-book) ]
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