Native nameࡔࡅࡌࡁࡅࡋࡕࡀ (Classical Mandaic)
CalendarMandaean calendar
Month number8
Number of days30
Seasongiṭa (summer)
Gregorian equivalentFebruary / March
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Shumbulta or Šumbulta (Classical Mandaic: ࡔࡅࡌࡁࡅࡋࡕࡀ) is the eighth month of the Mandaean calendar.[1] Light fasting is practiced by Mandaeans from the 26th to 30th days of Shumbulta. The Parwanaya, or five intercalary days, take place immediately after Shumbulta.[2]

Šumbulta, which literally means 'grain-ear',[3]: 210  is the Mandaic name for the constellation Virgo.[1] It currently corresponds to Feb / Mar in the Gregorian calendar due to a lack of a leap year in the Mandaean calendar.


  1. ^ a b Bhayro, Siam (2020-02-10). "Cosmology in Mandaean Texts". Hellenistic Astronomy. Brill. pp. 572–579. doi:10.1163/9789004400566_046. ISBN 9789004243361. S2CID 213438712. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  2. ^ Gelbert, Carlos (2005). The Mandaeans and the Jews. Edensor Park, NSW: Living Water Books. ISBN 0-9580346-2-1. OCLC 68208613.
  3. ^ Gelbert, Carlos (2011). Ginza Rba. Sydney: Living Water Books. ISBN 9780958034630.