A Bit About Days
Some of the following are terms we have already met involving days and days of the week:
dedh (f) a day
hanter dedh midday (half day)
trei threveth en dedh three times in a day
pub dedh every day, daily
Dedh da dhe whei. Good day to you. (greeting)
Me eth dhe’n shoppys De Sadorn. I went to the shops on Saturday.
De Gwener an Grows Good Friday
Du Nadelik Christmas Day
What do we make of this? You can see that the ordinary word for day is dedh, sometimes mutated when incorporated in longer terms. The mutation is unusual:
an jedh the day
üdn jedh one day, a certain day
terry an jedh daybreak
e’n jedh hedhyw this (very) day
The version used for days of the week is De.
De Sül Sunday
De Lün Monday
De Meurth, De Meur’ Tuesday
De Merher Wednesday
De Yow Thursday
De Gwener Friday
De Sadorn Saturday
The word for special days of the year is Du.
Du Nadelik Christmas Day
Du Halan an Vledhan New Year’s Day
Du Pask Easter Day
Du Pencost Pentecost, Whitsunday
Du Halan Gwav All Saints’ Day
They say there are more saints in Cornwall than there are in Heaven! Not surprisingly, there have been plenty of saint’s feast days or holy days. We have extra words for feast days or festivals, e.g.:
gool feast, festival
golyow feasts, festivals
de’gol feast day, holy day, holiday
de’golyow feast days, holy days, holidays
de’gol hav summer holiday
De’gol Stefan the Feast of Stephen (Boxing Day)
De’gol Mihal Michaelmas
Golowan the Feast of St John the Baptist
Golandeys harvest festival, feast of the ricks
There are festival place names:
Golant (Golenance 1454) festival valley
Goldsithney (Golsythny 1410) St Sithni’s feast
Even the verb to celebrate seems to be related:
golyas to celebrate
Ma Golowan en mis Efen. Midsummer’s Day is in June.
Ma’n düs en Pensans o colyas Golowan.
The people in Penzance celebrate Midsummer.
Ma de’golyow dhe Stefan. Stephen is on holiday/ has holidays.
We have additional words for such things as the working day, e.g.:
jorna (pl. jorneow) day(s)
jorna whel (pl. jorneow whel) work day(s), week day(s)
neb jorna some day
keniver jorna everyday (alternative to pub dedh)
dhe’n jorna ma to this day
an jorna ma war seythen a week today
Here is a line, using two words for day, from the Lord’s Prayer:
Ro dhe nei an jorna ma ’gan bara pub dedh …
Give us this day our daily bread …
Here is a quotation from the Bible, also using two words for day:
Ha Düw a elwys an golow dedh ha’n tewlder ev a elwys nos, hag y veu gorthüher ha mettin an kensa jorna.
And God called the light day and the darkness he called night, and it was evening and morning of the first day.
 RMC dydh
 not an abbreviation so you don’t have to use an apostrophe
 Market Jew Street in Penzance is so called because there was a Thursday Market there, i.e. Marhas Yow..
 First day of the Celtic NewYear
 havyas can also be used for summer holiday
 Gendall spells this jurna or jyrna
 Jenesys 1,5
 past tense of the verb gelwel to call