But to the Maldivian people, each monsoon means a series of nakaiy which determine lifestyles for the next six months. This calendar is still used today to determine the best times to fish, travel or cultivate crops. Some people even use it before planning a marriage or building a house. It is said, for example, that children born in Maa amkaiy will attain high stations in life and that those born in Uthura nakaiy will be deeply religious.
The nakaiy calendar goes something like this:
Annual rainfall is approximately 1750mm with monthly figures as shown in the graph below