Holidays

From Himitsu

Like our own world, Eire has its own celebrations and holy days; some global, while others cultural. In a world with limited technology and a reliance on the natural world, most of these are nature-based, dealing with the seasons and such.

Eire

Rose Day

When: 14th of February.
What: Boys give girls they like roses, girls make boys they like dinner. Romantic. Those without romantic interests give meals or flowers (non roses) to friends or family. Giving to multiple people is highly deviant and rude, as is not giving anything at all.

Festival of Flowers

When: 20th of March.
What: Celebration of spring. go outside. Cities, towns and villages hold fairs, fetes, any kind of oragnized fun with lots of flowers. A huge variety of dishes, mostly sweet things, are made and eaten. Flowers are picked and given to friends and family.

Moon Festival

When: Sometime in March/April.
What: Celebrates the aligning of the moons, Eban and Rhaieen, during the night, with a retelling of the myth behind the moons' creation, the lighting of paper lanterns and eating white cakes, pastries and dumplings. A day much loved by children.

Festival of Leaves

When: 22nd of September.
What: Possibly the most anticipated date on the Eire calendar. Gifts are given to loved ones, everyone is given the day off to spend with their sweetheart and/or family.

Religious Holidays

Religious holidays are celebrated in countries that worship the Dragons. Some holidays may be celebrated in countries that do not follow the religion, but without the worship of the Dragons.

New Year's Day

When: 1st January.
What: This is a day representing the death of old life and the birth of new life. It is celebrated by fasting the day before and then having a morning feast, after which hand-raised birds are released into the wild, carrying the hopes of the people up towards the realm of the Dragons. Where: Megam, Dentoria, Hanalan, Kilia, West Korin (religious), Atsiria, Kanemoria, East Korin (non religious)

Days of Radiance

When: The week of the 13th of March.
What: 7-day celebration where the relationship between humanity and the Dragons is celebrated. Six days are devoted to the Dragons of Light, while the day of the 13th itself is devoted to the Dragons of Darkness. Where: Megam, Dentoria

Day of Everlasting Light

When: 22nd June.
What: This is a day of fasting and ritual cleaning, and complicated ceremonies held at noon in the temples of the Dragons of Light. This is the most important day on the religious calendar for those who follow the Dragons of Light. Where: By the faithful in every country, most mentionably, Megam, Dentoria, Kilia, and West Korin.

Night of the Dead

When: 31st October.
What: Worship of the Dragons of Darkness, involving the wearing of masks. Other celebrations differ according to country. Where: Megam, Dentoria, Kilia (religious), Korin, Kanemoria, Atsiria, Hanalan (non religious)

Autumn Pilgramage

When: All of September.
What: All those who are able are expected to travel to the one of the major temples in southern Megam, to pay homage to the Dragons. Where: By the faithful in every country, most mentionably, Megam, Dentoria, Kanemoria, and West Korin. Few Kilians go.

Day of Everlasting Dark

When: 22nd December.
What: A day of acknowledgement of the power of the Dragons of Darkness and sacrifices are made to please them. Complicated ceremonies are held at midnight. This is the most important day on the religious calendar for those who follow the Dragons of Darkness. Where: By the faithful in every country, most mentionably, Megam, Dentoria, Kilia, and West Korin.

Atsiria

Day of Summer Rain

When: 23rd September.
What: A national holiday.

Night of Floating Fire

When: On the day in which Rhaieen is full in November.
What: Festival is in thanks of water. If you live near the sea or an oasis, you float lanterns in there. If you're not near either, you make another that floats in the sky. Or you make none if you choose not to participate, but most do. It's basically a very family/romantic holiday, with families or couples going together. Priority is latter to former, in case you're unmarried.

Dentoria

Unification Day

When: April 21st
Why: Marks the day Dentoria and what is now Kanemoria was unified.
What: A huge all-round tournement and parade in Eblar, fireworks, lots of food and sweets and drinks sold on the streets for practically nothing, anything that gets the patriotic juices pumping.

Spring Fair

When: May 1st
Why: Celebration of spring and the return of warm weather and more sunlight.
What: Fetes and fairs, small fencing and archery tournements, flower viewing and giving, dancing, horse races in some parts of Dentoria, boat races in river and coastal areas. Any goods sold on the day are discounted.

King's Birthday

When: June 10th
Why: Because he's the King of Dentoria.
What: Yet another huge all-round tournement in Eblar, messages to the King wishing him a happy birthday, Royal Guard squires knighted, huge parade.

Day of the Fallen

When: November 11th
Why: Commemorate the deaths of fallen knights and soldiers
What: Visits to chapels and graves, flowers left on graves and monuments, small parade.

Lord's Birthday

When: See list below
Why: To celebrate the ruling lord's birthday.
What: Celebrated within the lord's lands only. Messages from mayors of villages wishing the lord a happy birthday, small gifts to the lord from the villagers, and a tournement with a format of the lord's choosing. Similar to King's Birthday, but on a smaller scale. When the lord's birthday falls during winter/time of heavy snow, the holiday is usually celebrated on a chosen date during spring/summer.

List of known Lord's birthdays

Peter of Bresa: January 12th [?]
Rylan of Allba: February 2nd [fencing]
Felicia of Mansoure: February 15th [magic]
Craig of Rhia: April 18th [jousting]
Roivas of Franel: April 29th [fencing]
Anthony of Aeda: May 17th [melee]
Franz of Diarnay: July 2nd [archery]
Mariana of Tersel: July 24th [?]
Nicolas of Conare: July 31st [fencing]
Eliza of Temair: August 27th [fencing]
Morgan of Rowan: September 13th [jousting]
Hasten of Lireth: October 24th [jousting]
Horace of Nallen: December 17th [fencing]
Keirnan has not had a tourney since Brendan became its lord.

Hanalan

Day of Good Harvest

When: 14th July.
What: A national holiday where people take a day off work to spend time with family.

Autumn's End

When: 1st December.
What: Final harvest festival. Country people light bonfires and dance around them, while leaving all doors and windows open to let old time flow out and new time to come in. Those who do not do this are believed to be trapped in old sorrows. Nobility prays. Hearthfire is extinguished and relit from pyres in city/town commons.

Kanemoria

Independence Day

When: 4th July
What: A very large, exhuberant nation-wide party. Colloquially known as "Fuck You Dentoria" Day.

Kilia

Day of Mists

When: 17th March
What: A national holiday.

Clerics' Birthdays

The birthdays of the Seven Clerics are holidays in Kilia. However, Kilians are not permitted to celebrate them while outside the country. Celebrations basically consist of a day off work, a feast at dinner, and a verse spoken over dinner about the Clerics over every meal. In the larger cities, the town is decorated, and in Taln, the Cleric themself makes public appearances with their Signature Weapon in hand. The Signature Weapons are said to have names, but aren't allowed to be spoken.

Outsiders are not permitted to any of the celebrations, and generally must remain inside if they are in Kilia on the holidays. While there are no rules against Kilians speaking of the holidays to outsiders when/if they're outside the country, it's considered something of a social faux pas.

Fionn - March 31st [his signature weapon is a fire tome]
Danu - December 31st [her signature weapon is a wind tome]
Ness - July 31st [her signature weapon is a light tome]
Athairne - September 30th [his signature weapon is a lightning tome]
Dian - November 31st [his signature weapon is a sword]
Ethniu - February 29th [her signature weapon is a staff]
Ferdiad - August 31st [his signature weapon is a dark tome]

Korin

Day of Long Summer

When: 1st July.
What: A national holiday. People take the day off, and get incredibly drunk while celebrating.

Megam

The Great Feast

When: First Monday of May
What: A day of feasting and giving thanks for the creation of the world by the Dragons, both Light and Dark.

Day of Epiphany

When: 2nd June.
What: A national holiday.

Flametongue

When: August 17th
What: A day of fasting and participation in sweat lodges, as a reverence of the Dragon’s greatest gift of fire.