Activities and Names for Feast Days:
- Thrive (early summer)
- "Bonfire night" - This is the only one that really makes sense to me so far, which is why it's quite well-defined already. On the one hand, this is the only of the six seasons in which it doesn't rain throughout the first half of the night. On the other hand, this is the season in which there'd be fresh vegetables for the first time, after subsisting on increasingly stale food stores during the winter. And it's the first season of the new year, so there should be some associations in the vein of "spring cleaning" and "rebirth" and such. So, everyone assembles around a bonfire, which literally and figuratively consumes the remnants of the old year to make way for the new, during the time after dusk which people usually spend indoors to avoid getting soaked, and eat lots of scrumptious greens.
- Yield (mid summer)
- "Midsummer day" - Have to have one of those, right? Some sort of harvest festival, presumably.
- Harrow (late summer)
- "Harrowe'en" - The season is called that because ploughing and planting is almost entirely done at the end of the growing season, so that things can sprout as soon as the ground thaws. The name is a word-play on "Hallowe'en".
- Hoar (early winter)
- "Hoarfrost night" - Named partly just to harmonize with "bonfire night", since the others form natural pairs as well. Celebrates (or in recognition of, anyway) the first frost of the year.
- Yule (mid winter)
- "Midwinter Day" - Again, no reason to pass that one up. Some sort of Christmas-equivalent, presumably.
- Thaw (late winter)
- "Thawe'en" - Wordplay on "Sauin". Celebrates the first thaw of the year.
edited 4th Oct '12 12:48:07 PM by m8e
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- Bonfire Night
- Timing: Evening following the day on which the olmond blossoms fall.
- Festival of fertility and birth: Marks the end of The Rut and children returning from an initiation trial in Years of the Myrrhatel, and marks the end of that brief period of the luster in which childbirths occur. In the other four years, something more symbolic takes the place of those.
- Associated element is fire: the perihelial suns, and of course the bonfire.
- Associated food is wine: from the previous season's ant harvest (this is a honey-like animal product now, so no aging is required).
- Midsummer Day
- Timing: Day after the evening on which the vigileaf bractlets ripen, that is to say, redden.
- High Holiday of Altar Allfather: In the morning, procession to the league capital, showing off the quality of the steading's output and symbolically supplying the town with food. In the nooning, all manner of outdoors contests and games once there. In the afternoon, recession (heh) to the steadings, symbolically supplied with things made only in town.
- Associated element is air: the seasonally ubiquitous butterflies and moths which feed on (and in process distribute the seeds of) most of the ferms around then.
- Associated food is vigileaf: from the previous evening's harvest of the last (and strongest) fresh leaflets of the year.
- Timing: Afternoon of the last day of the flourcane harvest.
- Festival of handfastings: Weddings happen then.
- Associated element is water: this is autumn, and autumn is wet - in this case, not because it rains more but because it is no longer warm enough for stuff to dry quickly.
- Associated food is bread: from the morning's harvest.
- Hoarfrost Night
- Timing: Evening of the last day of the olmond harvest.
- Festival of handpartings: Divorces happen then (this puts the longest possible amount of time between leaving an old and entering a new romantic commitment).
- Associated element is ice: the first frost.
- Associated food is olmonds: from the day's harvest.
- Midwinter Day
- Timing: 18 days after Midsummer Day.
- Wholesome Holiday of Eden Earthmistress: All manner of indoor contests and games. Particularly, all villagers collaborate in painting one of the six faces of the "lustral budgenought", a block of adobete weighing around two tons, in the annual colour and decorating it with items connected with and representations of events of the past year. At the end of the lustre, the budgenought is, despite its name, budged into its allocated place, namely as part of a new pyramine. When the old one begins to crumble after two millenia or so, the new one is ready just in time.
- Associated element is rock; the budgenought.
- Associated food is mead: from the summer's bindsweet harvest, which takes half a year to ferment.
- Timing: First afternoon on which the ground warms enough to exhume the bones, thus also day before the ant harvest.
- Festival of death: Remembering the dead as their remains are disposed of for the second and final time.
- Associated element is ash: the ashes of burnt corpses are scattered over the fields.
- Associated food is cheese: from the summer's milkwort harvest, which takes half a year to ripen.
edited 11th Oct '12 4:14:57 AM by kassyopeia
edited 1st Nov '12 8:38:42 AM by zoraxbrooks
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