Festivals and Celebrations
Common festivals and celebrations of the Northern Continent tend to be closely related to either the lunar or solar cycle (see Calendar Keeping for more information)
Dawn’s Grace (Brightbloom 6th) – Sacred to Themes and Peoni. It is a time of new beginnings, old broken items being repaired, cleaning house, and the planting of new crops.
Mithran (Spring Equinox) – A time of seed sowing and rebirth, the return of the green and a triumph over winter’s death.
Zim Dien (Dwarven, translates roughly into One Hundred Days) is a five day celebration noted for offerings to the Maker, Paragons, honoring the ancestors, and drinking. Not just any drinking but brew that has been crafted for specifically for this day, usually an ancient family recipe dating back to the days of Karrok Dhul (at least that’s what everyone seems to claim). Clans gather to hear the litany of the ancestors, toasting each one in turn. There is a reason this takes five days. Celebrated near the 16th of Bluesky (as determined by the Kraags, keepers of Tradition)
Cult of the Seven (Septarians) celebrate the 20th of Bluesky as High Sun, a day of particular significance to Kalael as the solar diety. Some criticise the commercialism that has started to take over the celebration (cart vendors with shield of Kalael, High Sun buffet specials, Commerative Triumph of the Seven over the Primal Ones plates, etc.) and call for a return to the simple Feast of High Sun and a retelling of the Triumph.
Old Faith Mid Solstice (near 20th Bluesky) – Pretty much what you would expect of a pagan solstice. gather in a place of Nature, share food and stories. Dancing in goat skin pants optional.
Forgefire (Dwarf, starts near the 9th of Hard Rime and lasts for five days) (Also called Divi Dien) – The feasts tend to be simple and heavy, consisting of dark bread, mutton, mushrooms, and thick ales. Smiths and other crafters labour hard to create something special for Forgefire in celebration of the dwarf god Moradin the Maker. The creations are displayed in the Commons over the five days of Forgefire
All Souls (Longshadows 14th) – Nox the Eternal Watchman is patron of All Souls, standing guard against the beings from across the Bleed. Candles are lit in windows to ward away spirits. Some will even use lanterns or hollowed out gourds with image of Nox’s upturned blade. Inside homes families will gather and search the house while clattering pots and pans to drive out the unwelcome spirits. Priests of Nox patrol the night while other priests of the Seven pray and guard against the Bleed on this night when the walls between worlds are at their weakest. It is not uncommon for a morning celebration on the dawn of the 15th.
Mabon (Old Faith, Fall Solstice, near Longshadows 14th) – On this night betwixt light and shadow, those who follow the Old Faith gather much as they do in the spring. Instead of a celebration of rebirth, it is a time to give thanks for the light and offer respect to the growing dark. It is a favourable time for visions and dreams but it is difficult to tell which come through the true gate of horn or the false gate of ivory. For a drink of wine or blood, the dead are said to trade truth, but it is also said to never trust the hungry dead.
Yule (Middle March Year End, between five to ten days depending on the Lunar calendar) – A period of feasting, bonfires, and sacrifices.
Septanalia (Arkean, one to two weeks depending upon the decree of the Emperor and the Oracles) – A period of wild partying and gift giving. Even slaves are allowed to participate in the festivities.
Langbaren (Originally Dwarf but has been spreading through the Middle, lasts for ten days near Year End) – A festival of gift giving and feasting. By tradition the King will give out bread to the poor on at least the first day of Langbaren. Stories abound of the Maker sending red cloaked Jolnir of the Longbeard to deliver toys and meat to the good little dwarfs and only a bag of bones to the bad. So the do the children rush to the family hearth to unwrap the sacks left by Jolnir on the final day of Langbaren.
Founders Day (Dwarf New Year, near the end of Bitterwind) – According ancient lore, Karrok Dhul was founded on this day long ago. It is a day of renewing oaths, undertaking new projects, and cleaning house.