Festivals and Holidays
Below is a rough listing of major holidays in Amanne and Moqol.
- Newyears: Jan 1 (time to honor family and royalty. taxes are collected on the 2nd) – Afternoon church service called newyears matins is held on the eve, where sweetened green beer is served. At sundown (or at midnight, in more recent fashion), the green beer is downed and hot porridge is eaten, in the savory fashion. Small family parties are common.
- Saltale – Mar 22 (day of honor for the sea, fish are caught and released) – this is the Marshlander fish festival, basically the same as the Mechera ‘Boolge’
- Hocktide – Apr 6 (labor holiday – men tie up women and demand a kiss in return for freedom, then women return the favor, demanding money that goes to the church). Celebrated primarily in northern and central Ammane.
- May Day (Festival of Luca) – May 1 (a sacred day of the fey, offerings are made for the next year). Celebrated everywhere, and is the largest festival of the year in Korhold.
- Diaspora – Jul 18 (when pilgrims set off every year to the northlands, and northlands bards travel south to spread their tales, and weld and blueweed seeds are tossed into the fields). Large private parties are common. Celebrated in Ammane only.
- Harvest Day: Sep 10 (spring crops harvested, large feasts. fairs and markets open). On this day cornflower seeds are sown. Goes by many other names.
- The Victory – Nov 11-15 (when nels the victor killed tralek. musicians from the northlands are needed, as the traditional songs are all in old amannean). Celebrated heavily in Ammane.
- Festival of Light (Raethar’s day) – Feb 9 (if it isn’t cloudy, a celebration is held, as the evil spirits are gone) – If it is cloudy, nothing happens. If not, in 7 days, candles are lit en masse before sundown and are kept alight through the night. This is typically accompanied by staying up through the night, usually drinking or fraternizing with neighboring towns. This is a mechera holiday, but is still observed in the marshlands.
- Boolge – Apr 22 (day of honor for the sea, fish are caught and released) – this is the Mechera fish festival.
- Chahetshan/Mzakht – May 23 – Qalav harvest festival. Means ‘invoking of fire’. Lotus flowers are harvested if possible.
- Midsummer (Duvalaq/Rtveli) – Jun 24 (massive fires are built to drive away wyverns, good spirits are worshiped). Celebrated in the entirety of Moqol, and Ovech in origin. One of the big party holidays, and the festivities are almost always fire-related and outdoors. To the svalek, midsummer is the start of a new year, and is associated with life, love and war.
- Moqolese Sun Festival (Saya Han Baïram) – Summer to Fall, depends on astronomy. Post-Summer, saying thanks to the Sun. The further away it is from the solstice, the more auspicious, and wars are usually not waged after it. National festival of the Anthorieli clans.
- Cherabovt – End of the Wine-Making season, depends on region. Wine festival, and start of the season of water, associated with Sah.
- Nareczla – Sep 23 (anniversary of both founding of Svalos, and Ovech victory over Utheli barbarian kings). Military festival, and time for sacrifices. The epic ‘Lament of the Black Wolf’ is read aloud over the course of the day.
- Blooded Gods’ Rest (Haq-Taza) – Oct 14 (day of memorial, pray to Hadur for the future). Dinner parties are common. Celebrated by Haddists. National day of Olvos.
- Festival of the Moon (Karabora day/Alaverdoba) – Dec 20 (a day said to be when evil spirits come to the land, along with ancestor spirits) – This is a 9 day event. The first 5 days are spent giving and producing artwork and music, as well as praying. The 6th day is a day of rest and fasting. The 7th is usually spend hunting or preparing food. The 8th and 9th days are feasting days. However during this whole time, torches are taboo unless pragmatic, and people try to get by with no candles or perhaps a single candle each day. Spiced wine is the traditional drink. The wine is poured over the meat if the moon can be seen. This is a Ovech and Mechera holiday.
Ovech-specific festivals are listed in Ovechzism (in the Calendar).