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.
- 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 moqolese holiday, but is still observed in the north.
- saltale (boolge in moqolese) – mar 12 (day of honor for the sea, fish are caught and released) – this is the moqolese fish festival, and is celebrated in Zeroll and Korhold. It is at least respected in the north though.
- 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 western Ammane.
- may day (festival of luca) – may 1 (a sacred day of the fey, offerings are made for the next year). Celebrated everywhere, with varying customs.
- midsummer – jun 24 (massive fires are built to drive away wyverns, good spirits are worshiped). Celebrated almost everywhere save northwest ammane. Heathen in origin. One of the big party holidays, and the festivities are almost always fire-related and outdoors.
dead gods’ rest – jul 4 (day of memorial, pray to Kalfes for the future). Dinner parties are common. Celebrated everywhere.
- 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.
Marshlander Fish festival – Aug 29-Sep 15 (End of fish season (which begins in may) and part of the harvest festival as a whole) – celebrated on the coastal marshlander cities
- harvest day: sep 10 (spring crops harvested, large feasts. fairs and markets open). On this day cornflower seeds are sown.
- festival of the moon (karabora day) – dec 20 (a day said to be when evil spirits come to the land) – 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 moqolese holiday.
- 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.