Calendars and Holidays
Because of the nearly-insignificant axial tilt
of the planet, seasons are extremely mild. Thus, most calendar
systems do not acknowledge them at all. Rather, most are based
on the orbital periods of the most visible of Jovia's eleven moons
(Urbenthas and Hirsh being the brightest and having orbits of
30 and 7 days, respectively).
The dominant system in human-controlled lands is the Ixian calendar
in which each year is sixteen months long and each month is named
for a greater deity in the Lerrix pantheon. Each month is 30 days
long (the exact orbital period of Urbenthas, Jovia’s brightest
moon). Weeks are seven days long, each day named thusly: Nollday,
Erstday, Tuday, Thirday, Ferthday, Fittday, Sekday. Here's a full
Ixian sixteen-month calendar for the
year 4732. To convert 365-day years to the Ixian 480-day calendar,
multiply by 0.76.
The dwarven calendar is based on the number of
nine-day weeks since the beginning of the current Hronder king’s
rule (each rule lasting an average of 80 years). Dwarven dates
are typically written thusly: “3d191wFS309,” meaning the third
day of the 191st week of rule under King Fodkot of
the Shalefoot Clan, the 309th monarch of Hrond.
The fey calendar, employed by many elves, fauns,
and onocentaurs, is complex but generally consists of eight to
fourteen months per year, each between twenty-five and sixty days
each (except during “Years of Grace,” when there are fifteen months
of forty days each and “Years of Harmony,” when there are four
months of ninety to one-hundred and twenty days each). The fey
calendar is rarely used outside of Elendia.
Divulgence of Grudges
The "Divulgence of Grudges" is a dwarven
holiday which occurs once every fifty weeks (450 days) of each
Hrond monarch’s rule. It’s traditional for each clan’s eldest
judge to recount every un-resolved grudge lodged by a clansmen
in the previous fifty-week period. For the duration of the week,
any clansman is free to declare a grudge lodged by him or his
ancestors resolved and have it recorded in the official tome of
quarrels. Outside dwarven lands, the Divulgence of Grudges is
a day when people are supposed to practice forgiveness and mend
fences. Throughout western Kithcana, it’s customary for families
to eat a fancy dinner of garlic pork and boiled mushrooms.
Day of the Golden Horn
This holiday takes place on the sixth of Salamar
(Ixian calendar) each year unless it happens to be a Ferthday
(when devout worshippers of the Lerrix pantheon are not allowed
to work or indulge). In honor of a legendary act of kindness by
a king towards faun twins long ago, every faun is expected to
travel to the nearest human community and hand out sweets to the
children there. In reality, many villages hire a faun or two to
distribute candy to the children there while reminding them to
be obedient and kind to the less fortunate. In many areas, it
is a time-honored custom for restaurants and food vendors to feed
any faun who ventures into their shop for free.
A three day holiday observed by worshippers of
Dalphe, Tabor, and Wilfrest (brothers in the Kjeir pantheon).
Pengrotadé always falls on the 29th and 30th
of Garlam and the 1st of Fetterguard. The first day
is always spent fasting quietly. The second day is usually spent
repairing or cleaning the place where one lives with hour-long
prayers at midday and sunset. The third day is for feasting and
music. After the last meal of the day, followers tell or listen
to the story of Dalphe, Tabor, and Wilfrest’s ascension following
the Battle of Souls and the hardships they endured emerging into
the Kjeir pantheon.
A day spent in remembrance of the tragedy of
the Black Wastes. People tend to be especially wary of the undead
on this day, the 8th of Addernod. Many families purchase
clerical wards and hang holy symbols at their doors to fend off
evil, unnatural creatures.
A celebration of the uniting of the elven kingdoms by Queen Selviliniel
in 2715 (Ixian). In Elendia, this nationally observed day is a
solemn tribute to peace and the countless soldiers who gave their
lives during the four-hundred year period when the elven lands
were balkanized and constantly at war. Outside Elendia, the holiday
has been bastardized into a simple occasion where people wear
yellow and exchange gifts of bottled wine or fruit juices (a small
part of the elven ceremonies associated with the anniversary).
For many years, the holiday was celebrated by non-fey at the same
time as the actual Elendian anniversary. In the 3700s it was gradually
shifted to an annual date on the Ixian calendar (presumably due
to the difficulty of accurately keeping track of fey months and
years). Today it's celebrated on the second Sekday of Shadden
everywhere in Kithcana except Elendia.