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).

Calendar Systems

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.

Notable Holidays

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.