SEASONS, CALENDAR, & HOLIDAYS

The default campaign year is 1313 V.Y., or Voltern Years, dating from the fall of the Odium Empire in Vlodasai. It is now the height of the Classic Age, the reign of Good Queen Farin.

Vlodasai has mild winters and summers. It rarely gets cold enough to freeze completely, except at high altitudes, and summers are rarely oppressive, although they can be dry. Oddly, fall is the longest season, and produces violent extremes in coloration of flora; while Spring is sudden and short, with rapid plant growth one can almost watch (almost).

It does not often rain in Vlodasai; when it does, it tends to be torrential and last for days.

Gonen’s World goes around the sun once every 288 days. Each season lasts about 72 days, give or take (the entire calendar is, in fact, reworked every few years, so that no one really knows exactly when it is).

The seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter are more formally known as Rebirth, Fruition, Preparation and Rest.

Each season has six “fortnights” of 12 days, although seasons tend to bleed into one another without much regard for the Voltern calendar.

Those days are known by various names throughout Gonen’s World, but in Vlodasai, they are called:
Wonday, Tooday, Freeday, Forday, Fiday, Sixday, Senday, Ateday, Nineday, Tenday, Lenday, Twelvday.
In slang derived from the Cartago dialect, Sixday is sometimes referred to as Buyday, and Twelvday as Taxday. Neither name has any modern significance.

People generally work for three days, rest for a day, and repeat the process, although not everyone is on the same schedule – so someone’s working somewhere every day. It is traditional to begin work at sunup, break for a nap in the afternoon, and continue to work until sundown. However, this custom is no longer widely practiced in the cities.

There are four great holidays celebrated across Vlodasai by all cultures. They are:

Resurrection Day (1 Rebirth, with celebrations beginning during the last fortnight of Rest) – This holiday celebrates the cycles of the heavens and the change of the year. It also represents an acknowledgement of the circle of life, and honors the idea of spiritual rebirth. Most major faiths celebrate this day, albeit in their own particular ways, but almost all involve the giving of gifts.

Natalis (36 Rebirth) – The day has origins in both Voltern and Cartago cultures as a planting holiday. Various outdoor festivals are held across Vlodasai, with fairs, rides, livestock shows and games of hide-and-seek. It is also a lover’s holiday, and many babies are conceived during this season.

Midsummer’s Day (44 Fruition) – On this day, Gonen’s Star passes most closely above the world, and shines with a blinking blue light. Great feasts and all-night festivals mark this affair, usually for a few days before and after the actual event. Marriages are often celebrated in this season, many of them quite sudden (see Natalis).

Hexing Night / Mortalis (36 Preparation) – Mortalis is a dark celebration of the end of harvest, the onset of winter, and a time to remember and honor the dead. Flowers and other offerings are traditionally placed on graves prior to Hexing Night, or Mortalis Eve. On that night, it is said, the dead stalk the land of the living. Nevertheless, celebrations are held, with great processions in costume to scare the dead back into their graves.

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