Life in Ferath

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Dates in Ferath

Although the Herescht calendar has a set of named months, these are usually used only in scholarly or official documents. More often, dates are counted from the four major holidays: New Year's Eve and Midwinter Day(about the same as our own, Dec 31st and Jan 1st respectively), Spring Day(early April), Midsummer Day(approx July 15th), and Death's Day(approx October 31st). Although the meaning of each of these varies from culture to culture, some holiday is almost omnipresent at about those dates.

New Year's Eve is a day of feasting and celebration in almost all cultures, with the notable exception of the elves, to whom it is a day of mourning and reflection. Midwinter Day is typically one of relaxation and more quiet celebrations(often recovering from the night before). In the country, Spring Day is a grand festival, the most joyous of the year. In the cities, Spring Day is a day to take nothing seriously: pranks, jokes, and general good humor are the order of the day. Gnomes, of course, are tremendously fond of it. Midsummer Day is usually considered a day to display skills at music, art, and similar pursuits. Death's Day is possibly the most varied holiday; among humans it is widely believed that the spirits of the dead walk abroad come night, and offerings are left for them, while dwarves hold it as a day of fasting and contemplation. The lizardfolk of Shelgaia, on the other hand, celebrate rioutously on Death's Day, believing that it is a day to prove their liveliness, so that death does not mistake them when he returns to collect his own.

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