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The Domus week has six days, five of which are weekdays and the last of which is a weekend: Maundy, Twoes, Wetzdie, Thurs, Fridye, Restday. Each of the four months of the year (the terms “month” and “season” are interchangeable) has 90 days, and each starts on a Fridye the 1st with a Feastday. Winter and Summer Feastdays are the biggest communal parties, with the hugest community banquets, whereas Spring and Harvest Feastdays are still days of celebration, but with close circles of loved ones/family.
1 (Fridye) – Spring Feast Day / Equinox
The only feast day that also falls on an important solar transition, and therefore
one of the biggest days of the year for Druids, who hold that Domus was
created on the 1st of Spring. The rest of the world sees it as the feastday
most well-suited for courting a new romance – sneak off and have a private
feast with your beloved. It’s a big honor to be invited to celebrate Spring Feast
Day with someone – equivalent to being accepted into their family.
9 (Maundy) – Raynsday (after ca. 1790 PCC)
Dwarves hold this day sacred as a memorial to the dwarven paladin who laid
down her life to save the world and end the Great Arising; after merely a few
hundred years, though, the other races’ eyes have overlooked all but the fact
that she was a dwarf. They therefore use the day as an excuse to mock and
prank the solemnity of dwarves, and more generally, play silly pranks on each
other. The observance of this holiday is the one knotty, awful point of
contention in the otherwise sterling relations between dwarves and gnomes.
23 (Wetzdie) – the Dance for Elohanna
Elves celebrate the twilight of this fair spring evening with fey revelry, fruity
wines, and intricate dancing. The stars, among all other things elven, are
particularly celebrated. Outsiders may disparagingly call it just “Elfnight.”
59 (Wetzdie) – Eliye’s Fast
Aw come on, why would an otherwise perfectly acceptable god have a fast?
That’s no fun at all. This dampens worldwide enthusiasm for Eliye, but the
faithful nevertheless use the day to gather in worship services and exhort each
other to continue in love, charity, and faithfulness.
81 (Maundy) – Elvenpeace
I don’t know what this is about. Feel free to tell me.
1 (Fridye) – Summer Feast Day
The end of Spring and the beginning of Summer is marked by a large
communal feast, frequently in a fallow field outside of town, where games and
dances can be held after/during/between meals. If you have any prosperity,
security, or contentedness, this is a great time to rejoice in them and give thanks
to your deity of choice.
6 (Thurs) – Solstice / Emperor’s Feast Day (after 2892 PCC)
Depending on when in the Imperial Dynasty you lived, you were either happy
to celebrate the reign of a benevolent government overseeing law and peace -
or you were forced to put on a happy face and pay lip service to a tool. After
Winter the 1320th, though, and the outbreak of the War of Empire’s Fall, pretty
much nobody celebrated it at all. In any case, all it really ever amounted to was
a day when you had to go to services at the Imperial “church.”
33 (Maundy) – Kord’s Feastday
Think Super Bowl Sunday, in the times of the gladiators, with all the
bloodthirstiness substituted by just clean honest sportsmanship. Like the
original Olympics of ancient Greece. Small towns may just have a very few
local games but the big cities with stadiums will have huge celebratory contests.
64 (Twoes) – Aule’s Holiness Day
Honestly, no one but dwarves really knows how this holiday is celebrated. They
play their cards close to the vest.
76 (Twoes) – Redemption of Bahamut
This one is more for cerebral, theological types. Only those of high doctrine
really grasp the import of the redeeming of one of the darkest creatures in
creation. One side effect that some particularly observant (or adventurous)
types might notice, though, is that metallic dragons are disposed to be more
generous, lenient, and even almost humble on this day. Evil dragons, though,
just get surly, and the fact that among some savage evil gods the following
week is used to remember Helkath Hazzurim usually doesn’t improve the
disposition of an evilly mischievous chromatic.
1 (Fridye) – Harvest Feast Day
The poor and those who live a subsistence lifestyle find this the hardest of the
four feastdays to celebrate without worry or care, for their crops will not yet
have come in, and they’ll be feasting away the last of the year’s stores. The rich
have no such compunction. Consequently, what should be another merry
feastday sometimes ignites classism between the haves and the have-nots.
Usually nothing terrible though.
9 (Maundy) – Autumnal Equinox
24 (Thurs) – Goeleiff’s Shard
This is a human-centric holiday (almost to the point of jingoism), for
commemorating the feats of the greatest human hero and martyr in Domus’ history.
U-S-A! U-S-A! I mean – humans! Humans!
44 (Restday) – High Magic Day
Adherents of Boccob’s magical nature (as opposed to his evil warrior nature)
will cast their delicate evocations and incant in their god’s name this day. It’s a
particularly effective day for divination. This holiday doesn’t affect the laity
much, though, as most are incapable of magic, and certainly very few actually
45 (Maundy) – Blessing of the Crops
Today is when Druids probably get the biggest “press” among the civilized and
city-dwellers. It’s what it sounds like: bring a Druid in, have them cast some
spells over this year’s crop, do some ritual chanting. Keep your young daughters
away from the tall dark and mysterious men so they don’t get romantic notions
in their heads and run off into the woods.
1 (Fridye) – Winter Feast Day / first day of Yindalla’s Harvest Feast
Easily the biggest feastday of the year, for all civilized races. Hobbits will
celebrate this one for three days in a row (remember, the harvest goddess for all
the world is also the particular patroness of hobbits). Joy, laughter, banqueting
tables set up in the open town square. Party with your two hundred closest
friends, and sing joyous songs. Say goodbye to the passing year with one last
big fond remembrance before you have to hunker down for winter.
7 (Fridye) – Winter Solstice
Another big day for druids: they recognize that Nature has his seasons of bleak
and barren cold equally as well as his days of flowering abundance. Further, the
solstice’s placement equidistant from a day of joyous feasting and revelry, and a
holiday of darkness and terror, appeals to the tension of Neutrality that lives
within every druid. Other neutral minor gods might piggyback on this idea too.
13 (Fridye) – Night of Wyrmfather
Raynsday is just for pranks – this night is for death and evil deeds. There’s
never been a better reason to double-bolt your doors and stay up all night with a
sword in one hand and a bucket of water in the other, one eye on your children
and the other on your door (gripping your pillow tight is optional). Roving bands
of truly evil people riot – and sneak – into the night most years. City watches are
typically at least doubled.
66 (Thurs) – Observance of the Dead
This day is a solemn time of quiet remembrance, despite the crazed few who
would turn it into a day for carousing with, empowering, and creating undead;
it’s an auspicious night to christen a new cemetery or mausoleum.
74 (Restday) – Banefires
Keep evil spirits at bay by making merry, lighting huge fires and singing loudly
(and otherwise making noise) around them. This holiday was imported from the
savage races out in the wilds. Out of the “civilized” races, half-orcs probably
feel the greatest pull on their hearts on this holiday.
Additionally, local regions, minor faiths, and different governments will celebrate various other holidays, the details of which are left to the imagination and discretion of the DM.