Holidays and Festivals
There are several days that have significant cultural or spiritual meaning to Nords, and some of them have associated rituals and traditions that represent ancient Primordial ceremonies and myths that have been adopted into Pantheonic customs are generally shared throughout the continent.
The first day of the new year, Dawnfire, coincides with the summer solstice and the longest period of daylight and warmth. The Dawnfire Festival is celebrated all over with outdoor picnics, parties, and parades, which extend into the night, where magical and non-magical lights of all sorts are lit to celebrate the gift of Light and Life.
The middle of the year, which coincides with the winter solstice, is Moonshadow. The opposite of Dawnfire, it is a day of darkness, cold, and death. But even still, there is a celebration to be had, as the end of this day marks the beginning of a lengthening of the days into the spring and summer months. There is a holiday on Moonshadow, celebrated by the Moonshadow Faire, as well as the day after, which is Ancestor’s Day. The Faire is when the spirits of the dead come to rise and mingle with the living once more, to be remembered. Nords will paint their faces in styles of skulls and skeletons, and then go out playing pranks and causing mischief. The next day, they ceremoniously wash the facepaint off, starting a new day. Around Nordic homes, presents are left for children “by their ancestors”, to be remembered.