Months and Festivals

There are as many calendars in the Known World as there are races and countries but the one you will be referring to is standard throughout The Empire. The Imperial Calendar divides the year into 12 months of 32 or 33 days, with six days that fall between the months and are not numbered. Four of these six are festivals connected to seasonal events – the summer and winter solstices and the spring and autumn equinoxes – while the other two mark the occasions when both moons are full. These last are greatly feared and even the most hardened cynics stay out of the eerie light cast by the moons on Hexensnacht (“Witching Night”) and Geheimnisnacht (“Night of Mystery”).

The months and holy days are listed below along with their respective translations:

Month Translation
Hexenstag Witching Day
Nachexen After-Witching
Jahrdrung Year-Turn
Mitterfruhl Spring equinox
Pflugzeit Ploughtide
Sigmarzeit Sigmartide
Sommerzeit Summertide
Sonnstill Summer solstice
Vorgeheim Fore-Mystery
Geheimnistag Day of Mystery
Nachgeheim After-Mystery
Erntezeit Harvest-tide
Mittherbst Autumn equinox
Brauzeit Brewmonth
Kaldezeit Chillmonth
Ulriczeit Ulrictide
Mondstille Winter solstice
Vorhexen Fore-Witching

Within the Empire, major festivals and feast-days do not fall on a day of the week. Imagine it as: Monday, Tuesday, Midsummer day, Wednesday, Thursday… This gives the festivals an extra emphasis, making them stand apart from the rest of the week. Festivals and feast-days are not normal days, they are important events in the religions and beliefs of the Old World, and they are far more than a excuse for a day off. Anyone who expects to find people conducting normal business on a festival-day is going to be disappointed.

There are other feast-days in the calendar, but most of them are only observed in certain areas or by certain groups of people. A day sacred to Verena will be observed by scholars, scribes, lawyers and any profession linked to learning or justice, for example. Towns and cities will have special holidays in memory of local heroes or major days in the area’s history, such as the ending of the siege, a famous victory, the overthrowing of a tyrant or the anniversary of the birth or death of a well-loved ruler.

Months and Festivals

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