This holiday, is the Holiday of Ayn and honors the sacrifices, as well as hardships, she went through to bring balance and life to the world. Stories of how the world was born and how monsters, as well as beasts, were brought into creation to bring balance to it, are told on this day. The Denizens of Lynnea give thanks to Ayn and the world she made for them. Many household feasts are cooked and served amongst family and friends to celebrate each other’s company and to show pride in the bountiful harvest autumn usually provides.
Ays'tide || Dec 16th - 27th
A holiday that follows after Faldefest in which the denizens of Lynnea celebrate the birth of Ay and family. This is in regard to the fact that many areas of the world lay in prolonged nights and shortened days. Due to this, the Fall and Winter seasons are often referred to as the Seasons of Ay. Whereas family is honored in acknowledgment of the sisterhood between the sun and the moon, and the sense of kinship between the other gods created by Ayn. While others stay at home with family or with friends, giving gifts of things wanted and/or needed as they live out the winter together, others can be seen at their place of worship to pay homage to their god and Ay. Giving a gift to someone on this day is to show love and affection towards said individual and a general appreciation of their existence in the world. It is in the tradition that small pine trees, or Fir trees, are cut and placed in homes, typically hung from the ceiling upside down, or sat upright and decorated. Many believe by doing this, it is to symbolize the spring to come and adding the decoration is in hopes of a bountiful rebirth. Wreaths are often made from the smaller branches of pine trees, or other available items, and symbolize bonds made within the year. It is decorated based on how the creator felt about his or her year. A plain Wreath is suggested as a normal year, whereas one with more decorations could be taken as a year of many experiences. Carolling may also happen and usually consists of songs of blessing, or a way to offer good fortune towards those they are singing to. On the 16th of December, many cultures dedicate this day to hunting game of their choice. Said game, is prepped and pampered to be turned into a large meal that is indulged in on the 18th day of December with friends and family.
This is one of the days Therians are known to hunt and restore their totem in honor of Ay.
Festival of Stars || April 1st - 7th
A holiday originating in D'nim, the Festival of Stars is held around the beginning of Spring as the season changes to longer days and warmer weather. It celebrates the Empyrean Gods and their victories in their ongoing war against the gods of Calamity - especially against Idieris and his Demons. Mortals focus on activities that highlight their common ground, regardless of race, and their stance against the dark forces that would prey upon them.
During this time, celebrants often wear white and carry brightly colored powders that they use to 'mark' their fellow mortals, each color standing for a different virtue. In the Chantry, special services are held and offerings are especially given during this time to the Empyrean gods. Incense and candles are lit and festivals are held to give away food and drink in a spirit of generosity to all of mortal kind. This is a particularly special time for Sunborn.
The first day of the Festival of Stars, however, is reserved for the Goddess of Luck, Halona. It's on this day that random occurrences are known to happen, whether good or bad: mysterious pranks, sometimes played by unseen forces. Odd things are known to happen on the Festival's first day.
Anhallow || Oct 27th - 31st
This is the holiday in which denizens of Lynnea celebrate Naevius and the spirits she guides to the afterlife. It is said that on this day, spirits are allowed to return to the mortal plane and that those stuck between life and death are given another chance to put their soul to rest. It is customary that on these days those of the living put out trinkets to ward away nefarious spirits, such as carved pumpkins with candles sat inside them, known as jack-o-lanterns, and decorating their houses with fall inspired decor to disguise them, confusing the lurking unknown. Lighting sage and essence is also popular in warding away evil entities. On the flipside, this is also a day of remembrance and those religious may pay homage to Naevius and visit local churches. Others are known to visit graves and hold small vigils for loved ones.
The Day of The Dead
On the 31st, marked the Day of the Dead, Many people of the living can be found dressed in costumes which resemble those of the departed, such as zombies, vampires and ghosts, to confuse the creatures empowered by this day and is thought to defend them from said creatures. Candy and sweets are also prevalent during these times to further keep positivity and good cheer in the air which is considered another ward against dark lingering undead. They’re also left out for the Fae-kind in attempt to dissuade any pranks pulled on the super paranoid denizens!
Effects in play during this Holiday
Active throughout Anhallow: During this Holiday, Vampires are immune as a blessing by Naevius to the sun.
On the JUST the 31st otherwise known as "The Day of The Dead": All Undead gain a + 3 to their current HP but are unable to attack anyone in costume. People in costume must have such stated in their titler and said costume must be physically represented on their avatar. Adding fake ears or just changing your hairstyle does not count as a costume either! Characters must be obviously in disguise.
New Years || Dec 31st - Jan 5th
The Denizens of Lynnea celebrate the New Year. The celebration is met with binge drinking and merry making in a way to express joy of another year of life. Many take this time to do away with last year’s bad experiences and start this one on a clean slate. A ritual is usually held in large civilizations where people take to the nearest water source, strip to their undergarments, and dive in. Some areas hold this ritual as an event where others are performed alone or with small groups of loved ones. The process is symbolized as washing off the previous year, or letting go, and returning to the surface anew.