The Calendar

Maior Dahl (and most of the neighboring countries) use a twelve month calendar with a 324 day year. The months are grouped into sets of four (known as Break, Crest, and Fall), with the number of days in each month increasing by two each month. There technically no real weeks, but every sixth day is considered a “rest day” and is generally considered a measure of time.

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The years are based off of the end of the Wraith Wars (which caused significant destruction across much of the continent) roughly a millennia before our story, following the unification of Khi Dahl, Messia, and Lyar.

Holidays

Major holidays tend to mark turning points in the year, either between seasons or at the beginning/end of the year. The major holidays are as follows:

  • Finial 30 – Kalenial 1: the Turnyear
    • During this time of the year, people pay their respects to the dead, often taking time to clean off graves and leave flowers. Offerings of traditional Lyari sweetbuns are traditionally left at graves by family and friends to help feed the souls of the departed in the afterlife and for luck in the coming year.
    • Larger cities will host grand parades and festivals, while smaller towns tend to put on small-scale festivities, including community meals.
  • Bevial 30: Breakend
    • Breakend marks the end of the cold months and the beginning of the sowing season.
    • Celebrations include decorating barns with garlands of flowers, blessing livestock with fresh spring water, and baking “basket bread” (sweet egg-bread shaped into little baskets and filled with dried fruits).
  • Murial 1-2: the Midyear
    • This marks the midpoint in the calendar, usually accompanied by the first harvests of the “Break foods” (crops planted before Breakend).
    • Celebrations include large family or community meals, large bonfires, and mushroom hunting parties (this is a favorite pastime in the northern regions of Maior Dahl).
  • Manial 30: Crestend
    • Crestend marks the end of the main growing season and the beginning of the main harvest.
    • Celebrations include making “Sentinels” (large effigies made mostly of fallen branches and rope with features made from leaves and other small natural items; these are placed at the edges of fields to ward off evil), burning applewood on the hearth, and blessing livestock with rainwater.
  • Finial 30: Fallend
    • see above