The Lunar Calendar
The people of Gantórann follow a Lunar calendar.
It’s got 12 months and doesn’t quite align with the solar year, meaning that the seasons don’t always fall across the same months. The calendar realigns with the solar year once every 33 years, and a Synchronicity Festival called Kyoujisay is held.
Each month starts on the new moon and is between 29 and 30 days long. The four lunar phases last about seven (and a half) days each, varying with lunar apogee and perigee.
The months are:
- Yan: month devoted to Parri-arfádrech of Light and Tempest
- Sin: guarded by Temis of justice
- Krad: guarded by Indra of chaos
- Arba: devoted to Aushi-arfádrech of Knowledge and Trickery
- Semmus: guarded by Gamayun of curiosity
- Setta: guarded by
- Sebea: month devoted to Yenta-arfádrech of Nature and War
- Rebea: guarded by Houji of the nourishing earth
- Ttam: guarded by Enyo of bloodshed
- Yiwed: month devoted to Ammuk-arfádrech of Life and Death
- Acot: guarded by Zhywe of healing
- Marago: guarded by Flins the Reaper
The Solar Festivals
The calendar may not line up with the solar year, but obviously changes in season are important to any society that depends on agriculture, herding, or hunting for survival.
Solstices and equinoxes are celebrated with festivals.
- Spring equinox festivals are called Imbolc in some regions, and Candlemas in others. It’s celebrated with bonfires and blessing ceremonies over crop fields, livestock, seeds, and farm equiptment. And getting hammered on what’s left of the winter stores of alcohol, because the next yields are about to be tapped.
- Summer solstice celebrations are called Beltane in some regions and Walpurgis Night in others. Blessings are performed by clerics or druids over cattle and other pasture animals, which are walked around from bonfire to bonfire because everybody likes a nice bonfire. Feasts are also traditional, as are flower garlands, and of course, beer.
- Autumn equinox festivals are called Lammas or Lughnasadh. The celebrate trading with big fairs and bazaars, new families and homes with matchmaking games, and the harvest with offerings of crops to agricultural and nature dieties. Also, bonfires and cider. Bonfires represent light and warmth in the increasing darkness of the coming winter, so for once they’re relevant.
- Winter solstice is called Samhain or Kalan Gwav. It marks the beginning of the lengthening of days. In this festival, the bonfires themselves are blessed in rituals of cleansing and protection. Much mead is consumed, and feasts are enjoyed.
Each day is marked with 10 bells. The first bell is always at sunrise, and each consecutive bell is 100 minutes after the one before. The last bell always tolls 16 hours and 40 minutes after the sunrise bell.
(They don’t use minutes or hours in Gantórann! The reason is because I love making things arbitrarily difficult for everybody.)
- First bell is also called the sunrise bell, or eearendel
- Second bell is sometimes called the industry bell
- Third Bell is the temple bell or the faltorbell
- Fourth bell is also called brekbell
- Fifth Bell
- Sixth bell is also called winterbell, because it’s within this bell that sunset occurs in winter
- Seventh bell is also called blinbell, blinnanbell, or daysend.
- Eighth bell is sometimes called the aequus bell or efnniht because this is when sun sets during the equinoxes.
- Ninth bell is called gobennol, fliabell or gwylbel (ghoul bell).
- The last bell is sometimes called the leaving bell or the fire bell