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Adpihi and Reptigan Annual and Monthly Holidays

Posted 1 Month ago by chiarizio

They have eight annual festivals.
The Solstices and the Equinoxes and the Cross-Quarter days.
They also have four monthly festivals.
The New Moon, the Full Moon, and the Half Moons.
The two biggest festivals are Mothers’ Day for Daughters (Spring Equinox) and Fathers’ Day for Sons (Fall Equinox). They are multi-generational extended-family things.
The two next biggest (or, at least, two of the next biggest) are on alternate Winter Solstices; Mothers-and-Sons Day and Fathers-and-Daughters Day.

In Spring on Mother’s-and-Daughters “Day” all of the grown women of each matriline gather their children and husbands together and go visit their oldest living matrilineal ancestresses. (The single sons go too.) All the visitors bring food and gifts. If the ancestress is still healthy she does a lot of housework to prepare for them to stay a few days and also helps cook the food while they’re there; otherwise all the adult women (and occasionally the grown sons and grandsons and sons-in-law also help) take up those duties.
The second full day after everyone has arrived all of the women and many of the men go to visit the grave of the most recently deceased ancestress. If there’s time they may also visit other graves, especially if matrilineal relatives —— descendants of that ancestress’s still-surviving sister, for example —— are visiting the grave of that ancestress’s mother.
Many fun and/or interesting activities are planned for the men and the children to keep them happy and out of the women’s way while this is going on.

In Fall on Fathers-and-Sons “Day” the gender-swapped analog happens. The men mostly bring camping gear (including outdoor cookware) and hunting weapons and lots of dogs. (And “trail food”, that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated!) The men are responsible for the cooking, which they do outdoors. The women may obtain up to half of the raw vegetable ingredients but it’s still (traditionally) the men who cook them. The elderly men, if too old to hunt, entertain their guests —— and themselves! —— by telling usually-mostly-almost-true stories. Sometimes part of the entertainment is to compete to provide a “moral” for the stories.
The children and the dogs and other pets usually do a pretty good job of entertaining each other. Activities for the women are also provided.

Winter solstice is both Mothers-and-Sons Day and Fathers-and-Daughters Day.
In even years all the sons go to visit their mother if she’s still living. (Single daughters might go visit their father too.)
In odd years all the daughters go to visit their father if he’s still living. (Single sons might go to visit their mother too.)
These events are thought of as two-generation events. A married son, for example, in an even year, will probably bring his wife or wives and, if they have any, their children; and if the mother being visited has her dependent father living with her, he will be included; but those three-generation gatherings are regarded as peripheral.
Similarly for the husband(s) and children of a married daughter, or the dependent mother of a father being visited, in an odd year.
These gatherings are all about Clothes and Creativity. Or Talents and Togs. Or whatever. Everyone shows off their clothes and shoes and hats and tattoos and newest artwork they’ve made or bought. There are talent shows for the grandkids to impress their elders, and for the kids to get impressed: “Wow, I didn’t know Grandma/Grandpa/Uncle Toby/Aunt Amelia could sing/play/dance like that!” They might go out as a group to a concert or dance or museum.
Traditionally the younger generation —— the visitors (the father’s daughters or the mother’s sons) —— is supposed to take care of all the incidental labors and expenses that come up, but in real life (if I can use that term about a conculture!) they’re pretty flexible, which is both easier and more necessary because the group is smaller —— the family is less extended.

The Full Moon closest to the Summer Solstice is Election Day. It is actually five days long; from two days before until two days after that full moon.
The full moon closest to Lammas (the cross-quarter day midway between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox) is Inauguration Day. Inauguration is at Noon on that day.
Between the next full moon after Election Day and the last full moon before Inauguration Day all election questions are supposed to be settled.
Election “Day” is a five-day holiday and Inauguration “Day” is a three-day holiday.
(The three Parents-and-Children holidays are more like seven-day holidays.)

One of the other cross-quarter days is Brothers-and-Sisters Day.
Another is Lovers (and Spouses) Day.
I haven’t decided.
The cross-quarter holidays are mostly three- or four-day events.

Other Full Moons and New Moons are two- or three-day events. But most folks can’t take more than one day off from work more than once a month, or even take a whole day off more than twice a month. So they tend to work short days on those days they don’t take off, which usually includes the Waxing and Waning Half-Moons, and do religious things like meetings and worship services and public and private prayers and meditations and study.

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I never decided which day is New Year Day.
I’ll decide now; it’s Midnight of the New Moon closest to the Winter Solstice.
That makes it the polar opposite of Election Day. Perhaps that’s not smart on my part?
Maybe there’s a recurring not-very-serious attempt to change New Year to Inauguration or something like that?

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Reptigan is more global and less religious. Political holidays are shorter because travel is easier. Family holidays remain the same length.

Travel is easier for people who are already on the destination planet. Lots of new customs have arisen to accommodate people who should be celebrating with each other but are hundreds of millions of kilometers apart, or even lightyears or tens of lightyears apart. (The Reptigan sphere is about 1000 lightyears in diameter, but it’s rare for anybody to ever cross the whole thing in one trip.)

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