Under Feet of Clay
These festivals are the ones celebrated across most, if not all, Callopius. Local holidays commemorate the founding of cities or local heroes. The following holidays are known with a DC 5 Knowledge (Local) check, and as such is considered common knowledge to all characters.
1 – New Year’s Festival
New Year’s is celebrated as a continuation of the previous day’s festivities. Gladiatorial games and dramatic reenactments of the more famous battles of the Cosmomachy are the most common forms of celebration. Speeches are given by nobles and politicians, casks of wine and other alcohols are tapped, and sacrifices are made to the patron gods of a city. Xiphios and Pallas often receive the greatest number on this day. New Year’s is also the day that contracts are most commonly signed.
20 – Paternalia
As a celebration of the sacrifices made by parents for their children, Paternalia lauds the role of mother and father. Those whose parents have died visit the place of their interment to share a meal with the departed, pouring out a portion of wine over the grave or ashes.
10 – Feast of Just Rule
This feast celebrates the just rule of Xiphios in the heavens, and his agents of rule on earth. Tribute is given to local leaders on this day, and common folk usually refer to it as Tax Day. Kings, rulers, politicians, and high priests enjoy the spotlight more than usual during this time, and a leader being absent on this day is grounds for great worry in a polis. Many will make sacrifices for the good of the city on this day.
30 – Day of Mercy
This is the day that a ruler will pronounce to which criminals mercy will be extended. Usually, one criminal for every ten to be executed will be given a second chance. Those spared death will be prepared a meal, and will then be supplied a pair of oxen to lead to the temple of their choice to offer sacrifice to the gods in thanks for their lives.
31 – Day of Justice
For those unlucky enough to be denied mercy, this is the day on which abhorrent criminals are executed. For those considered citizens of the polis of their execution, they can anticipate beheading, a relatively quick method of death which returns their blood to the soil. Those being executed abroad are usually burned instead, though Cleobonomos will hang them, Biasophoros will bind them with weights and throw them to the sea, and Pittacae will tie each of their limbs and their heads to five separate chariots and pull them apart. These executions are expected to be watched by all citizens as a reminder of the harsh duty of justice.
15 – Ides of the Harvest
This day marks the last day before the harvest begins, and so farmers and field laborers make sacrifices to Thesmaphora to watch over their work and protect their crops through the coming winter. It is a somber day for contemplation of work and the harsh months to come.
16 – Day of the Sages
This day is a celebration of the patron sages of each city and its outlying colonies. Also known as the Day of History, the temples of the Sophotheon have an entire day of readings from the writings of their sage, reinforcing the loyalty to the mythological founder of their metropolis.
31 – Momento Mori
This day, the first of two festival days, commemorates all the dead spirits. Said to be the day that Thantadeus allows spirits to briefly return to the world, it is considered the day most hauntings are active and spirits can be consulted. Mediums, psychics, and occultists are sought out on this day to communicate with the dead, and tombs are tended in anticipation of the brief return of the spirit to watch its resting place.
1 – Feast of All Heroes
The second festival in honor of the departed, this day celebrates the Anthrotheon and all ascendant heroes. Sacrifices in temples for these once mortal gods are higher here than any other day of the year, and many celebrate the ability of the mortal to avoid death through heroic action by telling their favorite stories or attending dramas of their heroic lineage.
27 – Familianae
Celebrating the bonds of families, Familianae brings extended families together to share a feast under the auspices of patriarchal families. In anticipation of this day, many undertake travel in the days prior to draw to their oldest relative’s home.
7 – Vigil of the Seafarer
A day of remembrance for those away at sea regularly, the Vigil of the Seafarer is the greatest day of sacrifice to Thalattos, as families and sailors ask for mercy. Those preparing for long voyages usually take this day as their departure, and captains hiring new crews accept their contracts on the Vigil. The capstone of this day is the Widow’s Feast, a meal put on in temples of Thalattos for those who have lost family in shipwrecks.
21 – Midwinter Feast of Lights
Held on the shortest day of the year, the Midwinter Feast of Lights makes offerings to the twins of light, Pallas and Sylvia. It is said that the night before this festival is when the wicked Proteus is most active, luring the desperate into traps and warping them into half-human monsters for his own amusement and the glory of his mother and lover, Gaia. Offerings are made to the gods of Sun and Moon, imploring Pallas to drive his sun-chariot across the skies and entreating Sylvia to hunt down and punish Proteus. Years when the Midwinter coincides with a new moon are expected to be particularly difficult. An additional celebration is conducted to celebrate triumph against the beasts on the first full moon after Midwinter.
15 – Feast of the Ancestors
Much like Paternalia, the Feast of the Ancestors honors those departed to began the bloodline. Local folk will visit the graves of their ancestors, bringing flower chains or fine cloth to decorate the graves, while the rich elite will purchase passage to Chilones to pay respects in the catacombs. Among elves, this is a particularly important festival day.
31 – Day of Tribute
This day celebrates the seven metropolises who sustain the villages in the realms between them. On this day, local leaders such as mayors gather their yearly tribute to the metropolis. Outside of political circles, this day marks the end of local taxation which takes place during the month of Thantos to gather the yearly tribute.
14 – Gynalia
A celebration of women, love, and eroticism, the Gynalia is noted for its emphasis on poetry and sacrifice to the goddesses. Outside of the wealthy women of the city, however, the day is treated more as a day for romantic pursuits rather than an empowerment of the women managing households.
21 – Fool’s Feast
A day for pranks, jokes, and humor, the Fool’s Feast is most popular among children, who run through the streets in masks that look vaguely goblinoid. In exchange for a few sweets, they will scamper off without trouble, but those who do not are liable to be pranked.
28 – Downfall Day
Downfall Day commemorates the fall of Thebes, and is a day for the performance of the masterpiece tragedies. An air of warning hangs over the day as a whole.
10 – Children’s Feast
Children’s Feast is a day for all the children whose parents died or who otherwise do not know the day of their birth. For them, this marks their advancement to a new year. In general, this day is one for spoiling children with gifts and sweets.
22 – Triumphans
This is the anniversary the retreat of the Barbarian armies that began the Peace of Triumph. War stories and honoring of veterans is the standard for the day, and recruitment to the military for the coming year is usually signed to contract on this day.
1 – Day of the Hunt
The month of Sylvae marks the end of winter, and preparations for the coming growing season begins on the first. Sacrifices are made to ask for fertile lands and plentiful rain for the season, and hunters begin to gather food to shore up reserves for the spring. New hunters are usually brought out for the first time, and drink a cup of blood from their first kill.
14 – Day of the Seeding
After two weeks of hunting and preparatory tilling, this day marks the beginning of sowing seeds and the work of the spring and summer. Few official events take place, as the farmers are generally busy working the fields, a large celebratory meal is common.
15 – Zagrinalia
The middle of the month of Zagrioda marks the holy day of Zagrius, when aged casks of wine are opened. After a month of sowing seeds and carefully protecting them for a month, the Zagrinalia is a festival eagerly anticipated as a break from the grueling work. Full of color, wine, and general debauchery, Zagrinalia is looked down upon by the upper echelons of most religious groups, but is one of the most popular holidays among nearly every citizen. Every year ends with rumors of orgies, those who drowned in flowing wine, and politicians who found themselves in compromising situations.
22 – Fall of Erebus
Celebrated across Callopius, but nowhere more so than Periandropolis. Commemorating the destruction of the wicked king who held Callopius hostage with terror for his alliance with monsters, the Fall of Erebus is cause for celebration. Effigies of monsters are made of parchment, feathers, and string, and beaten with sticks by children to reveal the sweets within, and others burned with herbs as incense for adults. Offerings at the alters of the whole Trisdekatheon are common on this day, as are memorials ot local heroes. Thenius is particularly celebrated on this day. For those in Dikethaleos who are particularly courageous, a yearly Monster Hunt is undertaken, with the greatest successful kill earning a monetary prize and a place of honor.
1 – Feast of Bonds
With New Year’s and its contracts coming due in just a month, the Feast of Bonds is a reminder to all who have made agreements to fulfill their obligations. As reward for being ahead of agreement, most contracts agree to allow a forgiveness of upwards of 5% of the contract for payment on the Feast of Bonds rather than New Years. Outside of this, the Feast is largely ignored.
21 – Festival of Matrimony
Celebrating marriage, the Festival of Matrimony is a day for couples to renew any vows and mark another year of commitment. The day is particularly important in Solonos, where elite dining venues have filled reservations for years ahead of time. The city has come under criticism for their desire to make money from the holiday, but each year more and more make their way to Solonos to purchase a romantic experience.
30 – Fire Thief’s Feast
A celebration of progress, art, and civilization, the Fire Thief’s Feast is a prelude to the New Year’s festivities taking place the next day. Artists, poets, playwrights, musicians, militaries, and architects all participate in shows of their advances and abilities, with Cleobonomos being the central location for these events, with the biggest festivities. A local guild of showmages even puts on a grand display of lights and flames at midnight at a showing called the Summer’s Aurora.