I’m writing stories that take place in a fantasy world and I’m writing out certain cultures and whatnot that exist within that world. I’m thinking this would be cool but I’m not sure where to start: what kind of holidays would they celebrate?
I’m looking to make up holidays that my characters could celebrate in this world, but I don’t really have any ideas. If anyone else does, please feel free to share!
What would the holiday be? When, why, and how do they celebrate?
I came up with a few for my story, there based of the species I have in my story. So if you have any specific species I could try thinking of some others.
What would the holiday be? In turn with Wish Keeping day, there Fairy rebellion day/ Rebellion day!
When, why, and how do they celebrate? It takes place between September 19-20th, every 2 years. In celebration of the 2 years during the link breaking that the Fairies built a new/ separate society, completely excluding themselves from any wish keeping ritual. They celebrate by, in the early morning, having separation magic practiced on anyone/ species who is not already separated from the wish keepers, and wants to. Along with training all fairies who would like to master it, (occurring both days). They then gather all light fairies in the main tree city where they share a meal. This meal costists of rice (however this is spattered with protecting magic to keep fairies magic up along with concealing them from being subject the any wish keeper activities). The meal also includes the special decanake bread. Anyone who is not fairy will worship the light fairies for there braveness even though they didn’t succeed. Wish keepers and witches, wizard and apprentices monitor to make sure fairies don’t plan a up rising. Whilst the fairy leaders are secretly planning a up rising right in front of there eyes.
What would the holiday be? Vampire Sleep day! Kinda like Christmas and bear hibernation except for vampires.
When, why, and how do they celebrate? All of December, yearly. To let enemies/ or friends sleep, depending on species. They celebrate by signing a yearly agreement/ treaty at the end of November saying that basically, no one can interrupt the Vampires rest, also stating that species surrounding rest areas are subject to utter silence or to move temporarily. Species that are enemies of vampires follow this too as it gives them the opportunity to always face a worthy opponent and also not to be seen as a coward for taking a cheap shot. Witches and wizards along with fairies perform hibernation, silence, and calming spells once a week in each city. Vampires just hibernate during this time period. Members of vampire families and friends who are not vampires prepare homemade gifts and warm meals for once they awaken since they will be dehydrated and groggy. Gifts can include wooden objects, cards, and even dance/ play routines. Food usually includes rare soups that take a week’s journey, warm loaves of bread, and fresh-made sandwiches with rare meats, rare cheeses, or rare vegetables.
What would the holiday be? Mermodia Phoeniexa! (a random name I came up with for a super random holiday)
When, why, and how do they celebrate? 1 week during the summer. To celebrate and help mermaids during a hot super week, along with celebrating the survival of the last 3 phoenixes (though 1, aka my story avi, is a hybrid of 5 species.). Basically made the holiday to celebrate me in combination with mermaids but oh welp. People celebrate by those near seas helping mermaids during the hot seasons, via performing cooling magic, air magic, making cooler beverages, and helpful gifts. They celebrate the phoenixes via prayer for long life. (Though phoenixes are age immortals). People prepare gifts for phoenixes, including healing potions, homemade toys (in the hope of more phoenixes), protection plants (such as venous flytrap), foods they enjoy, and darn liquid soups (I’m not a liquid soup person but it made sense). Royal and rich families gifts, fine silk, rare food, cozy robes, pixie dust, and other rare/ expensive items. Mermaids celebrate by trying to survive the heat. The other 2 phoenixes celebrate by using gifts. My story avi/ Pheonix hybrid celebrates by sorting through gifts I will use and need, then donating the ones I won’t to my people. I also sit by a cherry blossom tree for peace and sort through royal work. Phoenixes at the end of the holiday (all three) come together to do a thank you flying routine (Kinda like why arm air jets fly past on independence days and such depending on the area). Phoenixes light a flame in the sky at the end of the routine and then go back to their palaces and sleep for an uninterrupted 16 hrs.
(That’s just a random holiday that I thought of though, and has no literal purpose to the story, other than showing how my MC is a caring and kind person, along with showing extra scenes staring me)
What would the holiday be? Spirits day (Like a day of the dead except more “magical”)
When, why, and how do they celebrate? March during the last weekend of the month starting the last Friday and ending the last Sunday, yearly. To celebrate the safe passing of loved ones from the living form to the Phantom form. Along with celebrating ‘the late protectors’ who help insure a safe passing/ transformation. Also celebrated to meat up with them for 3 days. This holiday is celebrated by fairies, witches, wizard and the late protectors opening the gates which help protect Phantoms, occurring the/ that Friday morning at exactly 12 am-1am. Then late protectors safely escort the Phantoms to there other Phantom ancestors. After this late protectors escort Phantom families to there living ancestors/ families and friends. During this late protectors receive gifts from the living as they have ensured safe travel. Phantoms are presented with gifts from the living ancestors and Living ancestors are presented with stories from there Phantom/ passed ancestors. People continue the celebration differently in each house hold but it’s usually a weekend of feasts, crys, laughs and lots of questions and stories.
Those are just 5 I decided on, I’m aiming for 10. All holidays I use to relate to some part of the story.
you could combine traditions e.g. Nigeria + China certain holidays traditions and mix-match the things they do e.g. for birthdays/funerals/ new years etc.
Seasons holidays (summer, winter, etc).
Some god/goddess holiday.
Any national holiday (independence, foundation date, etc).
Yeah I should keep that in mind. Thanks!