Holy Days and Festivals

Holy Days and Festivals

New Year’s Festival of Mujíbh

This festival begins the last night of the year and continues through the rising of the small blue sun Edü on the first morning of first day of Sahásya. It celebrates Mujíbh, the messenger of the Devah, who brings the glad tidings that the season of death is over, and spring has begun. Tiny blue candles are lit and placed in little boats or on leaves and floated on the water to call to Edü, and feasting lasts throughout the night until first prayers.

After both suns rise, lovers and lovers-to-be exchange passionate notes proclaiming their desire for one another, while families and friends exchange more sedate gifts. Children usually receive toys, and adults receive gifts that are appropriate for their social or caste status (tools, weapons, jewelry, etc.). This is to commemorate Mujíbh’s ascension to the Heavens on this day to announce the creation of the caste system to the Great Father and Mother.

The Padh-shu-sén Festival of the North

Celebrated in the Sarpah nations as well as Magár, this three-day festival honors the semi-divine Padh-shu-sén, son of the devah Nagamíssa and the mortal king Sháhm-hu-sen, ruler of Visedhárah after the Thousand Years of Darkness. With the aid of his father’s weapons and the preserved wings of a long-dead Paksin, Padh-shu-sén slew the great Satha-Vürtach, mother of all vürtachs, the scourge of the Visedhárah lands, but was mortally wounded in the process. During the month of Rabhu he is celebrated with feasting, dancing in the streets, martial displays, fireworks, and a grand parade with costumed performers reenacting the battle.

Feast of Nagamíssa

Primarily a holy day in Sarpah lands, this week-long feast begins on the first day of Sadázis. Nagamíssa is the patron devah of Visedhárah, a symbol of fortune, magic and fertility, and she is worshipped with lit incense before her statues, readings of sacred poetry, and visits to soothsayers to receive prophecies for the rest of the year. Since she is sometimes said to govern the skies, many fly kites and balloons, decorated with her image and trailing colorful streamers covered in prayers and wishes. High Nagmahn priests sit at hill-top shrines to interpret the clouds, and many faithful gather there as well to hear their visions. Large familial feasts of thanksgiving are held on almost any night during the week to praise Nagamíssa for her sacrifices for the sarpah people and to thank her for the blessings she has given them over the last year. Pregnant sarpah mothers are given highest honors at all such gatherings, and are often treated as if they were incarnations of Nagamíssa herself.

Feast of Mürtyu

Held on the last day of Bhüta, this festival celebrates the devah Mürtyu, the Judge of the Great Cycle of Life and Death. At night, jánah dress in white robes and carry lanterns, decorated with the faces of angry Devah and demons, on long sticks. These are used to drive away evil spirits, and also to attract the souls of those who have lost their way, as it is thought that Mürtyu will take pity on them and lead them to the Edge of Heaven at the end of the night. Most houses hold feasts with places laid for both the living and the dead, and set up memorial shrines with pastries and candies as offerings. These treats are eaten by children and adults as well while they listen to scary stories told throughout the long night. This is the final feast of the year, a last celebration before the cold winds and foul weather of Sheetál.

Holy Days and Festivals

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