Lemurian Calendar & Festivals

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The Lemurian calendar has eight months, each month forty-five days long, with five weeks of nine day each. After the eighth month is the Feast of Kronia, which lasts either four or five days, and recalibrates the year back on track. The Lemurian Calendar is divided into before the landing of Erisodourus on the Isle of Lemuria (BL) and after his landing (AL). In the Lemurian Calendar, the year 2018 would be counted as 2343 AL. The corresponding dates of the Gregorian calendar given in these entries are only approximations.

The Lemurian calendar has a rich and diverse number of festivals and holy days. They currently include:

Canisaria

(Aug 8th- Sept 22nd)

The first month of the Lemurian year, which begins on approximately August 1.

Feast of Sirius

(Aug 8th- Aug 16th)

The first week of Canisaria Celebrates the “dog days of Summer”, also known as “Hangover Week”. Everyone recovers from Kronia, and focuses on rest, relaxation, restoration, and contemplation.

Ancients' Day

(Aug 31st)

The twenty third day of Canisaria, celebrates of the possibly nonhuman first inhabitants of Lemuria. Presentations on them, and visits to ruins.

Pirataria

(Sept 23rd Nov 6th)

The second month of the year.

Piratalia

(Sept 23rd)

The first day of the month celebrates the pirates of the Lemurian Republic's history. People dress like pirates, talk like pirates, celebrate famous pirates, engage in mock “raids”, go on treasure hunts.

Day of the Drift

(Oct 9th)

The seventeenth day of the month, celebrating the Situationist concepts of Drift and Psychogeography. Various events where people rediscover things that they thought they knew, or looking at those things in unfamiliar ways.

Glyphalia

(Nov 3rd)

The forty second day of the months, a celebration both of Lemurian Barbaric, plus the Lemurian alphabet and Lemurian literature. Celebrations focus around poetry and book readings, and calligraphy.

Kynigaria

(Nov 7th- Dec 21st)

The third month of the year.

Wild Hunt Day

(Nov 7th)

First day of the month, a celebration of the gods of the hunt (and hunted), when the veil between the worlds is thin. A traditional day for invoking spirits and casting spells. People draw lots and are either the hunter or the hunted, and are “ridden” by spirits in their roles, basically playing tag. Small gifts are usually given the to “hunter” who captures the giver as “prey.”

Sphinxalia

(Nov 23rd)

Seventeenth day of the month, a celebration of the Lemurian Sphinx. Celebrations revolve around puzzles, riddle contests, and mysteries.

Tag Day

(Nov 29th)

The twenty third day of the month, a fundraising holiday for the Church of Mu. People who donate to the church receive commemorative decorative tag as a reward. Church services, processions and eating with friends.

Pyraria

(Dec 22nd- Feb 4th)

The fourth month of the year.

Fire Sage Day

(Dec 22nd)

The first of the day of the month is Fire Sage Day. On this day, the “Fires Sage” (a marshal elected by the local holiday committee) oversees nighttime fire-lit processions of various “boats” (floats) built by various civic organizations. At the end of the processions, the boats are set on fire (the burning of the boats is also judged), and prizes are awarded. The groups then go to various halls, where parties and skits are put on.

Hadaka Matsuri

(Jan 7th)

The seventeenth day of the month, people compete in various games while naked, to win lucky charms for the next year. Basically Nudist day.

Fusang Day

(Feb 1st)

The forty second day of the month, celebrates the day a boatload of Chinese Daoist dissidents and drunk Japanese fishermen crashed on the shores of Lemuria, called Fu Sang by the castaways. Includes recreations of the landing (often humorous and/or burlesque interpretations), and celebrations of Asian culture.

Materaria

(Feb 5th- March 21)

The fifth month of the year.

Mother's Day

(Feb 5th)

The first day of the month, a celebration of the Mother Goddess. Combines mother’s day, and culminates in mass dances (the warm-up) which leads to various combat games. These are often used for divination purposes. Any injuries or blood shed is considered sacrifices to the Goddess.

Lupercalia

(Feb 21st)

The seventeenth day of the month celebrates Lupercalia. The traditional celebration takes place, but the lupercai can be of any sex, and those lining up can be anyone seeking good fortune.

Liberaria

(Mar 22nd- May 5)

The sixth month of the year.

Liberalia

(Mar 22nd) The first day of the month celebrates Libera, goddess of freedom. It is also traditional graduation day, and the traditional day children of a certain age transition into adulthood. It is also a festival of virility. Large wooden phalluses are paraded through the land and treated as mayday poles, in order to protect and bring good luck to the land.. Various penis-shaped food and memorabilia are sold.

Dionysia

(Mar 31st- April 8)

The second week of Liberalia is a nine day festival of the theatrical arts, in honor of Dionysus. Various theatrical competitions and film festivals are held.

Lemuraria

(May 6- June 19)

The seventh month of the year.

Florialia

(May 6)

The first day of the month celebrates three things- nature and fertility, labor, and sex workers. It is traditionally a paid day off, with maypoles, music, and flower-related activities. This culminates in the Sex Worker Games, where sex workers are honored and various teams and individual sex workers compete in sport, intellectual, and creative contests.

Lemuralia

(May 15- May 23)

The second week of the month. Very much the “national holiday” of Lemuria, this festival is about practicing the traditional virtues of Lemuria, most especially hospitality to guests and the welcoming of refugees. Rituals are conducted to welcome and make peace with the “unquiet dead”, and to resolved and settle any unresolved issues or traumas. Doors are thrown open to friends, families, and strangers, to connect and reconnect over large meals. It is a week-long cross between thanksgiving, Kwanza, and a therapy session.

Republic Day

(May 15)

The first day of Lemuralia is recognized as Republic Day, and celebrates the founding of the Lemurian Republic.

Towel Day

(May 25)

A celebration of Douglas Adams’ Towel Day, which emphasizes exploration (especially space exploration), scientific discovery, DIY spirit and craftiness, and futurism. A generally scifi themed holiday, culminating in various parties and festivities designed to attract the attention of any passing extra (or ultra) terrestrials for a lift.

Erisaria

(June 20- Aug 3rd)

The eighth month of the year.

Midsummer

(June 20)

The first day of the month. Celebrations start the night before, as people party around bonfires the entire night (occasionally jumping over them), staying up to see the sunrise.

Erisalia

(June 24)

The fifth day of the month. Commemorates Erisodorous landing (wrecking) on Lemuria, and the dedication of the land to his patron goddess. It is a day of recklessness, disruption, disagreements, and apples. Wild projects are started, wild opinions are expressed, old habit are shattered, and lots of apple products are consumed. Apples are traditionally given like valentines.

Feast of Kronia

(Aug 4th- Aug 8th)

A multi-day festival that happens "between the year", which begins on the first day after the end of Erisalia, and the last day before the beginning of Canisaria. A celebration of the imagined “Golden Age”, when people didn’t need to work to live. Social distinctions and duties are temporarily erased, and a “Temporary Autonomous Zone” is observed. It is a time of reveling and debauchery. The feast last four or five days, however long it takes to realign the calendar.