The Hammarleedings enjoy a roster of celebratory days.
In the years of Paiam’s girlhood, men in the brother-lodges joined the women in the sister-lodges on only three of these fete-days: Long-dark, Other-joy, and Mother’s Bounty.
By the time Paiam’s daughter Sarvet was a teen, the brothers of Tukeva-lodge came to Kaunis-lodge more often. And when Sarvet’s daughter Livli reached adulthood, it was customary for the brothers to join the sisters for every celebration except First-light.
Each lodge celebrates Lodge-day on the day of its own founding, so the timing of that fete-day varies. A few of the lodges have added their own unique celebrations to the roster, but the revels they have in common are as follows.
First-light (Bricember): celebrates the lengthening of the days on this first day after the winter solstice
Other-joy (Falnary): celebrates the otherness of men as perceived by women, and the otherness of women as perceived by men; linking rites are performed on Other-joy
Spring Evener (Nerish): celebrates the spring equinox
Birth-joy (Thyril): celebrates new life as evidenced by the spring and by the growing children of Kaunis-clan
Long-light (Joiesse): celebrates the summer solstice
Lodge-day (Labresse): celebrates the founding of Kaunis-lodge
Mother’s Bounty (Jube): celebrates the births of the babies conceived on Other-joy
Fall Evener (Sanember): celebrates the autumn equinox
Death-joy (Ionaber): both mocks and mourns the presence of death within life
Giving-day (Noulember): a day of thanksgiving; gifts are exchanged by friends and kin
Long-dark (Bricember): celebrates the winter solstice and defies the darkness; young children receive gifts from their older kin
For more about the world of the Kaunis-clan, see:
The Kaunis Clan Home
Why Did the Three Goats Cross the River?
Origin of Canning—Not What You’d Think!
Pickled Greens, a Hammarleeding Delicacy