Myths & Gears
The Longest Night is a triennial event that falls upon the Winter Solstice. It is a numberless day, conceived by the innovators of the Morrowan calendar to compensate for a third of a day difference between an ordinary year and the astronomical year. This nocturnal festival is observed in most of the western regions and includes heavy drinking, music, and dancing. Celebrants often dress as the dead and the festivities may also include fireworks. In many places, the Longest Night is a three-night celebration.
Winterfest (Giving Day): The last day of the year has always been celebrated in different ways throughout western Immoren since the time of the Thousand Cities, but long fests sometimes lasting over the course of several days or even a week are by far the most common. Many places still have gatherings of friends and family during this time called Winterfest, a time for sharing and camaraderie. The hanging of ivy is a popular tradition, perhaps to lift sagging winter spirits and remind the people that spring is not far away, and the greetings of “good health” and “good fortune” are commonly heard for days before and after this holiday. By Menite reckoning, Giving Day has a different meaning. On this day, every Menite is expected to tithe to the temple.