The Ascension Gate
The Calagos Calendar
In 1957 AG, the civilized races of Calagos came together and agreed upon a joint calendar, based upon the system developed by Cardinal Trentus, head of the Order of the Divine Seekers of the One Truth. His calendar breaks the year into 10 months, each month spanning 35 days broken into 5 weeks. Below is a listing of the days, months, and some notable days throughout the year.
*Gadday was formerly called Pharasday after the God of Death, Pharasma, but has been renamed in honor of Gadar. Backwater regions or those that do not follow the new faith will often still refer to this day by its original name.
Each month begins on Iomeday and ends on Gadday.
Boaldyn, 1st of Ketephen – Celebrated on the first day of Spring, Boaldyn is a festival celebrating the renewal of life and the end of Winter. Celebrations vary in each region, but typically include a large bonfire and feasting. It is a popular day for weddings, and children born on Boaldyn are often regarded as blessed. In some places, farmer’s superstitions involving a groundhog and its shadow are believed to tell if Winter is truly over, or if it will extend until the beginning of Gad.
Death’s Path, 21st of Pharast – An ancient day of remembrance and honoring the dead, this holiday has existed since before the Gate War, although the precise day of its original celebration is unknown. Celebrated on the longest day of the year, different cultures have widely different customs on this auspicious day. In the city of Kimohidaka, the day is one of somber and quiet reflection, with drab clothing and quiet ceremony. In Port Amnis, the celebration is one of wild colors and dance, food and drink and music, as a celebration of life to remember the dead. In Sistaort, the day is one of tricks and pranks, costumes and sweets. In all cases, however, a moment of silence is given when the sun drops below the horizon.
Hamas Day, 35th of Hamas – Marked by the completion of the Grand Monastery, Hamas Day is a day of celebration and feasting. Although celebrated in most regions that follow The One Truth, the celebration is largest in Sistaort, with parades and celebration often lasting from dawn until dawn of the following day. This is also a celebration of the last day of Summer, and will sometimes be referred to as Ihysabbat, a pagan feast day.
Dwarven Hallows, 31st of Toragas – Celebrated by the dwarves of the Kaluvian mountain range in southern Calagos, Dwarven Hallows is a holiday celebrating the creation story of the Dwarven race. Torag, the smith god, created the dwarves to aid him in shaping the worlds and crafting many wondrous artifacts to gift to the other gods. When he finished his work, the gods held a great masque in his honor. However, jealous of the gifts he created for the gods of light, the gods of the darkness came upon the celebration with twisted visages and hordes of monstrous creatures. The dwarves fought with great ferocity and valor, turning the tide of battle and driving the forces of evil back into the dark places. For their service, Torag gave the dwarves a gift: mortality. Although they would now die natural deaths, they were no longer bound in service, but instead could make their own destinies. In remembrance of this story, the dwarves celebrate their holy ancestors with several traditions. Grand parties are held, traditionally a masquerade, in which the guests wear costumes in imitation of the gods. Typically, at the end of these parties, dwarven children dressed as monsters “invade”, and must be “persuaded” to leave with gifts of candy from party goers. Pumpkins are carved and lit by candles inside, representing the fire of life instilled into the dwarves by Torag. These carvings are often of the ancient dwarven kings, but include a wide variety of fantastical creatures, horrific faces, and more abstract artwork. Many of the other traditions and activities depend on the region, but will often include elements of harvest holidays.
Fraternis Day, 34th of Neth – On the last Sarenday of each year, followers of the One Truth celebrate Fraternis day, a day of forgiveness and gift giving. Followers give gifts to friends and family over a morning breakfast often consisting of sweetcakes and oats. At noon, followers then congregate at a place of worship to offer gifts and forgiveness to those they believe have wronged them. This tradition is often preceded by a version of the following story, told by the local priest: During the early years of the church, a schism between the orders led to a short but brutal civil war in the church of Gadar. After months of infighting, the leaders of the Orders met on a snowy battlefield to discuss terms. It is said that a sunbeam broke through the clouds onto their meeting, bearing the wisdom of Gadar himself, and that when the meeting concluded, the leaders ordered their men to “Lay down thy arms and embrace your brethren”. The veracity of this story cannot be confirmed, and the holiday may in fact stem from older traditions of the followers of Sarenrae, involving a day of forgiveness to provide a fresh beginning for the new year.