These are some of the holidays commonly observed on Torria.

Day of the Dead - A day to remember those who have died. Boughs and gifts are laid on graves, sacrifices made to the dead, mediums speak to ghosts, and many, many attempts are made to resurrect the dead. You do not want to ward off the dead at these times, as this is considered the one period where they are free to wander the mortal world.

Day of Erathis - A day to build and rebuild. Many group projects today, and many projects undertaken this week. Lots of street vendors sell wards to protect houses.

Day of Fortunes - This is an auspicious day for the telling of fortunes and omens. Many great quests began on these days, as seers predicted the coming of heroes. It's traditional to have your fortune told, to buy trinkets relating to good luck over the coming year, and make sacrifices to the gods. Many fortune-tellers ply the streets, as do those selling wards and such. There are also many prophets of doom wandering about, predicting imminent destruction.

Day of Mortality - Stories are told of mortality (e.g., heroes who died pursuing their goals), bland meals, and contemplations on life. A more spiritual day than most. Usually involves a temple trip and observations at home, almost never with guests.

The Fall of Sethil - A memorial to the fall of the capital of Nerath in the year 429. This is a public day, remembering the glory of Nerath and its power. Consists of public observances, calls for peace, and remembrances of old empires. Many, many speeches are made, and a lot of public policy is announced on this day.

Feast of the Gods - This day celebrates the entire pantheon of gods. Nearly everyone sacrifices to at least one god this day, and the devout make their obeisances to the many minor gods, so that none will be forgotten. There are many stories of minor gods who were never honored on the Feast day, and got their revenge.

Traditionally, markets see a huge increase in food purchases for a couple days before, and have many Feast sales. The day itself consists of large feasts at various homes, in addition to temple visits - 90% of people visit at least one shrine/temple and at least one feast.

Obeisance to Pelor - Lots of games and challenges to prove one's strength and endurance. Rope pulls, singing contests, drinking contests, etc. Many of these are put on by temples; in villages by the population itself. A very public holiday; lots of crowds.

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