Calendar

There are two calendar systems in use in the Oremian Kingdoms; the New Calendar, and the Old Calendar. Most of the Kingdoms, and their provinces, use the New Calendar, but in the more rural areas the Old Calendar is still used. The trend in Galashiel is also going towards the Old Calendar. Both calendars are lunar, and in both there are 12 months of 30 days. The only difference is the way in which they are represented.

Months begin on the new moon, and every month surrounding a full moon, large festivals are held.

1 Moon of the Reborn Sun New Sun Festival
2 Frozen Moon Festival of the Pure Ones
3 Misty Moon Festival of Kyo
4 Frolicking Moon Festival of Aevyrea
5 Flowering Moon Festival of Ysei Festival of Gratitude
6 Moon of the Long Sun Festival of Thesei (Summer Solstice)
7 Dyeing Moon Festival of Colors
8 Burning Moon Bonfire Festival
9 Moon of Plenty Festival of Uber
10 Dreaming Moon Festival of Atski
11 Bloody Moon Festival of the Slaughter Festival of Mercy
12 Moon of the Dieing Sun Festival of the Hearth

The 13th Moon-Due to the Solar year being longer than the Lunar year, every 5 years there is a 13th month called the Dark Moon. Although no public festivals are held this month (most tend to stay inside), some festivals and rituals to dark gods are held in secret.

The Old Calendar

The Old Calendar is comprised of four 7-day weeks divided by an uncounted 2-day period at the full moon. These two days were considered magical. The physical world joined the spirit world at this time and was not counted towards the “time of man”. These two days are the heart of the festivals, and when all religious aspects of the festivals take place, although, most festival activities start a few days before and last until a few days after.

Exe.

First week of waxing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Second week of waxing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
days of full moon f1 f2
First week of waning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Second week of waning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The New Calendar

Orem the Magnificent wanting not only to do away with the magical aspect of the Old Calendar but also wanting a more simple calendar, changed this to a 5 week month. Each week is 6 days long and all festival activities are limited to the 3rd week.

Exe.

first week 1 2 3 4 5 6
second week 7 8 9 10 11 12
festival week 13 14 15 16 17 18
fourth week 19 20 21 22 23 24
fifth week 25 26 27 28 29 30

Calendar

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