Tales of the Oremian Empire
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.
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.
|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.