Calendar of the Year
Holidays bind the community of Luisant together. They mark the cyclical nature of the seasons and the joys and triumphs of the year, serving as a way to pause and reconnect with each other and remember that there is more to life than brute survival and desperation.
Many holidays center around the making and consumption of food and drink, an essential part of Cappacionne culture. This tradition dates back to the Age of the Feasting King Chiropoler. Holidays in Luisant are celebrated with a communal retreat to the Feasting Grounds and a respite from daily labors.
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Early Spring- Du Fleur, Flower Crown
Celebrated in early spring, this holiday encourages wholesome excess to celebrate the coming of spring.
At the eventide meal of Benalus’ first return, the first general slaked himself with only water, refusing Benalus’ own wine from his own halls. When word reached him, Benalus took the general’s cup from him and filled it with wine from his own. “Wine is the pleasure of temperate men, whilst the bane of fools. For a fool can control his wine no more than he can control his fear. Too much or too little is an undoing. Sip or drought, but drink as you fear for there is no abstinence from terror.”
Late Spring- Effeuiller la Marguerite, Strip The Daisy
Celebrated in late spring, this holiday acts a reminder of God’s presence in all of humankind.
God wished to expand the Meaning of the Word, and thus, created Mankind, which was Form with Meaning.
Early Summer- Lune Croissante, Waxing Moon
Lune Croissante is a time of intentional strengthening chaos. All assumptions are challenged as weakness until proven a strength. All strengths are disregarded if not novel in some way. Flexibility is celebrated in all things. Shame is left out for the wolves to devour.
It is for all the things in the world to be potentially good or evil. The inherent nature of things is to first be good, and then be vulnerable to wickedness. In each human being there is God’s holy truth, and humans are but an emanation of the Lord who is too mighty even for His own world. The vessel determines the shape of its contents, and the world that we occupy is a vessel in which, when God be poured, forms Humanity.
Late Summer- Jour de Flagellation, Day of Flogging
Celebrated in late summer, the Day of Flogging honors restorative punishment and seeks to heal any hurts the community has suffered in the year.
Lo, the Lord doth forgive all who pass under his gaze with heads bowed. He sees his sinful children and knows the story to every stain. Those who seek true absolution need not go away from His glory. Nay, closer to him are those who return from the darkness. Look upon such men and rejoice, but gaze not on his brother who hides from the light. They are the servants of devils and their time will come.
Early Autumn- Jouer de Gorger, Day of Feasting
The feast to end all feasts! In celebration of the coming harvest, families draw together for company as they consume.
A reflection on the heroic acts of the Ordo Croix and giving thanks for freedom from the Feasting King.
Late Autumn- La Toussaint, All Saints
In this season, when the Night rouse to their most lethal for the living, we are driven to take the guise of the dead, finding it all too easy to embody that which the Night has already taken hold of.
Within the world, thus divorced from God, we gain the choice of holiness or profanity. The wound which the world suffered at the hands of the Triumvirate robbed it of some unknowable essential aspect which allows wickedness to be.”
Early Winter- La Plus Longue Nuit, The Longest Night
On this, the darkest and most dangerous night of the year, the community gathers together to ward off creatures of the Night and remind each other that the light will come again.
If a man looks upon Death without fear, he can see then that Death is but a mundane thing, as the thunder or the rain, simply a fact and operation of nature, no more to be feared than the thunder itself. The thunder may evoke fear in a child, without the knowledge of things beyond their sight, and so too may a man act as a child and fear that which is beyond him. Death is then simply the means by which a soul may transcend the stage of events. In death does the soul grow mighty, and wickedness and virtue cease to war. When the soul of a righteous man who obeys the Will of the Lord endures Death, his Virtue washes out all that remains of doubt.
Late Winter- Noblesse Oblige, Nobility Obligates
On this day we commemorate the charity of the nobles past, how they laid foundations for the town, for each family, and still today give rather than hoard.
“When a man fails to see that which is obvious, that all mankind is of a single spirit, that all men are brothers, that horrors of the soul await those who would reject their brothers or believe themselves above. Thus does a man injure himself when he… abuses his duty upon others by making another man serve him without serving him in return…”