Cultural holidays in Caldia
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These are the main cultural holidays celebrated in Caldia. only several of the holidays are public holidays, while the others are considered cultural holidays. The seasoned festivals have their roots in the Tenic culture of Caldish, as does the manner of their celebration.
List of cultural holidays
Imbolc, also known as St. Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig), is a Ghaillish traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.Commonly held on 1 February, the holiday is intended to mark the middle of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historians believe its origins are in a pagan festival venerating the god Pád. Following the Sotirianization of Caldia, it was Sotirianized as a festival of Saint Patrick. Pád is thought to have been a Sotirinized as Saint Patrick. The pagan god, and in turn Sotirian saint, is associated with the spring season, fertility, and healing.
Beltane (Lá Bealtaine), also known as some saint's day, is the Ghaillish celebration of May Day. It is most commonly held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.
St. Cuchulain's Day
Lughnasadh, also known as St. Lugh's Day (Lá Fhéile Lú),
St. Ellen's Day
King's Day, more widely known in the Ghaillish Lá an Rí, is the celebration of the monarch's birthday. The current monarch is Kenneth IV and his birthday falls on 11 October. However, if the 11th falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the 12th. The holiday is observed by all public and private employers in Caldia.
Typically, parades are held in cities across the country and are often accompanied by outdoor markets selling monarchist and national paraphernalia. The day is seen as a celebration of the monarchy, which has existed in some capacity since 720 CE. Members of the Royal Family often attend events across the country, serving as representatives of the monarch. A speech is also delivered on the steps of Spálgleann City Hall by the monarch, who is joined by senior members of the Royal Family.
Samhain, also known as St Brendan's Day (Lá Fhéile Bréanainn),
Latreadha, also known as St. Andrew's Day (Lá Fhéile Anndrais), is celebrated on 30 November. The holiday has its earliest roots as a celebration of the ritual slaughter of animals associated with Samhain. It was Sotrianized as St. Andrew's Day during the reign of Ailbe II (993-1042) and was moved to this date, so as to assure enough animals were kept alive for winter.
The origin of the name lies with the Ghaillish Lá tréada, literally meaning "herd day". It is celebrated by large feasts consisting of beef and lamb as well as other traditional Ghaillish food. Celebrations often consist of traditional dress, music, and traditional ceilidh dancing, social event that involves couples dancing in circles or sets.
Wren Day (Lá an Dreoilín), also known as St. Stephen's Day (Lá Fhéile Stiofán), is celebrated on 26 December. The name of the holiday originates from the "hunting" of a fake wren. Once it is captured, it is put on top a decorated pole. In the past, the crowds of mummers would celebrate the wren by dressing up in masks, straw suits, and colorful motley clothing. The groups would form bands and parade through towns and villages performing music. These crowds were also sometimes called wreners.
Modern celebrations consist of Mummers Parades. Local clubs (usually called "Wren Day Associations" - Dreoilín Lá Cumainn) compete in one of four categories: comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades. The groups make elaborate costumes and create movable sets which are used during performances. Large parades take place in the cities of Spálgleann, Invertwinc, and Pennsea while smaller ones occur in other cities and towns throughout the nation.
Lá deiridh (meaning end day), also known as St. Brigid's Day (Lá Fhéile Brigid),