Daggerfall:Holidays

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There are many, varied holidays celebrated by the people of the Iliac Bay region in Daggerfall, ranging from joyous festivals to solemn remembrances. Detailed below is a list of when they are, what advantages they offer, and on which days the Daedra Princes will allow you to summon them.

The information here comes from a variety of sources, and as such may be incomplete or inaccurate. The descriptions of each holiday were extracted from the TEXT.RSC file in the ARENA2 directory. Additionally, several of the days listed below are collected in the book Holidays of the Iliac Bay. However, not all of these appear in the final release.

You may alternatively see the complete Calendar. Or, if you are interested in the artifacts listed below, take a look at the Artifact List, listing the 23 known artifacts along with descriptions, statistics and pictures.

Morning Star[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Morning Star 1st New Life Festival Today the people of (city name) are having the New Life Festival in celebration of a new year. The Emperor has ordered yet another tax increase in his New Life Address, and there is much grumbling about this. Still, despite financial difficulties, the New Life tradition of free ale at all the taverns in the (city type) continues. The people of (city name) certainly know how to hold a celebration.

Summoning day

Clavicus Vile Masque of Clavicus
Morning Star 2nd Scour Day Scour Day is a celebration held in most High Rock villages on the day after New Life. It was once the day one cleans up after New Life, but has changed into a party of its own.
Morning Star 12th Ovank'a Ovank'a is the day the people of the Alik'r Desert offer prayers to Stendarr in the hopes of a mild and merciful year. It is considered very holy.
Morning Star 13th ? Summoning day Meridia Ring of Khajiiti
Morning Star 15th South Wind's Prayer The 15th of Morning Star is a holiday taken very seriously in (city name), where they call it South Wind's Prayer, a plea by all the religions of Tamriel for a good planting season. Citizens with every affliction known in Tamriel flock to services in the (city type)'s temples, as the clergy is known to perform free healings [sic] on this day. Only a few will be judged worthy of this service, but few can afford the temples usual price...
Morning Star 16th Day of Lights The Day of Lights is celebrated as a holy day by most villages in Hammerfell on the Iliac Bay. It is a prayer for a good farming and fishing year, and is taken very seriously.
Morning Star 18th Waking Day The people in Yeorth Burrowland invented Waking Day in prehistoric times to wake the spirits of nature after a long, cold winter. It has evolved into a sort of orgiastic celebration of the end of winter.

Sun's Dawn[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Sun's Dawn 2nd Mad Pelagius Mad Pelagius is a silly little tradition in High Rock in a mock memorial to Pelagius Septim II [sic], one of the maddest emperors in recent history. He died about 350 years ago, so the Septims since have taken it with good humor.

Summoning day

Sheogorath Wabbajack
Sun's Dawn 5th Othroktide The people of Dwynnen have a huge party to celebrate Othroktide, the day when Baron Othrok took Dwynnen from the undead forces who claimed it in the Battle of Wightmoor.
Sun's Dawn 8th Day of Release The people of Glenumbra Moors may be the only people to remember or care about the battle between Aiden Direnni and the Alessian Army in the first era [sic]. They celebrate it vigorously on the Day of Release.
Sun's Dawn 16th Heart's Day Today is the 16th of Sun's Dawn, a holiday celebrated all over Tamriel as Heart's Day. It seems that in every house, the Legend of the Lovers is being sung for the younger generation. In honor of these Lovers, Polydor and Eloisa, the inns of the (city type) offer a free room for visitors. If such kindness had been given the Lovers, it is said, it would always be springtime in the world.

Summoning day

Sanguine Sanguine Rose
Sun's Dawn 27th Perseverance Day Perserverance Day is quite a party in Ykalon. It was originally held as a solemn memorial to those killed in battle, resisting the Camaron Usurper [sic], but has since become a boisterous festival.
Sun's Dawn 28th Aduros Nau The villages in the Bantha[1] celebrate the baser urges that come with Springtide on Aduros Nau. The traditions vary from village to village, but none of them are for the overly virtuous.

First Seed[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
First Seed 5th ? Summoning day Hermaeus Mora Oghma Infinium
First Seed 7th First Planting On the 7th of First Seed every year, the people of (city name) celebrat [sic] First Planting, symbolically sowing the seeds for the autumn harvest. It is a festival of fresh beginnings, both for the crops and for the men and women of the (city type). Neighbors are reconciled in their disputes, resolutions are formed, bad habits dropped, the diseased cured. The clerics at the temples run a free clinic all day long to cure people of poisoning, different diseases, paralyzation, and the other banes found in the world of Tamriel.
First Seed 9th Day of Waiting The Day of Waiting is a very old holy day among certain settlements in the Dragontail Mountains. Every year at that time, a dragon is supposed to come out of the desert and devour the wicked, so everyone locks himself up inside.
First Seed 21st Hogithum Summoning day Azura Azura's Star
First Seed 25th Flower Day Flower Day is another of the frivolous celebrations of High Rock. Children pick the new flowers of spring while older Bretons, cooped up all winter, come out to welcome the season with dancing and singing.
First Seed 26th Festival of Blades During the Festival of Blades, the people of the Alik'r Desert celebrate the victor [sic] of the first Redguard over a race of giant goblins. The story is considered a myth by most scholars, but the holiday is still very popular in the desert.

Rain's Hand[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Rain's Hand 1st Gardtide On Gardtide, the people of Tamarilyn Point[1] hold a festival to honor Druagaa, the old goddess of flowers. Worship of the goddess is all but dead, but the celebration is always a great success.
Rain's Hand 9th ? Summoning day Peryite Spell Breaker
Rain's Hand 13th Day of the Dead The Day of the Dead is one of the more peculiar holidays of Daggerfall. The superstitious say that the dead rise on this holiday to wreak vengeance on the living. It is a fact that King Lysandus' spectre began its haunting on the Day of the Dead, 3E 404.
Rain's Hand 20th Day of Shame All along the seaside of Hammerfell, no one leaves their houses on the Day of Shame. It is said that the Crimson Ship, a vessel filled with victims of the Knahaten Plague who were refused refuge hundreds of years ago, will return on this day.
Rain's Hand 28th Jester's Day Be warned that today is Jester's Day in the (city type) of (city name), and pranks are being set up from one end of town to the other. It is as if a spell has been cast over the community, for even the most taciturn and dignified councilman might attempt to play a joke on his (ruler's title). The Thieves Guild finds particular attention as everyone looks for pickpockets in particular.

Second Seed[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Second Seed 7th Second Planting The celebration of Second Planting is in full glory this day. It is a holiday with traditions similar to First Planting, improvements on the first seeding symbolically to suggest improvements on the soul. The free clinics of the temples are open for the second and last time this year, offering cures for those suffering from any kind of disease or affliction. Because peace and not conflict is stressed at this time, battle injuries are healed only at full price.
Second Seed 9th Marukh's Day Marukh's Day is only observed by certain communities in Skeffington Wood[1]. By comparing themselves to the virtuous prophet Marukh, the people of Skeffington Wood pray for the strength to resist temptation.

Summoning day

Namira Namira's Ring
Second Seed 20th Fire Festival The Fire Festival in Northmoor is one of the most attended celebrations in High Rock. It began as a pompous display of magic and military strength in ancient days and has become quite a festival.
Second Seed 30th Fishing Day Fishing Day is a big celebration for the Bretons who live off the bounty of the Iliac Bay. They are not a usually flamboyant people, but on Fishing Day, they make so much noise, fish have been scared away for weeks.

Mid Year[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Mid Year 1st Drigh R'Zimb The festival of Drigh R'Zimb, held in the hottest time of year in Abibon-Gora, is a jubilation held for the sun Daibethe itself. Scholars do not know how long Drigh R'Zimb has been held, but it is possible the Redguards brought the festival with them when they came in the first era.
Mid Year 5th ? Summoning day Hircine, witches only Hircine's Ring
Mid Year 16th Mid Year Celebration Today is the 16th of Mid Year, the traditional day for the Mid Year Celebration. Perhaps to alleviate the annual news of the Emperor's latest tax increase, the (city type) temples offer blessings for only half the donation they usually suggest. Many so blessed feel confident enough to enter the (province name) dungeons when they are not fully prepared, so this joyous festival has often been known to turn suddenly into a day of defeat and tragedy.
Mid Year 23rd Dancing Day Dancing Day is a time-honored holiday in Daggerfall. Who started it is questionable, but the Red Prince Atryck popularized it in the second era [sic]. It is an occasion of great pomp and merriment for all the people of Daggerfall, from the nobles down.
Mid Year 24th Tibedetha Tibedetha is middle Tamrielic for "Tibers Day." It is not surprising that the lorddom of Alcaire celebrates its most famous native with a great party. Historically, Tiber Septim never returned once to his beloved birthplace.

Sun's Height[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Sun's Height 10th Merchants' Festival The bargain shoppers of the known world are out in force today and it is little wonder, for the 10th of Sun's Height is a holiday called the Merchants' Festival. Every marketplace and equipment store has dropped their prices to at least half. The only shop not being patronized today is the Mages Guild, where prices are as exorbitant as usual. Most citizens in need of a magical item are waiting two months for the celebration of Tales and Tallows when prices will be more reasonable...

Summoning day

Vaernima Skull of Corruption
Sun's Height 12th Divat Etep't During Divat Etep't, the people of Antiphyllos mourn the death of one of the greatest of the early Redguard heroes, Divat [sic], son of Frandar of the Hel Ansei. His deeds are questioned by historians, but his tomb in Antiphyllos is almost certainly genuine.
Sun's Height 20th Sun's Rest You will have to wait until tomorrow if you are planning on making any equipment purchases, for all stores are closed in observance of Sun's Rest. Of course, the temples, taverns, and Mages Guild in the (city type) are still open their regular hours, but most citizens chose to devote this day to relaxation, not commerce or prayer. This is not a convenient arrangement for all, but the Merchants' Guild heavily fines any shop that stays open, so everyone complies.
Sun's Height 29th Fiery Night Few besides the natives of the Alik'r Desert would venture out on the hottest day of the year, Fiery Night. It's a lively celebration with a meaning lost in antiquity.

Last Seed[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Last Seed 2nd Maiden Katrica On the day of Maiden Katrica, the people of Ayasofya show their appreciation for the warrior that saved their county with the biggest party of the year.
Last Seed 11th Koomu Alazer'i Koomu Alezer'i means simply "We Acknowledge" in old Redguard, and it has been a tradition in Sentinel for thousands of years. No matter the harvest, the people of Sentinel solemnly thank the gods for their bounty, and pray to be worthy of the graces of the gods.
Last Seed 14th Feast of the Tiger The Feast of the Tiger in the Bantha[1] rainforest is like other holidays in praise of a bountiful harvest. It is not, however, a solemn occasion for introspection and thanksgiving, but a great celebration and festival from village to village.
Last Seed 21st Appreciation Day Appreciation Day in Anticlere is an ancient holiday of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest for the people of Anticlere. It is considered a holy and contemplative day, devoted to Mara, the goddess-protector of Anticlere.
Last Seed 27th Harvest's End Perhaps no other festival fires the spirit of (city name) as much as the one held today, Harvest's End. The work of the year is over, the seeding, sowing, and reaping. Now is the time to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and even visitors to (region name) are invited to join the farmers. The taverns offer free drinks all day long, an extravagance before the economy of the coming winter months. Underfed farm hands gorging themselves and then getting sick in the town square are the most common sights of the celebration of Harvest's End.

Hearth Fire[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Hearth Fire 3rd Tales and Tallows No other holiday divides the people of (city name) like the 3rd of Hearth Fire. A few of the oldest, more superstitious men and women do not speak all day long for fear that the evil spirits of the dead will enter their bodies. Most citizens enjoy the holiday, calling it Tales and Tallows, but even the most lighthearted avoid the dark streets of (city name), for everyone knows the dead do walk tonight. Only the Mages Guild completely thrives on this day. In celebration of the oldest magical science, necromancy, all magical items are half price today.
Hearth Fire 6th Khurat Every town and fellowship in the Wrothgarian Mountains celebrates Khurat, the day when the finest young scholars are accepted into the various priesthoods. Even those people without children of age go to pray for the wisdom and benevolence of the clergy.
Hearth Fire 8th ? Summoning day Nocturnal[2] Skeleton's Key
Hearth Fire 12th Riglametha Riglametha is celebrated on the twelfth of Hearth Fire every year in Lainlyn as a celebration of Lainlyns [sic] many blessings. Pageants are held on such themes as the Ghraewaj, when the daedra worshippers in Lainlyn were changed to harpies for their blasphemy.
Hearth Fire 19th Children's Day Children's Day in Betony is a festive occasion with a grim history. All know though few choose to recall that Children's Day began as a memorial to the dozens of children in Betony who were stolen from their homes by vampires one night never to be seen again. This happened over a hundred years ago, and the holiday has since become a celebration of youth.

Frost Fall[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Frost Fall 5th Dirij Tereur The fifth of Frost Fall marks Dirij Tereur for the people of the Alik'r Desert. It is a sacred day honoring Frandar Hund [sic], the traditional spiritual leader of the Redguards who led them to Hammerfell in the first era. Stories are read from Hund's Book of Circles[3], and the temples in the region are filled to capacity.
Frost Fall 8th ? Summoning day Malacath Volendrung
Frost Fall 13th Witches Festival Today is the 13th of Frostfall [sic], known throughout Tamriel as the Witches' Festival when the forces of sorcery and religion clash. The Mages Guild gets most of the business since weapons and items are evaluated for their mystic potential free of charge and magic spells are one half their usual price. Demonologists, conjurors [sic], lamias, warlocks, and thaumaturgists meet in the wilderness outside (city name), and the creatures created or summoned there may plague Tamriel for eons. Most wise men choose not to wander this night.

Summoning day

Mephala Ebony Blade
Frost Fall 23rd Broken Diamonds On the 23rd of Frost Fall in the 121st year of the first era, the empress Kintyra Septim II met her death in the imperial dungeons in Glenpoint on the orders of her cousin and usurper Cephorus I. Her death is remembered in Glenpoint as the day called Broken Diamonds. It is a day of silent prayer for the wisdom and benevolence of the imperial family of Tamriel.
Frost Fall 30th Emperor's Day Once the 30th of Frostfall [sic], the Emperor's Birthday, was the most popular holiday of the year. Great traveling carnivals entertained the masses, while the aristocracy of (city name) enjoyed the annual Goblin Chase on horseback. Recently, these traditions have fallen into neglect. It has been decades since there was a big carnival in (city name) and longer still since a (ruler's title) of the (city type) sponsered [sic] a Goblin Chase.

Sun's Dusk[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Sun's Dusk 2nd Gauntlet Summoning day Boethiah Ebony Mail
Sun's Dusk 3rd Serpent's Dance The Serpents [sic] Dance in Satakalaam may or may not have begun as a serious religious holiday dedicated to a snake god, but in this day, it is a reason for a great street festival.
Sun's Dusk 8th Moon Festival On the 8th of Suns [sic] Dusk, the Bretons of Glenumbra Moors hold the Moon Festival, a joyous holiday in honor of Secunda, goddess of the moon. Although the goddess has no active worshippers, the traditional celebration has continued through the ages as a time of feasting and merriment.
Sun's Dusk 18th Hel Anseilak Hel Anseilak, which means "Communion with the Saints of the Sword" in Old Redguard is the most serious of holy days for the people of Pothago. The ancient way of Hel Ansei is never practiced by modern Redguards, but its rich heritage is remembered and honored on this day.
Sun's Dusk 20th Warriors Festival Today is the 20th of Sun's Dusk, the Warriors Festival in (city name). Most all the local warriors, spellswords, and rogues come to the equipment stores and blacksmiths where all weapons are half price. Unfortunately, the low prices also tempt many an untrained boy to buy his first sword and the normally quiet (city name) streets ring with amateur skirmishes. The (ruler's title) has pardoned most of these ruffians in the past, but has promised to be less merciful this year.

Summoning day

Mehrunes Dagon Mehrunes' Razor

Evening Star[edit]

Date Holiday Name Description Daedra Summoned Artifact
Evening Star 15th North Wind's Prayer Today is the 15th of Evening Star, a holiday reverently observed by the temples as North Wind's Prayer. It is a thanksgiving to the Gods for a good harvest and a mild winter. Some years, like this one, the harvest was not particularly good and the winter unseasonally [sic] harsh in (city name), but as the (ruler's title) is fond of saying, "It could be much worse." The temples offer all their services blessing, curing, healing for half the donation usually requested.
Evening Star 18th Baranth Do Baranth Do is celebrated on the 18th of Evening Star by the Redguards of the Alik'r Desert. Its meaning is "Goodbye to the Beast of Last Year." Pageants featuring demonic representations of the old year are popular, and revelry to honor the new year is everywhere.
Evening Star 20th Chil'a Chil'a, the blessing of the new year in the barony of Kairou, is both a sacred day and a festival. The archpriest and the baroness each consecrate the ashes of the old year in solemn ceremony, then street parades, balls, and tournaments conclude the event.

Summoning day

Molag Bal Mace of Molag Bal
Evening Star 25th Saturalia The New Life festival comes a few days early in Wayrest with Saturalia, traditionally held on the 25th of Evening Star. Originally a holiday for a long forgotten god of debauchery, it has become a time of gift giving, parties, and parading. Visitors are encouraged to participate.
Evening Star 30th Old Life Festival On the last day of the year the Empire celebrates the holiday called Old Life. Many go to the temples to reflect on their past. Some go for more than this, for it is rumored that priests will as the last act of the year perform resurrections on beloved friends and family members free of the usual charge. Worshippers know better than to expect this philanthropy, but they arrive in a macabre procession with the recently deceased nevertheless.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d This region has an internal region number, but does not appear in the game.
  2. ^ A number of in-game sources say that Hearthfire 3rd is the day one may summon Nocturnal, but it is actually Hearthfire 8th
  3. ^ Frandar Hunding's Book of Circles does not exist in this game. It first appears in Elder Scrolls Online.