- 1 Months of the Year
- 2 Days of the Week
- 3 Arena Calendar
- 4 Daggerfall Calendar
- 5 Skyrim Calendar
- 6 Holidays
- 6.1 Morning Star
- 6.2 Sun's Dawn
- 6.3 First Seed
- 6.4 Rain's Hand
- 6.5 Second Seed
- 6.6 Mid Year
- 6.7 Sun's Height
- 6.8 Last Seed
- 6.9 Hearth Fire
- 6.10 Frost Fall
- 6.11 Sun's Dusk
- 6.12 Evening Star
- 7 References
Months of the Year
The Tamrielic calendar is composed of twelve distinct months (sometimes called "Seasons"), each approximately thirty days in length. Each month has an associated constellation, which is said to affect the traits of anyone born in that month, and each month corresponds roughly to an equal period of time in the Gregorian calendar. The months — and their real-life equivalents — are measured as follows:
|Morning Star||The Ritual||January||30||†||31||31|
|Sun's Dawn||The Lover||February||30||28||28||28‡|
|First Seed||The Lord||March||30||31||31||31|
|Rain's Hand||The Mage||April||30||30||30||30|
|Second Seed||The Shadow||May||30||31||31||31|
|Sun's Height||The Apprentice||July||30||31||31||31|
|Last Seed||The Warrior||August||30||31||31||31|
|Hearthfire* §||The Lady||September||30||30||30||30|
|Sun's Dusk||The Atronach||November||30||31||30||30|
|Evening Star||The Thief||December||30||31||31||31|
* These three months are variously referred to as one word or two words.
§ Hearthfire is occasionally referred to as Heartfire, the name given to said month in TES:Arena. In Skyrim, "Heart Fire" is used exclusively on the game calendar, although it appears as "Hearth Fire" (as one or two words) in some books.
† Morning Star was not present in Morrowind, most likely omitted by accident.
‡ Except on a leap-year, when it's 29.
Note that the constellation of The Serpent does not correspond to any one month, because The Serpent wanders randomly around the sky.
Days of the Week
A week in the Tamrielic calendar is also, as with the real-life equivalent, measured in seven days. In order, the days are:
The names of the days are mostly different corruptions of the same naming scheme we have on the English calendar, only with the exception of Middas and Loredas. Sundas, Morndas, Tirdas, Turdas and Fredas are respectively different corruptions of Sun, Moon, Tyr, Thor and Frigg, the same as the English calendar. Middas could mean the day at the middle of the week, as traditionally the deities corresponding to Wednesday (Wodanaz (Odin) / Mercury / Hermes) could not possibly be corrupted to form a "mid-" stem. Loredas is most likely taken from the Nordic languages where Saturday is called a "Bath Day" - "lördag", "lørdag," or "laurdag", in place of the Roman God Saturn, as the Vikings had a habit of bathing on Saturday.
This calendar was included with Arena. It is not accurate to that game, since Arena had 30-day months, but rather it is a Tamriel-ified version of the actual 1993 calendar, which was the year the game was intended to be released.
|Daedric Summoning Day (Daggerfall)|
|National Holiday & Daedric Summoning Day|
The actual Arena calendar in the game, however, had 30-day months, and at random you would start the game on Tirdas, either on the first of Morning Star or the first of Heart Fire, even though the days of the week could not line up in such a way that both these days are on a Tirdas in the same year.
Daggerfall's calendar was somewhat different, in that each month had 30 days, and always started on a Sundas. This is what it looks like:
|Daedric Summoning Day (Daggerfall)|
|National Holiday & Daedric Summoning Day|
The Fourth Era of Tamriel counts its first day as the day of Martin Septim's sacrifice to end the Oblivion Crisis. It is unclear as to whether this marks the final day of the Third Era, or the first day of the Fourth Era.
Unlike in Arena and in Daggerfall, no holidays were specifically given. As such this is simply the in game calendar used with Skyrim. Note that while the game will usually start with your first day, the 17th of Last Seed, as Sundas, if you had a game loaded prior to starting your new game, the day of the week will instead be whatever it was in the game that was previously loaded.
- Morning Star 1st
Today the people of provinceName 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 cities continues. The people of provinceName certainly know how to hold a celebration. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Clavicus Vile.
- Morning Star 2nd
- Morning Star 12th
Meridia's Summoning Day
- Morning Star 13th
In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Meridia.
South Winds Prayer
- Morning Star 15th
The 15th of Morning Star is a holiday taken very seriously in provinceName, 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 cities's temples, as the clergy is known to perform free healings on this day. Only some will be judged worthy of this service, but few can afford the temples usual price...
Day of Lights
- Morning Star 16th
- Morning Star 18th
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 2nd
Mad Pelagius is a silly little tradition in High Rock in a mock memorial to Pelagius Septim III, one of the maddest emperors in recent history. He died about 350 years ago, so the Septims since have taken it with good humor. In Daggerfall this is the Summoning Day for Sheogorath.
- Sun's Dawn 5th
Day of Release
- Sun's Dawn 8th
Feast of the Dead
- Sun's Dawn 13th
- Sun's Dawn 16th
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 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. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Sanguine.
- Sun's Dawn 27th
- Sun's Dawn 28th
The villages in the Bantha 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.
Hermaeus Mora's Summoning day
- First Seed 5th
- First Seed 7th
On the 7th of First Seed every year, the people of provinceName celebrate 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. 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, paralysis, and the other banes found in the world of Tamriel.
Day of Waiting
- First Seed 9th
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 themselves up inside.
- First Seed 21st
- First Seed 25th
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.
Festival of Blades
- First Seed 26th
During the Festival of Blades, the people of the Alik'r Desert celebrate the victor 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 1st
On Gardtide, the people of Tamarilyn Point 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.
Peryite's Summoning Day
- Rain's Hand 9th
Day of the Dead
- Rain's Hand 13th
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.
Day of Shame
- Rain's Hand 20th
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
Be warned that today is Jester's Day in the city of provinceName, 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 relative. The Thieves Guild finds particular attention as everyone looks for pickpockets in particular.
- Second Seed 7th
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 is only observed by certain communities in Skeffington Wood. By comparing themselves to the virtuous prophet Marukh, the people of Skeffington Wood pray for the strength to resist temptation. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Namira.
- Second Seed 20th
- Second Seed 30th
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 1st
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.
Hircine's Summoning Day
- Mid Year 5th
Mid Year Celebration
- Mid Year 16th
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 cities temples offer blessings for only half the donation they usually suggest. Many so blessed feel confident enough to enter the (dangerous) 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 is a time-honored holiday in Daggerfall. Who started it is questionable, but the Red Prince Atryck popularized it in the second era. It is an occasion of great pomp and merriment for all the people of Daggerfall, from the nobles down.
- Mid Year 24th
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 10th
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... In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning day for Vaernima.
- Sun's Height 12th
During Divat Etep't, the people of Antiphyllos mourn the death of one of the greatest of the early Redguard heroes, Divat, 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
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) 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
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 2nd
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 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.
Feast of the Tiger
- Last Seed 14th
The Feast of the Tiger in the Bantha 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 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
Perhaps no other festival fires the spirit of cityName 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 regionName 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.
This day in 3E 433 marked the beginning of the Oblivion Crisis.
Tales and Tallows
- Hearth Fire 3rd
No other holiday divides the people of cityName 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 cityName, 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. NOTE: A number of in game sources say this is the day one may summon Nocturnal, but that is actually the 8th — see below.
- Hearth Fire 6th
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.
Nocturnal's Summoning Day
- Hearth Fire 8th
- Hearth Fire 12th
Riglametha is celebrated on the twelfth of Hearth Fire every year in Lainlyn as a celebration of Lainlyns 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 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 5th
The fifth of Frost Fall marks Dirij Tereur for the people of the Alik'r Desert. It is a sacred day honoring Frandar Hund, 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, and the temples in the region are filled to capacity.
Malacath's Summoning Day
- Frost Fall 8th
- Frostfall 13th
Today is the 13th of Frostfall, 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, lamias, warlocks, and thaumaturgists meet in the wilderness outside (the city), and the creatures created or summoned there may plague Tamriel for eons. Most wise men choose not to wander this night. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Mephala.
- Frost Fall 23rd
On the 23rd of Frost Fall in the 121st year of the third era, the empress Kintyra Septim II met her death in the imperial dungeons in Glenpoint on the orders of her cousin and usurper Uriel III. 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. [Editor's note: It is Uriel III who killed Kintyra, not Cephorus. This is a scribe's error in Daggerfall].
- Frostfall 30th
Once the 30th of Frostfall, the Emperor's Birthday, was the most popular holiday of the year. Great traveling carnivals entertained the masses, while the aristocracy of cityName 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 cityName and longer still since a regentTitle of the cityName sponsered a Goblin Chase.
- Sun's Dusk 2nd
- Sun's Dusk 3rd
The Serpents 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
On the 8th of Sun's 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, 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
Today is the 20th of Sun's Dusk, the Warriors Festival in cityName. 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 cityName streets ring with amateur skirmishes. The regentTitle has pardoned most of these ruffians in the past, but has promised to be less merciful this year. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Mehrunes Dagon.
North Winds Prayer
- Evening Star 15th
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 harsh in provinceName, but as the regentTitle 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 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 (1)
- Evening Star 24th (2)
- 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. In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Molag Bal.
- Local Iliac Bay New Year's festival on the 24th of Evening Star. It was probably moved from its original date to correspond with the notion of the year defined in Tamriel.
- Evening Star 25th
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.
Old Life Festival
- Evening Star 30th/31st
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. When ale flows free in all the taverns in all the cities of Tamriel.