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There are many, varied holidays celebrated by the people of Tamriel throughout the year, ranging from joyous festivals to solemn remembrances. The following is a list of known holidays and celebrations.

Morning Star[edit]

New Life Festival[edit]

  • Morning Star 1st

The New Life Festival is a Tamriel-wide event that celebrates the birth of a new year, and celebrates the death of the old year. In contrast to the Old Life Festival, New Life takes place at the beginning of Morning Star. It was originally the celebration of the sun god, Magnus, but over time it changed into a celebration of the gift of New Life, heralded by the sun. The New Life Festival also marks the start of the Winter Solstice, when Magnus the Sun begins his return, and the days start to grow longer. Almost all major races in Tamriel celebrate the New Life Festival in their own unique cultural way, and the celebrations themselves have been known to change over time. Many of the celebrations are symbolic of a historical event or have some form of deeper meaning. Celebrations include races, feasts, games and dancing.

Clavicus Vile's Summoning Day coincides with the New Life Festival, the 1st of Morning Star.

Scour Day[edit]

  • Morning Star 2nd

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.

Ovank'a[edit]

  • Morning Star 12th

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.

Meridia's Summoning Day[edit]

  • Morning Star 13th

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Meridia.

South Winds Prayer[edit]

  • Morning Star 14th[1]/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' 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[edit]

  • Morning Star 16th

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.

A possibly unrelated Festival of Lights is a tradition in the Skyrim city of Dawnstar. Little candies are given out to celebrate.[2]

Waking Day[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Mad Pelagius[edit]

  • 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.

Othroktide[edit]

  • Sun's Dawn 5th

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.

Day of Release[edit]

  • Sun's Dawn 8th

The people of Glenumbra may be the only people to remember or care about the battle between Aiden Direnni and the Alessian Army in the first era. They celebrate it vigorously on the Day of Release.

Feast of the Dead[edit]

  • Sun's Dawn 13th

Celebrated in the Skyrim city of Windhelm. During the feast, the names of the Five Hundred Companions of Ysgramor are recited.[3]

Heart's Day[edit]

  • Sun's Dawn 16th

Heart's Day is a holiday celebrated all over Tamriel on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. In almost 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 various cities offer a free room for visitors. If such kindness had been given these Lovers, it is said, it would always be springtime in the world. Ironically, it is also the Summoning Day for Sanguine, who represents debauchery.

To properly set the mood properly in the bedroom in Honor of Heart's day, flower petals, sweetrolls, and much more are brought in. Each item helps those so inclined fulfill on the day's delightful promise with their partners in the adventure called life. Flowers associated with Dibella are picked for the occasion.

Perserverance Day[edit]

  • Sun's Dawn 27th

Perserverance [sic] Day is quite a party in Ykalon. It was originally held as a solemn memorial to those killed in battle while resisting the Camoran Usurper, but has since become a boisterous festival.

Aduros Nau[edit]

  • 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.

First Seed[edit]

Hermaeus Mora's Summoning Day[edit]

  • First Seed 5th

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Hermaeus Mora.

First Planting[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.

Hogithum[edit]

  • First Seed 21st

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Azura.

Flower Day[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 and their god, Malooc.[4] [5] The story is considered a myth by most scholars, but the holiday is still very popular in the desert. In the Second Era, celebrations included feasting and dismembering effigies.[6]

Rain's Hand[edit]

Gardtide[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Rain's Hand 9th

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Peryite.

Day of the Dead[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.

Jester's Festival[edit]

  • Rain's Hand 28th

The Jester's Festival, also known as Jester's Day, and the Festival of Fools, is an annual holiday that falls on the 28th of Rain's Hand. During the event, troupes of jesters and fools encourage the people of Tamriel of all walks of life to celebrate the foolish and absurd. Performers roam the streets and openly mock the powerful, towns celebrate with festive pranks, and silly games are held with joke prizes rewarded as an incentive. During this time, the Thieves Guild takes advantage of the insanity and strike people's pockets. The origins of the Jester's Festival are speculated, with some stating that it originated with Sheogorath once turning the whole world mad, or it that it sprung from Mer emulating a caricature of Men. Other theories tie it closely to the invention of alcoholic beverages, or Ysgramor teaching Mer humor.

Second Seed[edit]

Second Planting[edit]

  • 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.

Marukh's Day[edit]

  • 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.

Fire Festival[edit]

  • Second Seed 20th

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.

Fishing Day[edit]

  • Second Seed 30th

Fishing Day is a big celebration for the Bretons who live off the bounty of the Iliac Bay. They are not usually a flamboyant people, but on Fishing Day, they make so much noise, fish have been scared away for weeks.

Mid Year[edit]

Pelinal's Midyear Massacre[edit]

  • Unknown Date

Pelinal's Midyear Massacre is an Imperial celebration that dates back to the fall of the Ayleids. Celebrants remember Pelinal Whitestrake's slaughter of the Ayleid forces at Heldon Bridge, a key battle to capturing the Imperial City. During the celebrations, warriors are anointed with a red blood-like substance in honor and mimicry of Pelinal, whose face and hair was said to be covered in the blood of "righteously slaughtered Ayleids". This ritual is said to invigorate warriors and imbued them with righteous power or even grant visions of St. Alessia herself. The celebrations are presided over by the priests of St. Alessia. They are charged with delivering sermons and offering blessings to combatants, who are said to become renowned for their brave deeds in days thereafter.

Drigh R'Zimb[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Mid Year 5th

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Hircine.

Mid Year Celebration[edit]

  • 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.

Dancing Day[edit]

  • 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.

Tibedetha[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Merchants' Festival[edit]

  • 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.

Divad Etep't[edit]

  • 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 Rest[edit]

  • 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.

Fiery Night[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Maiden Katrica[edit]

  • 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.

Koomu Alezer'i[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.

Appreciation Day[edit]

  • 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.

Harvest's End[edit]

  • 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.

Bretons celebrate the Harvest Festival in an attempt to placate Sheor, the Bad Man - the ancient Breton god of crop failure. According to tradition, appeasing the Bad Man will ensure good fortune and a bountiful harvest. Fresh apples and bags of grain are burned on a sacrificial altar in his honor, followed by a feast.[7] This day in 3E 433 marked the beginning of the Oblivion Crisis.

Hearth Fire[edit]

Tales and Tallows[edit]

  • 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. In Daggerfall, this is also the Summoning Day for Nocturnal.


Khurat[edit]

  • 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.

Riglametha[edit]

  • 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.

Children's Day[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Dirij Tereur[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Frost Fall 8th

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Malacath.

Witches Festival[edit]

  • Frostfall 13th

The Witches Festival is an annual holiday that falls on the 13th of Frostfall, coinciding with Mephala's summoning day. During the festival, the denizens of Tamriel defy their superstitious fears. Ghosts, demons, and evil spirits are mocked and celebrated by both occult occurrences and outrageous costumes. Beggars take to the street and ask for alms, while children ask for festival treats, and people are obliged to provide it to them. The youth often engage in wanton vandalism as a part of one of the festival's traditions. Pumpkins are iconic within the Festival. They are carved into hollowjack lanterns, cooked, or smashed for fun. The Undaunted practice a tradition intended to test dexterity known as Autumnal Ornamental Gourd Triple-Toss, wherein they juggle pumpkins. Festival themed foods are intended to look ghastly, with naming schemes fitting the theme. Three examples are Frosted Brains, Bowls of "Peeled Eyeballs", and Bewitched Sugar Skulls.

Broken Diamonds[edit]

  • 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].

Emperor's Day[edit]

  • 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 cityClass sponsered [sic] a Goblin Chase. It is rumored that the Emperor has even begun refusing any audience.

In 4E 171, the Great War began on this day when then-Emperor Titus Mede II rejected a Thalmor ultimatum.

Sun's Dusk[edit]

Gauntlet[edit]

  • Sun's Dusk 2nd

In Daggerfall, this is the Summoning Day for Boethiah.

Serpent's Dance[edit]

  • 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.

Moon Festival[edit]

  • 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.

Hel Anseilak[edit]

  • 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.

Warriors Festival[edit]

  • 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.

Evening Star[edit]

North Winds Prayer[edit]

  • 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 cityName, 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.

Baranth Do[edit]

  • 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.

Chil'a[edit]

  • Evening Star 20th (1)
  • Evening Star 24th (2)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Saturalia[edit]

  • Evening Star 25th

Saturalia is a Breton celebration that heralds the New Life Festival, and is held on the 25th of Evening Star. Originally a holiday for the god of debauchery, it has become a time of gift giving, parties, and parading. Visitors are encouraged to participate.

Among the Khajiit the Saturalia celebration and sharing of gifts is known as Saturalia Baan Dar gift swap.

Saturalia shares many similarities to the New Life Festival. A shared tradition involves decorating evergreen trees with elaborate decorations, and are topped with a shining light ornament on its peak. Evergreen trees are chosen because they are associated with resilience and rebirth. Gift giving is another thing shared, and "giving gifts" are placed under these festive trees. Saturalia trees are used in both Saturalia and the New Life Festival. In both holidays, shades of cerulean are used as the color of clothing for these holidays.

Old Life Festival[edit]

  • Evening Star 30th/31st

The Old Life Festival, sometimes simply called Old Life, is primarily an Imperial holiday and is celebrated throughout the Empire. It falls at the last day of the year, and is a time people write messages of remembrance for their dead loved ones, and may occasionally receive an answer from Aetherius. Old Life pilgrimage shrines can be found throughout Tamriel, from the west in Summerset's Auridon, all the way to the east in Morrowind's Stonefalls. People who are unable to travel to the pilgrimage sites can have a proxy deliver their messages, and if they receive a response, they will know.

During the Third Era in the Septim Empire, the holiday was celebrated by going to the temple to reflect on their past. Some would 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.

The Old Life Festival complements the New Life Festival, and both are considered two sides of the same coin. By acknowledging those that have passed, one can begin to move forward, as the pilgrimage shrines serve as a vessel for letting the departed know the things people held to themselves while they were alive. Those who receive a response from a spirit may feel it is a life-changing experience.

Unspecified Holidays[edit]

Konunleikar[edit]

The Konunleikar was a traditional celebration held in Skyrim on the tenth anniversary of a High King's coronation. It included a lot of events, such as drinking, hunting, fighting and racing contests.

The only known Konunleikar was held in Windhelm in 2E 582, when King Jorunn's tenth anniversary as the Skald-King was celebrated. This Konunleikar was unique, because it was also the tenth anniversary of the formation of Jorunn's Ebonheart Pact. Because of that, an unusually high number of Dunmer and Argonians participated in the celebration, some even working as judges in contests.

Red Parade[edit]

In honor of Saint Pelin's sacrifice at the Bangkorai Garrison, an annual celebration is held where the priest's sacrifice is reenacted.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2920, Morning StarCarlovac Townway
  2. ^ Alhavara's dialogue in TES Travels: Dawnstar.
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: SkyrimImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ Festival of Blades Bowl Item Description from ESO
  5. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  6. ^ The 26th of First Seed is Upon Us! from ESO
  7. ^ Curator Nicholas's dialogue in ESO
  8. ^ The Gray Host: A History Part 1Lord Archibald Laurent, Lordly Explorer