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All Souls Night (New Year's Night, October 31st): The most popular and widely celebrated holiday.
It is primarily the time to honor the dead, as well as mourn for them and accept their passing. There are specific rituals (prayers and burnt sacrifices) and the lighting of bonfires. Candles are also lit outside of every home to guide the way of the dead. Aside from these guidelines and the specific prayers, the details are left to the particular towns.
This also is a day for the elderly, and expressing the wisdom of old age; the elderly often tell stories on this day and have a great part in the proceedings. This makes the night a feast for Naryu, as she is the patron of old age. Yet,  it is primarily a Farore-centered feast, as she's the guardian of spirits, ghosts and the afterlife.


Calan Gaeaf (New Year's Day, November 1st): This is not a very popular holiday. While All Souls Night is very festive, public and sacred, this day is more private and quiet. In most of Hyrule, it is not acknowledged save for perhaps having a rather extravagant breakfast of the good harvest.
In the long past, this day was spent grave sweeping and clearing up any mess made on the previous night, often burning any waste. This process used to be done early in the morning, and afterwards the day was spent doing the most enjoyable work of the new year, mainly work that prepared for winter. Specifically, the first holly wreath was to be put out under the light of the Morning Star, which in the long past was widely known as Hylia's symbol. She is now forgotten, and all the old purposes of the day are abandoned.


Yule/Eventide (Winter Solstice by Year): This holiday is actually respected and participated in just as much as All Soul's Night, but it is not actually recognized fully by all who celebrate it.
The name varies depending upon location. This is celebration is surrounded by the forced relative idleness of winter and is made for reveling in the goods of the season. Bonfires are lit, but number, size and location varies, as in some places the bonfires have a specific purpose, be it material or spiritual, while for other areas the fires are just for fun. The feast is known for its hunting parties, decorating and familial celebration, holly wreaths, a vast variety of winter-related games, including telling ghost stories. If the town or village has a specific tree (or orchard/s) that are important to the people, it is made a part of wassailing. The feast's origins are only the single day of the solstice, but in many towns the feast is extended for two weeks, containing different stages and specific days for specific tasks and rituals. In the larger towns or Hyrule Castle City, wassailing to the king is very popular.
It's essentially a celebration for Din, a reflection on the power of the sun, darkness, life and winter.


Day of Light (Febuary 12th) : This is a pretty well-known and well-celebrated holiday, but it is often celebrated on many other days in February, or is sometimes solely a holiday for family.
This is a very flexible holiday as far as rituals and traditions go. It is a day centered especially around candle-making, baking, planting and poetry. Some towns that do not go wassailing on Yule to their trees or orchards do so during this holiday.
Long long ago it marked the day when Hylia gave her people the gift of fire. Now that Hylia is forgotten, it's a day given to Farore instead.


Springtide (Spring Solstice by year): This holiday is just as popular as All Souls Night, though it's a different type of popularity for different reasons.
The solstice, even though it changes by year, is believed to mark the day that the world was created. The prayers said on this day are strict, but the specifics of the rest of the rituals and the duration of the celebration are left for interpretation. It's primarily a day for play and living in the moment more than reflection. Due to the significance of the day, many couples choose to be wed during the festivities.
It's a day for all three Golden Goddesses.


May Day (May 1): Another well-known holiday, although it's of primary interest in farming villages less than hunting villages or in large towns.
This is a day that captures the utter lack of a contraceptive mentality in Hyrule. There are many different dances that are parts of rituals, as well as other ritually-connected celebrations, all aimed at increasing fertility. Within this holiday, children are established not as side-effects of sex, but as the primary purpose and end of it. This generates a respect for fertility, a respect for children as a gift, both boys and girls. These themes makes the day very socially important. This day is also favorite for newlywed couples, as part of the celebration centers on collecting flowers and buds and making wreaths for their homes. A wreath-making contest is very common almost every place where the holiday is held.
This is a day for all the Golden Goddesses, as Din is the patron of female fertility, Naryu the patron of families, and Farore the patron of male fertility.


Sun Day/Midsummer (Summer Solstice by year): This day has little sacred significance and it's celebration is not as high-priority as most other holidays.
Fires are burnt to chase away summer ghosts, and ghost stories are also told, though far more flippantly than in Yuletide. There are races with old wheels, which along with other old and unneeded material are burnt in the bonfires. On Lake Hylia and other areas with relatively still water, old boats are used to host the bonfires and become part of them themselves. In the areas of Hyrule that experience a rainy season in late spring, this day usually marks the end of that season, making it a very important day. It is additionally important for Lake Hylia due to it attracting many tourists.
This is a celebration for the sun and for Din.



Lammas (August 1st): This holiday is more widely recognized than Midsummer.
Plays are preformed and epics are told on this day, and stories and poems are often composed, if only for fun. This goes on about all day, and ends with a feast of the summer harvest at twilight, usually taking place in the middle of town or up on a hill. It ends with a few bonfires, in which any leftovers or waste are burnt. This is a sacred day for married couples, and it's traditional in most areas in Hyrule for a man to propose on this day.
This is a day dedicated to Naryu, believed to be the day when she gifted men with literacy.



Harvest Home (Autumn Solstice by year): This is a very private holiday, and whether or not it is celebrated at all usually depends on the family or the spiritual leaders of the villages.
It's a day of brief respite from the ongoing harvest. This isn't a very festive day, and is primarily focused on the woods, home and hearth. No rituals are preformed, but the spiritual leaders are expected to give often personalized speeches upon balance. In the plains, families will often go out during the day to scatter small offerings amongst their fields, around where their animals graze and sleep, and around their home. On this day, the first preparations for All Souls Night begin.
It really has no particular focus on any goddess. The families and towns usually select a different goddess and different specific theme each year.
This is more or less official, but I might add smaller holidays over the next year or so. If there's anything you think seems meh or should be added or edited or changed or whatnot, please let me know. I want to know! :D
Less than a month until the Prologue of this Fic comes out!

Pictures and work regarding this fic, a three year project:
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SuperheroGeek13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All of these sound legitimate for a place like Hyrule. My, they do seems to be lighting a lot of bonfires through out the year. :XD: Though that makes sense when so many holidays take place in the colder seasons.
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   General Artist
Good, thanks! :D
Yeah, they kinda do, don't they? But it's such a social thing, and I think sometimes they use the "bonfires" to do smaller fires and just use those to cook on and then just for burning and cooking later. It's very convenient in lots of different ways to have such a thing be part of the center of most celebrations, because ANYONE can do it :nod: ...Plus, bonfires just kept popping up when I searched the holidays I based these off of. So, not all my idea!
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SuperheroGeek13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
I do wish there were more occasions to light bonfires nowadays. :giggle:
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   General Artist
I agree!
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CecilyRoseMidnight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is pretty nice. :D I've noticed a lot of these are like wiccan/celtic holidays. All Souls Night = Samhain, Day of Light is kinda like Imbolc? May Day is BELTANE XD, and I can't remember any others to reference. LOL.

Either way, this is pretty nice. :D
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! Oh, I'm happy you noticed that :D I went back and looked at the traditional Celtic holidays; I'm not really going to include Wiccan or Neopagan takes on them, more of how things were in the past (which means more research, but it'll be worth it.)
Yeah, the Day of Light was modeled after Imbolc, May Day is really an alternate name for Beltane, and also Lughnasadh is Lammas; Lammas is the English correlation to Lughnasadh. And so on. I've been getting a nice connection between pagan and Christian Celtic culture to Hyrule, so I thought that including their holidays might be a good touch :)

Thanks again! :D
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CecilyRoseMidnight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE reading about anything Celtic, so when I noticed this, I loved it. :D
I bet researching is loads of fun! I'm guessing this is for a fanfiction? Sounds cool. I personally am writing multiple fanfictions, and I'm always excited to see other peoples work as well. ;)

Your welcome! :D You did a great job with the holidays! :D
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
That's great! I'm also really interested in their culture, even though I've only really just started to learn more about it :nod:

Uh huh! Oh, yes it is, thanks! It's a three-year fan fiction project, one chapter (split into three parts at most) a month, that I'll be starting come this Halloween ^^ It's got to have a lot of cultural depth to it for me to keep interest for myself and others for that long.
Me too! I'll have to check out yours soon ^^

Thanks! I only hope I can improve on them :)
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CecilyRoseMidnight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here! XD

Woot! :D
If you wanted to check out my fanfictions, I have two chapters of one up here, but all the others on fanfiction.net. :p

Well, if they are this good, I can't wait to see how much better they can get! XD
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TheSilentLamb Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Oh my gosh--you are so creative. I love all of these, and kinda wished I lived in this place.
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
Don't give me too much credit! Almost all the stuff here is taken from Celtic holidays (Irish, Welsh, English) down to a couple of the names ^^; But it was fun to put these together.
You want to live here? Good! That's how you're supposed to feel about Hyrule! :D I will make you care about it! I wiiiiill!
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TheSilentLamb Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I'm excited to read this fic, even though I know virtually nothing of Legend of Zelda. So much detail is going into this, it's pretty cool.
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
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