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Countless holidays and festivals are celebrated throughout Golarion. They commemorate a famous occurrence in local history, honor a god or goddess, celebrate a change in seasons, or are so incredibly old that everyone has forgotten their origin. Below is a short listing of the most famous festivals organized by the month of the year in which they occur. Some happen on a specific calendar day each year, while others are a bit more flexible. If the holiday is only celebrated in a certain part of the world, or dedicated to a particular deity, that is listed as well in brackets. If there is no geographical indicator, it means that it is observed more widely.[1]

Abadius

First New Moon

Eternal Kiss (Zon-Kuthon)
This 11-day festival culminates on the first new moon of the new year. It involves soothsaying using the entrails of a sacrificial victim.[2]

Full Moon

Longnight
All-night festival in which revelers defy the darkness of winter and stay up to greet the dawn.[3] In chilly Irrisen, entire communities gather for annual dances on this night.[4]

1

New Year
Foundation Day (Absalom)
A civil holiday celebrating the foundation of the city by the god Aroden.[3]
Pjallarane Day (Irrisen)
This Irrisen New Year celebration commemorates the one-day rebellion launched by Queen Pjallarane against her mother, Baba Yaga.[5]

6

Vault Day (Abadar)

20

Ruby Prince's Birthday (Osirion)
A national holiday in honor of the birthday of Khemet III, the Ruby Prince.[3]

Calistril

2

Merrymead (Druma, Cayden Cailean)
During this holiday in celebration of the approaching Spring, the previous year's alcohol is consumed.[3]

16

King Eodred II's Birthday (Korvosa)
A probably now defunct holiday honoring King Eodred (given the King's death in 4708 AR) on the occasion of his birthday.[6]

19

Loyalty Day (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
This national holiday commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Egorian which ended Cheliax's civil war and installed the diabolic House Thrune on the throne.[3][7]

29

Leap Day
Every eight years an extra day is added to the end of the month of Calistril, in order to keep calendars accurate. The next leap year will take place in 4720 AR.[3]
Fateless Day
Followers of Mahathallah mark each leap day as Fateless Day, when the River of Souls temporarily stops and souls can escape Pharasma's judgment. They perform many sacrificial and suicidal rituals on Fateless Day.[8]

Last Oathday

Batul al-Alim (Qadira)
This holiday commemorates the birth of the romantic Qadiran poet Batul al-Alim.[3]

Pharast

First Sunday

Golemwalk Parade (Magnimar, Varisia)
A parade of golems made by amateurs hoping to win a monetary grant from the Golemworks. At the end of the parade, the constructs are judged. [9]

1-15

Vernal Carpentry Court (Andoran)

5

Day of Bones (Pharasma)
Priests and worshipers of the Lady of Graves parade the bodies of the recently dead on this holiday, holding free burials afterwards.[3]

6

Sable Company Founding Day (Korvosa)
A military holiday marked by parades, celebrating the founding of the Sable Company in 4409 AR.[10][6]

7

Night of Tears (Solku)
A solemn vigil commemorating those lost in the Battle of Red Hail in 4701 AR.[11]

13

Kaliashahrim (Qadira)
This national holiday celebrates the Padishah Emperor and Qadira's allegiance to him.[3]

26

Conquest Day (Nex)
A national holiday in which citizens of Nex renew their pledge to conquer their eternal enemy, Geb.[3]

Vernal Equinox

Days of Wrath (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
Contests and blood sports are held to honor and elevate those who are superior.[7]
Firstbloom (Gozreh)
Fertility dances celebrate the coming of spring.[3]
Planting Week (Erastil)
This holy week to the god Erastil is a time of heavy work in the fields for farmers.[3]

Gozran

7

Currentseve (Gozreh)
On this religious holiday, all who travel on the water make offerings to Gozreh in the hopes of safe passage for the coming year.[3]

15

Taxfest (Abadar)
Priests of the god accompany tax collectors on this holiday. After completing their duties, the church sponsors large (and free) public celebrations to help mend relations with common folk.[3]

16-30

Wrights of Augustana (Andoran)
This local festival in the Andoran port city of Augustana is held to honor and celebrate the local shipbuilding industry as well as the navy.[3]

Desnus

Full Moon

Remembrance Moon (Iomedae, Lastwall, Ustalav)
A national holiday to commemorate those who died in the Shining Crusade against the Whispering Tyrant.[3] Although not strictly a religious holiday, Iomedae's name is heavily invoked, due to her many military accomplishments during the war.[12]

2

Ascendance Night (Norgorber)
Day marking the apotheosis of the Reaper of Reputation.[3]

13

Old-Mage Day (Nantambu, Mwangi Expanse)
Holiday celebrating Old-Mage Jatembe, the father of Garundi magic.[3]

31

Angel Day (Magnimar, Varisia)
A day of masquerades acting as a celebration to the Empyreal Lords[9]

Last Sunday

Goblin Flea Market (Andoran)
A market day that focuses on unusual crafts and offers games to children who dress up for the occasion.[3]
Breaching Festival (Korvosa)
Yearly festival in which contestants try to break through the magical wards protecting the Academae.[13]

Sarenith

3

Day of Destiny Festival (Korvosa)
This day celebrates the day the emperor of Cheliax signed the charter for the founding of the city of Korvosa.[6]
Liberty Day (Andoran)
Holiday celebrating Andoran's independence.[3]

10

Burning Blades (Sarenrae)
The holy, month-long festival ends on this day, featuring dances with flaming blades.[3]

21

Talon Tag (Andoran)
The Eagle Knights perform aerial displays in Almas on this day.[3]

22

Riverwind Festival (Korvosa)
An early summer holiday that honors a cooling shift in the winds, celebrated with much drinking.[6]

Last Sunday

Goblin Flea Market (Andoran)

Summer Solstice

Days of Wrath (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
Contests and blood sports are held to honor and elevate those who are superior.[7]
Ritual of Stardust (Desna)
Festival held in the evening and through the night, where Desna's faithful sing songs and throw sand and powdered gems into bonfires.[3]
Sunwrought Festival (Sarenrae)
Day commemorating the defeat of Rovagug by Sarenrae, celebrated with the flying of kites, fireworks, and gift giving.[3]

Erastus

3

Archer's Day or Archerfeast (Erastil)
Holy day celebrated with archery contests, bartering for livestock, and the courting of women.[3]

14

Founding Festival (Korvosa)
An all-night party filled with fireworks and alcohol commemorating the founding of the city in 4407 AR.[6]

17

Burning Night (Razmiran)
Items or people who have transgressed against the god-king of Razmiran are burned on this day.[3]

15-21

Kianidi Festival (Garundi)
Celebration where tribal ties are honored and stories of travels are shared.[3]

Last Sunday

Goblin Flea Market (Andoran)

Arodus

1

Inheritor's Ascendance (Iomedae)[14]

6

First Crusader Day (Mendev)
Holiday in celebration of the continuing crusade against the demons of the Worldwound.[3]

9

Day of Silenced Whispers (Ustalav)
Holiday celebrating the defeat of the Whispering Tyrant and the freeing of Ustalav.[3]

10

Founding Day (Ilsurian, Varisia)
Festival celebrating the founding by Ilsur of the town of Ilsurian in 4631 AR.[15]

16

Armasse (Aroden, Iomedae)
Holy day where commoners are trained to fight and historical tales are told with the hope that someone will learn from them.[3]

31

Saint Alika's Birthday (Korvosa)
Quiet holiday honoring the birth of Saint Alika the Martyr.[6]

Last Sunday

Silverglazer Sunday (Andoran)
Two-part fishing festival celebrated with swimming contests and enormous puppets.[3]

Rova

Early Autumn

First Brewing (Cayden Cailean)
The date of this religious holiday changes from year to year, but usually occurs about a month after the harvest of crops used for alcoholic beverages. Cayden's priests use this holiday to bless the harvest and reflect on the hard work of the Accidental God's devotees.[16]

First Sunday

Silverglazer Sunday (Andoran)
Second part of a two-part festival (see above).[3]

Second Oathday

Signing Day (Andoran, Cheliax, Galt, Isger)
Festival marking the day these nations gained their independence from Taldor.[3]

First Wealday

Crabfest (Korvosa)
Fall is crab season on Conqueror's Bay, and this feast day is filled with the eating of them.[6]

6

Start of Classes (Acadamae, Arcanamirium, College of Mysteries, Clockwork Cathedral)

16-30

Autumnal Carpentry Court (Andoran)

19

Day of the Inheritor (Iomedae)
Holiday commemorating the church of Iomedae's adoption of the forlorn faithful of the dead god Aroden into their midst.[3]

26

Feast of Szurpade (Irrisen)
This "celebration of plenty" festival mocks the traditional harvest festivals celebrated in the region before Baba Yaga and her eternal winter descended upon the land.[5]

29

Day of Sundering (Ydersius)
Once many holidays were celebrated by the faith of Ydersius, but today only this date has much significance.[17]

Autumnal Equinox

Days of Wrath (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
Contests and blood sports are held to honor and elevate those who are superior.[7]
Swallowtail Festival (Desna)
Holiday celebrated with storytelling, feasting, and the release of butterflies.[3]

Lamashan

Second Moonday

Harvest Feast
Harvest celebration marking the end of many agricultural activities with the coming of winter.[3]

Full Moon

Admani Upastuti (Jalmeray, Vudra)
Holiday marking the founding of Jalmeray.[3]

6

Ascendance Day (Iomedae)
Holiday marking the ascension of the goddess Iomedae after taking the Test of the Starstone.[3]

19-20

Bastion Day (Solku)
A festival honoring the founding of the town of Solku.[11]

27

Jestercap (Andoran, Druma, Taldor)
Holiday marked by the playing of many practical jokes;

particularly popular among gnomes.[3]

30

Allbirth (Lamashtu)
Festival of the Witch (Irrisen)
Festival celebrating witchcraft and the central part it plays in Irriseni culture.[5]

Neth

5

Independence Day (Galt)
Marks the beginning of the Red Revolution.[3]

8

Abjurant Day (Nethys)
Day of communal strengthening of defenses and the teaching of magic to children.[3]

13

Great Fire Remembrance (Korvosa)
Holiday commemorates the dead of the Great Fire of 4429 AR.[6]

14

Even-Tongued Day (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
Day that celebrates when Andoran, Galt, and Isger were put under Chelish control.[7]

18

Evoking Day (Nethys)
Holiday marked by displays of fireworks and magical duels (both mock and real).[3]

23

Seven Veils
Celebration of the unity of all races, commemorated by multi-species masquerade balls.[3]

24-30

Baptism of Ice (Irrisen)
A fertility festival where the children born in the previous year are paraded through the towns.[5]

28

Transmutatum (Nethys)
Festival promoting self-improvement.[3]

Kuthona

Second Week (Sunday to Starday)

Winter Week
Traditional feast; time for courting and spending time with friends.

7

Pseudodragon Festival (Korvosa)
Holiday marking the return of the wild pseudodragons to Conqueror's Bay.[6]

11

Ascension Day (Cayden Cailean)
Holiday celebrating Cayden's divine ascension after taking the Test of the Starstone.[3]

31

Night of the Pale
Night of morbid revelry, as people wait indoors for the ghosts of last year's dead to pass by their homes.
The Final Day (Groetus)
Cultists of Groetus perform an hour's silence at dusk on the last day of the year seeking guidance from their god about the End Time.[18]

Winter Solstice

Crystalhue (Shelyn)
Holiday marked by the creation of artistic works, and the start of romantic courtships.[3]
Days of Wrath (Cheliax, Asmodeus)
Contests and blood sports are held to honor and elevate those who are superior.[7]
Ritual of Stardust (Desna)
Bi-annual festival held on the solstices, where the faithful of Desna sing songs through the night around bonfires.[3]

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