The Unionist Holy Calendar is a compilation of the various holidays and periods of the year, divided into four cycles that correspond to the annual seasons. Each period focuses on a specific theme of Unionism that the faithful focus on in their everyday lives, with a monthly holiday which is taken to celebrate the faith. While it is not required for Unionists to shut down businesses for these special occasions, many of them do as a sign of faith to The Everwatcher and the God Emperors/Empresses.
The Spring Period of Ambitions
The first quarter of the Unionist Holy Calendar is the Period of Ambitions. During this season, Unionists undergo activities that are done in preparation for the future. For couples, children are frequently conceived during this time in anticipation of becoming parents by the end of the year. For farmers, crops are planted in preparation for the harvesting season in order to produce enough food to last through the year. For bureaucrats, the annual census is done to plan the government’s future projects appropriately. For the military, troops are sent to army camps to prepare for the year’s campaigns. Alongside this focus on planning, there are several holidays associated with the Spring Period of Ambitions.
- Spring Festival: Taking place during the week around the spring equinox, the Spring Festival ushers in the Period of Ambitions. Unionists hold small festivals to signal the start of the planting season and celebrate the beginning of annual projects. God Emperors Almar and Juvin often prayed to during this festival, as Almar represents the bureaucracy thath conducts the annual census, while Juvin represents the intellectual planning Unionists undergo during this festival.
- Emperor’s Birthday: Taking place on May 22nd, this holiday recognized the birth of the current Regalian Emperor, Alexander I. Unionists often pray to The Everwatcher on this day, offering up their blessings and faith that the Vessel will continue to rule with benevolence and wisdom.
The Summer Period of the Future
The second quarter of the Unionist Holy Calendar is the Period of Ambitions. During this season, Unionists undergo activities thath set into motion the plans made during the Period of Ambitions. For couples expecting a child, the household is organized in preparation forf a new family member. For farmers, constant maintenance of the fields is done to ensure a bountiful harvest will arrive. For bureaucrats, annual government policies are implemented following the tabulation of census data. For the military, troops are deployed to fight in the Empire’s wars, resuming their campaigns with the thawing of winter and reestablishment of logistics. Alongside this focus on carrying out planned work, there are several holidays associated with the Summer Period of the Future.
- Summer Festival: Taking place during the week around the summer solstice, the Summer Festival ushers in the Period of the Future. Unionists hold small festivals to celebrate the start of the campaigning season, which also signals the formal start of the tournament season. God Emperor Allest and God Empress Elia are often prayed to during the festival, as he is the representative God of Conquest, and she carried on his conquests after his death in battle.
- Imperial Day: Taking place during the first week of August, Imperial Day celebrates the fall of the Regalian Kingdom during the Five Family Rebellion, and the formation of the Regalian Emperor on August 3rd, 5 AC. Unionists often hold large celebrations with feasting, tournaments, and parades to mark the occasion. The Everwatcher is prayed to predominantly during this holiday, as the formation of the Empire is seen as the first step towards the Ailor Races taking the Mantle of Creation.
The Autumn Period of Glory
The third quarter of the Unionist Holy Calendar is the Period of Glory. During this season, Unionists undergo activities that celebrate the results of what was undertaken during the first half of the year. For parents, children are often born near the end of the period or into the Period of Reflection. For farmers, the crops are harvested and recorded for next year’s planning. For bureaucrats, the results of government policy are seen, with corrections made to ensure compliance with census data. For the military, troops occupy conquered territory as the Empire begins to subjugate new lands with treaties and diplomatic talks. Alongside the focus on recognizing the gains made during the year, there are several holidays associated with the Autumn Period of Glory.
- Harvest Festival: Taking place during the week around the autumn equinox, the Harvest Festival ushers in the Period of Glory. Unionists hold small festivals to celebrate the start of the harvest season, which involves several festive events revolving around the changing of seasons into the cooler season. God Empress Ness is often prayed to during this festival, as the colder season often causes Unionists to be more forgiving of others, and often do charity work to ensure everyone can get through the winter.
- Remembrance Day: Taking place during the last week of October, Remembrance Day is a holiday in honor of loved ones lost, both in battle and at home. The day usually involves visiting the local cemetery, where gravestones are cleaned and small picnics are enjoyed, while bonfires are lit at night.
- Foundation Day/The Everwatcher Festival: Taking place during the second week of November, Foundation Day celebrated the revelations Emperor Theomar I received in 7 AC from The Everwatcher, which were complied into The Creed. Unionists consider this festival to be one of the most sacred holidays of the year, and prayers are offered to the Everwatcher during the celebrations. This festival period is also a time many pilgrims take the Cloister Trials in the City of Regalia.
The Winter Period of Reflection
The final quarter of the Unionist Holy Calendar is the Period of Reflection. During this season, Unionists undergo activities that reflect back on everything that has happened during the past year. For parents, children go through their first critical months of development which shape the rest of their life. For farmers, celebratory feasts are held from the harvests of the year. For bureaucrats, observations of the year’s government policies are summarized and compared with census data in preparation for future policymaking. For the military, soldiers often return down or reside in winter quarters where they can rest and recover for next year’s campaign. Alongside the focus on recognizing the gains made during the year, there are several holidays associated with the Winter Period of Reflection.
- Wintertide Festival: Taking place during the week around the winter solstice, the Wintertide Festival ushers in the Period of Reflection. Unionists often hold small festivals and feasts around this time, while reflecting back on the previous year. God Emperor Vess is often prayed to during this festival, both due to the merriment the holiday brings, but also because children receive small presents if they were well-behaved for the majority of the previous year.
- New Year Eclipse/Theomar’s Festival: Taking place on January 5th to correspond with the annual Alorian Eclipse, Unionists gather to observe the disappearance of the Sun for a brief moment, before it returns again to herald the new year. As God Emperor Theomar is known as the Sun-Father and God of the Beginning of Everything, he is prayed to predominantly during this festival due to the solar theme.
- Elia’s Festival: Taking place the second week of February, Elia’s Festival is a Love Festival, during which Unionist couples celebrate their partnerships with one another. It is also a popular festival for couples to be engaged at, so that the Sanktism of Harmony may be performed before the Spring Cycle of Ambition begins. As God Empress Elia is the Goddess of Love, she is prayed to frequently during the festival due to the commitment and love she showed to God Emperor Allest in life.