The Calendar of Yazadoun

(Modified from “The Calendar of Harptos” in the Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide for Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition)

Most cultures of Nerathi descent follow the Calendar of Yazadoun, named for the long-dead warlock who invented it. The Nerathi year is 365 days long, marked by the passage of Pirol around the sun. The year is divided into twelve months of thirty days, loosely coinciding with the waxing and waning of the moon, and five annual holidays. In lieu of weeks, each month is divided into three tendays, also known as marches. Once every four years, Shieldmeet is added to the Calendar of Yazadoun as a “leap day” immediately following Midsummer night. Particular days of the march or month have no special names. Instead, days of the march are denoted by counting from the beginning of the tenday. For example, “one-day, two-day, three-day,” and so on. Days of the month are noted as numbers followed by the month name. For example, sages might record a date as occurring on “1 Zutwa” or “27 Yuri” or “Midsummer.”

The Calendar of Yazadoun

Month Name Common Name
1 Zagyg Deepwinter
2 Zuriel Wintersbane
3 Haemnathuun Sunrise (Annual holiday: Greengrass)
4 Shax Storms
5 Zutwa Flowers
6 Khaeleth Nearsun (Annual holiday: Midsummer, Quadrennial holiday: Shieldmeet)
7 Solis Highsun
8 Ugar Lowsun
9 Amoth Reaping (Annual holiday: Highharvestide)
10 Leraje Leaffall (Annual holiday: The Feast of the Moon)
11 Yuri Rotting
12 Amaan Nearwinter (Annual holiday: Midwinter)

Seasonal Festivals

Every culture across Pirol has its own special festivals and holidays whose occurrence is governed by the passage of the sun, the moon, or some other event. Five annual festivals and one quadrennial festival are observed in almost every civilized land:

  • Midwinter (Nearwinter 31): Although this holiday is generally known as Midwinter, it is often celebrated under different names. For example, the High Festival of Winter is a feast day used by nobles and monarchs to mark or renew alliances. For commoners in northern climes, Deadwinter Day is a somber day noted mainly as the halfway point of winter, with hard times still to come.
  • Greengrass (Sunrise 31): The start of spring is traditionally a day of peace and rejoicing marked by the display of flowers (even if they need to be grown in a hothouse during the winter months) that are worn or given as sacrifices to the gods who have brought life back to the world.
  • Midsummer (Nearsun 31): The midpoint of summer is a time of feasting and love, marked by dalliances, betrothals, and (traditionally) good weather. Bad weather on this night is seen as a sign of ill fortune to come.
  • Shieldmeet (Nearsun 32): This quadrennial festival follows Midsummer night. It is traditionally a day of open council between the ruled and their rulers, and the renewal of pacts. In addition to theatrical entertainment, many tournaments are held on Shieldmeet, allowing the brave and the foolish to try to prove themselves.
  • Highharvestide (Reaping 31): The autumn harvest is marked by feasting and thanks. Many folk travel in the wake of this festival before the worst of winter’s bite makes the roads and waterways impassable.
  • The Feast of the Moon (Leaffall 31): This holiday celebrates ancestors and the honored dead. During the festival, ancestral tales are recounted, and the stories and myths that bind cultures are taught anew.

The Calendar of Yazadoun

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