First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all (both to Tough Travelers and other random visitors to this corner of the blogosphere)!! :)
I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)
This week, we’re exploring HOLIDAYS: because fantasy festivals and feasts are always fun! I just saw an article about holidays in fantasy fiction over at Fantasy Faction, where they expore holidays from a worldbuilding point of view! It’s really interesting. I decided not to include weddings (because they seem to have a bad reputation since George R. R. Martin). There are probably many New Year’s celebrations and random feasts, but I can’t for the life of me remember more than these:
- In Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of The Wind, there’s a week-long holiday in Tarbean called the Winter Pageant, the celebration of the new year. People get their demon masks on and are led through the city streets by the man who dresses up as the demon Encanis. They dance and drink and cause general mayhem, but Encanis is pursued by another man who dresses up as the god Tehlu. On the last day, Encanis gets caught and the new year begins. // Rothfuss also just tweeted that we cannot expect to see Doors of Stone in 2015, so there’s a bummer.
- Christmas in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. I know Christmas isn’t a true Fantasyland holiday but it’s intriguing nevertheless to see it celebrated in a world of magic. As far as I know, it’s Christmas of the non-religious sort for Harry and his friends, but I find it interesting that they don’t have a different kind of celebration only for the wizarding world.
- The Day of Changes in Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I’m totally cheating with this one because it’s listed in the artice. It’s also a day of dancing, celebration, and balls, and the bad guys in the story use that for their nefarious plans. I have to re-read this trilogy (maybe for my re-reads challenge, plus I would really like to review the books on the blog and I can’t do that with such a wonky memory of the plot).
- The Warlord’s Ball in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s a celebration where all the city of Loramendi gathers and dances in the streets (and the second time Madrigal and Akiva meet). The theme of the ball is “come as you aren’t”, meaning that chimaeras with beast aspect don human-faced masks while those of human aspect put on something animal related. Drunken revelry ensues.
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What holidays made it to your list? Who throws the best party in Fantasyland?