In early spring, frost still rimes the window and doors in the morning, but we can feel the promise of a new season in each passing day. Almost imperceptibly, the sun warms, the day lengthens, and the air seems pure and thin as it takes on the scent of freshly turned soil, emerging green, and soft rains. Spring is a time of awakening, of healing and renewal, of the dawning and planting of new ideas. The world seems young and virgin again.Like animals coming out of hibernation, folk find new energy in this season of promise; shedding their heavy coats and dark clothes. The Festival of Seeds is celebrated all over Brittanis as the beginning of the season of regeneration and growth when the newly awakened world is green, new, fresh, and as innocent as the dawn.
This holiday lasts for 4 days, beginning at sunrise on the first day.
Celebrated as a holy day of Liriel in the White Court faith, Sarai for Three Sisters followers.
Seeds are frequently planted in observation of the holiday accompanied by the following saying "In planting I celebrate the reawakening of Aerys from her slumber to the warming light of the returning sun."
This is a time for renewing old friendships and creating new ones
Because the act of plunging hands into moist soil connects all to Aerys fabric with fresh palm prints are often displayed and adorned with flowers. Legend tells that those who display such and light it with a candle the first night often receive a gift from Brittanis to burn away the remaining darkness
Powers fueled by Light or Nature are especially potent at this time, making the results often unpredictable
With the emergence of new growth and thawing ground those who practice the alchemical arts are often seen searching for harder to located ingredients and trading recipes or techniques.
Folks often wait in their homes listening for the song of the Evermaiden, which heralds the time when the sun is here to stay.
Liriel is often portrayed with her face and hair decorated with vines and spring flowers in yellows and whites.
In addition to new growth the Evermaiden is also the goddess of love; not the raw lust filled love of later seasons but the pure, almost worshipful love one might feel for their best friend, commander, distant queen, or even that kindly soul no one else notices.
In celebration of the rebirth of the world, the exchange of flower crowns or favors occurs. These flowers do not just represent beauty, but are also the symbols of life, happiness, love, and joy
Followers of Sarai feel the awakening of Aerys differently. As the land warms so does their blood. They feel a quickening in their hearts and a call to the wild places of the world.
As the Lady of Thunder comes back to the fore, followers of Sarai seek to offset the likely occurrence of natural disasters by bringing Sarai’s realm as close to accordance with her will as they can. Thus mitigating her need to rain destruction down on their corner of Brittanis.
Followers of Sarai strive to bring as much balance to the wilds as they can to encourage a healthy growing season. Cleansing fire, selective hunts of imbalanced species, and removal of unnatural elements in her realm are undertaken with care.
Erin’Tar call the holiday Day of Greeting (Mellon Tuile, Hail Friends of Spring) and it is their custom to spend the day with friends focusing on renewing ties and welcoming new ones. Some legends hint at friends first met this day being among the most loyal.
For Free Dwarves this time of year is a welcome one. After months inside mining and working they look forward to the first thaw which heralds the beginning of a new cycles grain and all its wondrous uses including Ale. Many Free Dwarves will spend the holiday developing new recipes or tweaking old ones in preparation for a new season of brewing. In recognition of this the celebration is known as “Grain Day” (Taeg Dun Kertrides, literally Day of Planting Grains)
Gael’Dar view this time of year with a combination of joy and trepidation. On the one hand it signifies the birth and growth of the land; however the balance of that is knowing that often young plants are more deadly than mature ones and that nothing is more protective or territorial than a new mother animal. In acknowledgment of this double edged season they celebrate Festival of Awakening (Feílé Círäch (fey-lay Keer-ack)).
Initially the Tiberians celebrated this time of year with a carnival in which children would spend the day learning and practicing intricate dances the patterns of which formed pictographs of different plants while the adults planted. Upon arrival in Brittanis there was little surprise to find celebrations in place as the cycle of birth, growth, and death is familiar to all. Over time there was a shift from dances to more practical ways of celebration in acknowledgement of the new dangers.