HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY WINTERNALIAOver the years, there have been a total of 746 recorded winter holidays from various residents of Pandora's home worlds, and while many still celebrate their native holidays, Pandora has crafted many holidays over the years combined from various beliefs, the most widespread of which is Winternalia.
TRADITIONSStarting at 8 AM on December 8th, there is a gathering in the center of each hub city that takes parts in three segments - the first a sharing of songs from various worlds, the second a reflection of the year with all invited to participate to speak about their experiences, and the third a party, with a great feast and festivities that all may participate in.
After the gathering (or whenever, if they opt out), gifts are exchanged between citizens, and a singular personal gift is offered to every resident that is said to be from Spanta, which was initially a mishearing of the claimed figure of Santa in many worlds and the famous Pandora Spiderman, known to often deposit gifts at random. It is unknown whether or not it is actually Spiderman that is giving the gifts to every Pandoran, however, all receive gifts, so most assume it is. However, if someone has been particularly naughty, they only find a small card on their door that says NO without any additional context.
Traditionally, kappas are eaten, and often, the week before, the great hunters of Pandora make a large event over hunting them - sustainably, of course, as the goal is to be minimally disruptive to the majority of the species while still pertaining to Pandoran tradition. Along with kappas, a special kelp from the Forgotten Grotto in the Vales is consumed, and if one eats exactly five bites, it is said to provide good luck until the next Winternalia.
Generally, on the night before Winternalia, bubblewrap is hung on top of doors as a sign of keeping out the cold and showing a welcome sign to Spanta, often painted with family and friends as a pre-holiday tradition, and many other more personal traditions have be crafted due to a variety of smaller groups.
when: december 8th
who: everyone who wants to celebrate!
- the traditional colors are red and blue
- lights are traditionally strung over bedposts and televisions
- candles are traditional gifts - giving someone a candle with a scent that reminds you of them is seen as one of the best presents there is
- some classical winternalia carols are "old town road" from earth, "horse, the greatest pal" from another version of earth, and "can i get a yeehaw" from a version of earth not called earth - generally, horses are a symbol; no one knows why.
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