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Among the Hsien of the Middle Kingdom, First Moon is the Spring festival of the New Year.

Overview Edit

First Moon is one of the longer and more elaborate Moon Festivals, taking place over the course of many days each with their own special meaning and significance. The first if the birthday of fowl, the second of dogs, the third of pigs, the fourth of ducks, etc... until the seventh day which celebrates the birth of humans and is a day of rest. Traditionally on the seventh day men must eat seven red beans and women fourteen red beans to ensure good health throughout the year. At about the same time, Li Ch'un, or the formal beginning of spring, is celebrated with a feast. In the past this included a sacrifice of oxen or other livestock to the gods. Today the offerings are smaller but no less heartfelt.

The fifteenth day of the month is the Feast of Lanterns when offerings are made to the gods in the hope of receiving peace and longevity. Offerings to heaven are made on the eighteenth day and on the nineteenth, families gather together. Wives visit their parents and most families retire early. Towards the end of the month fairs open near most major cities.

Fortunes Edit

  • Festival of the First Moon - Wood
  • Tsai Chen: the God of Wealth - Earth
  • Li Ch'un - Wood

References Edit

  1. CTD. Land of Eight Million Dreams, pp. 46, 109.

Changeling: The Dreaming Festivals

Kithain:

Yule · Boxing Day · Midwinter's Night · Imbolc · Homstrom · Carnival · Vernal Equinox · The Greening · May Day · Beltaine · Midsummer · Highsummer Night · Lughnasa · Autumnal Equinox · Pennons · Samhain · Guy Fawkes Day · Nizhniy Novgorod · Holidays of Oah'u

Kith:

House Warming · Labor Day · Spring Cleaning · Harvest Festival · Night of the Embers · Festival of Alysoun · Pranksgiving · Tragoidia

House:

Vengeance Night · Walpurgis Night · First Night

Inanimae:

Spring Equinox · Summer Solstice · Autumnal Equinox · Winter Solstice · New Year's Eve · Remembrance Day · The Moot

Hsien:

Nanusuka · New Year's Day · Obun · Moon Festivals · First Moon · Second Moon · Third Moon · Fourth Moon · Fifth Moon · Sixth Moon · Seventh Moon · Eighth Moon · Ninth Moon · Tenth Moon · Eleventh Moon · Twelfth Moon

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