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Complete Halflings Holiday vote

Discussion in 'Competitions' started by Ælfwine, Dec 26, 2017.


Which is your favorite?

  1. Festival of Idises

    29 vote(s)
  2. Tukkerbuck Day

    13 vote(s)
  3. Groundling's Day

    10 vote(s)
  4. Feast Day

    31 vote(s)
  5. Pints and Pipes

    14 vote(s)
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  1. Ælfwine

    Community Manager
    Elvenar Team

    Apr 10, 2015
    1st place winner (1000 diamonds) - @Laochra
    2nd place winner 750 diamonds) - @MirandaZink
    3rd place winner (500 diamonds) - @ajqtrz
    4th and 5th place winners (250 diamonds) - @Ashrem , @PHall
    Honorable Mentions (200 diamonds) - @violinglofer, @Fisbin, @lupasilverpaw, @YellowWeed and @lronman

    1.The Halflings are a gracious people who enjoy Spring, Summer and Fall when their Divine Seeds flourish. Winter is a difficult time for them so they are very serious about celebrating the Festival of Idises which ensures that the New Year will be blessed and that the world will prepare itself for Spring in hopes it will come early. This is also a time when the Halflings count their wealth and make amends so they are ready for the next planting season.

    The holiday begins approximately 14 days after the Winter solstice.

    As the dark days of winter carry on, it’s important for the Halflings to stay warm, continue to work hard and most importantly to enjoy each other’s company. During the Festival of Idises, the Spirit of Chief Anasazi visits each village every night to ensure that their ceremonial fires are lit which not only wards off the cold and darkness but the ceremonial fires are places to gather, drink wine and offer goods for blessings.

    2. Tukkerbuck Day, Observed each year at the start of autumn, (September 21), celebrates the discovery of the first divine seed.

    Conaptica Tukkerbuck (of the Pingatoon Tukkerbucks) was scouting new provinces when he spotted a curious object in the middle of the meadow through which he was passing. It was lying at the end of a small furrow, as though it had fallen at great speed from a rather large height, but it was a lovely golden-brown color and about the size of a lovely loaf of bread. Conaptica, having not eaten in more than an hour, was a bit peckish and felt he could probably use a snack, and so thought to see if it might be edible. As he approached the curious thing, he felt as though it was giving off a little warmth, and there was a stirring of energy that made him feel joyful as though it were a hug from his dear papa. He also smelled a smell that reminded him of his mother’s kitchen when he was a child and she was baking Jolly Jelly pie. Unable to contain his curiosity (nor either his ample hunger) he reached for it immediately (one might even say, a little less cautiously than was probably called for when approaching an unknown object deep in the wilderness). When first he touched the oblong, a spark of divine energy snapped between the object and his finger causing him to shiver, and goosebumps to run up his spine. Although he was still tempted to take just a little bite, to test its edibleness, he decided that discretion was the better part of hunger, so wrapped in a piece of cloth along with a bit of the soil in which it lay, and tucked it into his pack to take back to the city. By the time Conaptica had returned home, and unwrapped his discovery in front of the council, it had already cracked and extended a small network of roots into the bit of soil. Halflings being a curious lot, there was little they could do but plant the mysterious seed and see whether it survived the winter. Indeed, it did, and a few month’s later, when the snow vanished, the seed’s precious cargo burst forth into the very first Spring Grove. In honor of this transformative event, Each year on the first day of autumn the halflings celebrate Tukkerbuck day in his honor.

    3. The Groundling's Day, is a very special time for the halfings! Waiting on the beginning of the planting season, the halflings begin the tradition of scouting for groundlings. These are furry, small, burrowing rodents and when spotted peeking their tiny heads out, the halflings know Spring is soon to follow. The celebration for this event begins at the start of February with a festival full of wonderful visiting vendors that bring many special gifts/goods to barter. This is also a time of the 'Sharing of the Seeds' Gifting neighbors every day with special seeds and goods. (The daily chests can include the small gifts from those who have visited recently.) The grand prize is a special Seed Bank honoring the tradition of the Sharing of the Seeds, when set adjacent to the Trader, it multiplies seed production each day! Other special buildings that can be gifted by travelling vendors are: The Bronze Groundling Statue (Gives quite a bit of culture!) and a live Groundling Habitat drawing many visitors to your city (culture and population building).

    There was an ancient practice of digging down into the ground, where a groundling was spotted, in search of the groundlings' treasure. It was spoken that the groundlings brought more than just food to their burrows. Many lives were lost as the groundlings were clever hiding the pathways, trapping marauders. Everytime you entered you had to re-dig and find your way through the dark maze. Detailed maps were kept of the treacherous routes as they looted the dens of their riches. Many never returned.....It was declared banned but ...still... a few of the fearless, those tempting fate and resources, will strike out to find that distant province in search of the groundling riches

    4. Feast Day
    Nov. 1st
    Halflings far & wide come together to celebrate the fruits of their harvest, friendship, family & food!
    Imagine unlimited mouth-watering foodstuffs of every kind-where you can eat to your heart's content & no one will make a fuss if you wanted third helpings or a 4th piece of cake/pie/cobbler with a big bowl of homemade ice cream.
    A great banquet is set up in the center of town, where the best cooks, bakers & bartenders showcase their best dishes and drinks.
    There is enough food to feed the entire town & plenty for leftovers in every home.
    Fruits & vegetables of every kind, meats & seafoods, cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, etc.
    There are contests for the best main dishes, side dishes, beverages & of course desserts.
    There are also eating contests to see who has the biggest appetites!
    The previous year's Feast Day winners present the trophies for the new winners of each category presented.
    Elders share stories of the great feasts of their childhood & memories of their favorite foods.
    Friends spend the day catching up and socializing with all of the Halflings in their town.
    It is rumored that the majority of matchmaking in Halfling towns takes place on Feast Day!
    Younger halflings participate in games & sporting events--if only to make room for more food. ;-)
    Traditionally, there are always two days of rest following Feast Day, as most Halflings are too full to do anything after all their feasting.

    5.Pints and Pipes -- October 15th

    It has long been a quiet tradition among halfings, and ancient halflings lore speaks of it as if it was a long held tradition when the bards of old went forth to stop at the end of harvest but before the onset of winter, to celebrate and to reflect the joy of larders well filled for the coming Winter.
    It is formally called the Feast of Pints and Pipes, but most halflings have long shortened to just “Pints and Pipes.”
    One might say that among the holidays of the halflings this is one never done, well, halfway. It is a full night of games, feasting, singing, reflecting upon the harvest, and enjoying themselves as only halflings can.
    As befitting their size these celebrations revolved around a number of unique games of skill and chance involving a four-sided die (thought to reflect the four toes of the species), carrots, bread, half-pints of apple ale and half-pipes of a particular well-kept secret species of pumpkin whose leaves, when smoked enhance the mellow mood of Pints and Pipes.
    The games go on from dusk to dawn with draughts of apple ale and tingle bread smothered with jolly jelly or hearty whole wheat pumpkin half-bakes a sort of special treat where the pumpkin bread is not quite cooked in the center but instead torn in half and filled with savvy soup. Think soup bowl and you get the idea.
    or the children there are songs and dances, including something called a Carrot Catch. In this game the children form and inner and outer circle. Carrots are tossed from the inner circle to the outer as rapidly as possible. The “inners” try to get the “outers” to miss catching the carrots, while the outers try to bat the carrots down or catch them. A caught carrot is called a “rabbit” and ten caught carrots are called and “eye full.” An “eye full” is worth 10 points. The play continues until all the carrots have been tossed or the “outers” have missed 10, at which point the “inners” score 10 points. The sides then change places and the game continues. It is usually played in three rounds at a time, each three referred to a “burrow.” Once in a while it has been attempted with pumpkins, but the traditional carrots have always managed to come back as the preferred choice.
    At the end of the festivities, just before the sun rises each halfling family gather on the roof of their home and sitting in the grass relax to watch the sunrise. Since the children are all pretty much exhausted it is a tradition of the eldest to server the entire family one last wheat bread bowl of savvy soup, and a piece of homemade carrot cake from the secret family recipe passed on from mother to daughter (or son if they have no daughters). It is said that the love of generations is passed this way from family to family.

    ** voting will end 12/30/17 at 11:59pm EST and the votes will be uncovered at that time**
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017

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