Uneasy Lies the Head
Neu Ungren Calendar
Two conflicting calendars are in use in Neu Ungren. Mariner’s calendar is based on the seasonal rhythm of the tides and divides the year into two seasons: Verno which is cooler and dryer and generally more pleasant in Neu Ungren and Estivo humid and warm season. Further division is made into 14 twenty-seven day Tides. Each tide representing the cycle from highest to the lowest difference between the daily tides in Neu Ungren bay. Tides tend to be more pronounced in Verno. Tides are named after the most prevailing wind during each of them. The names are:
-Brissa (breeze, light northern wind)
[Average Temperatures: 12-16, Extremes: 0-25]
-Mistral (stronger north-western wind)
[Average Temperatures: 10-15, Extremes: 0-27]
-Brisote (river-wind, the beloved of the bargemen hurrying towards the city)
[Average Temperatures: 10-15, Extremes: 0-28]
-Maestro (high wind from north, usually the coldest part of the year, good for crossings)
[Average Temperatures: 9-12, Extremes: 1-32]
-Vardar (lighter north-easterly wind with frequent calms)
[Average Temperatures: 12-17, Extremes: 5-36]
-Gregale (stronger north-easterly wind, Navs claim that it brings the stench of the empire)
[Average Temperatures: 15-19 Extremes: 7-38]
-Leste (warm easterly wind that mixes the Tierz marsh fumes with the fog of the sea making for the particularly fogy weather in Neu Ungren
[Average Temperatures: 16-21, Extremes: 9-40]
-Caver (slight easterly wind, so light it can not be used for sailing, so called Dead Tide)
[Average Temperatures: 20-25, Extremes: 10-43]
-Levanter (rain bringing southern wind)
[Average Temperatures: 22-27, Extremes: 17-40]
-Sirocco (warm and humid but strong southern wind ideal for sailing in from the south)
[Average Temperatures: 23-28, Extremes: 18-42]Br
-Suestado (dangerous gale-like wind from the south-east, bringing thunderstorms)
[Average Temperatures: 23-27, Extremes: 17-41]
-Contrastes (uncertain wind that changes direction frequently.)
[Average Temperatures: 22-26, Extremes: 16-40]
-Euros (again a rain bringing warm southern wind can develop into gales, this tide can see the rapid drop in temperatures)
[Average Temperatures: 18-23, Extremes: 10-35]
-Pampero (western wind that clears some of the worst fogs in the city. Only part of the year when it is sometimes possible to see the sun from Neu Ungren).
[Average Temperatures: 14-18, Extremes: 7-28]
The second calendar is one used by the church based on solar year of 380 days and divided into 38 decades based around the one sacred day of rest in the each decade. Years are always counted since the coronation of the reigning emperor and days are usually counted from the nearest religious holyday. It has no months or seasons.
The disparity between the two calendars consists in 2 days in a year and causes a bit of a problem. The Mariner’s calendar deals with the issue by skipping one entire Tide, traditionally Caver – the bad luck one, every 13 years replacing it with Fiesta Grosse, the day of utmost partying. This keeps the tides roughly in line with their namesake winds but also means that the church holidays slide by two days every year on a 13-year cycles as well as the fact that the Navs and Nobs celebrate two separate new years.
Over the time Mariner’s calendar has took hold in Neu Ungren and even though the tenth day of rest has been accepted by all employers and laborers alike it has become individualized with each laborer getting his own 10th day independently of the run of the decades on the church calendar. Saint’s days, and even the ordinary people’s name days are respected however and their usual sliding by two days every year is observed.
In all the campaign materials the Mariner’s calendar will be used.
Here is the calendar for the year 31 of the reign of Emperor Istvan XI of Pec and Miskoltz in the Mariner’s calendar. The italic days are on the church calendar and will be moved forward two days next year before returning 27 days the year after next.
1.-2. Mariner’s New Year, greatest strictly navigatorial celebration of the year
11. St Feher Day celebrating martyrdom of City’s patron saint. Large service held in the basilica
25. St. Annet Day, celebrating the beginning of the Paliestran rebellion. Most important religious festivity for women.
7. Sale Giorno (salt day), traditionally free day for everybody as all the citizens are required to go to the sea and get the salt for the coming year. The tradition comes from the early days of Neu Ungren and is now entirely ceremonial. (But holiday is still real).
19. St. Umbrinus Day patron saint of Scholars and Sages.
21. Amante Giorno (day of the lovers). Day dedicated to love, also usually the day when the debutantes are first taken out into the society.
18. Day of Cleansing (also known as the Bone-fire day) Pseudo religious ceremony imported from the abbey of Dovcar. The great pyre is lit somewhere in the city and faithful are supposed to bring all but the most essential of their worldly possessions and burn them thus reminding themselves that the world is suffering. Church has officially banned the practice but it is widely popular among the poor, particularily recent refugees from Donetz and always takes place. More zealous celebrants assault the houses of the wealthy and sinful trying to cleanse them as well.
23. St Garos day patron set of Magyr and of nobility, occasion for one of the most elaborate Nob-only parties [Serwosy’s nameday].
1. Fiesta di Flore (the flower feast) commoners holiday much enjoyed by everybody. Day of beauty and planting flowers.
5. Beltane (the witches day) also the day of the equinox further north along the river. Most of the festivities have been taken over by the Fiesta di Flore but some of the devout goddess worshipers still celebrate the original holiday.
17. St. Basil day, one of the oldest saints, follower of the Yrzabell, patron saint of travelers on land.
25: Fiesta di Popolo (people’s feast) first of the major formal balls for both the Nobs and the Navs also the occasion for many smaller parties among the middle classes.
27: St. Imre day, patron saint of the oppressed and downtrodden. Day of celebration among the followers of the Dovcar abbey.
17: St. Lara day, patron saint of unmarried women and also the best occasion in the church calendar to propose marriage.
25: Fiascole e Tamburi (celebration of a Tamburine) strange and very Neu Ungrenite festivity celebrating only naval battle that city ever took part, in when the two merchant ships with hastily assembled armaments defeated the squadron of imperial galleys during the second succession crisis, effectively ending the imperial presence on the Sorrowful Sea. Even the Nobs take part in this charade-like celebration of civic pride.
2: Fiesta di Patrizii (patricians feast) Second and formally the greatest of the three big balls. Not celebrated by the ordinary people.
11. St. Ignat day, patron saint of craftsmen and people who make things. Occasion for the big celebration in Taliver and elsewhere in the city where craftsmen congregate.
19. Giorno di Bettula (birch day). Only edible plant in all of Tierz marshes is a form of a dwarf-birch whose bark can be ground into flour and turned into foul-tasting but nutritious bread. On this day citizens of Neu Ungren celebrate the fact that they have never been reduced to eating birch bark although it has come close to it on several occasions.
5: Fiesta di Soldati (soldiers feast) Last of the three big feasts and one only celebrated by the young and adventurous. As it is usually impossible, or at least considered a poor form, to try to outdo the dresses and luxury of the Fiesta di Patrizzi, outfits and behavior for this feast tend towards risqué and outlandish, all in preparation for the greatest party of them all.
17: St. Salafius, situated, as it is, between two huge periods of celebration is a nice little opportunity for calming down. It is a patron saint of hearth and home and of simple things. It is usually celebrated with one’s immediate family.
1-7: Carnivale: The greatest celebration of all in Neu Ungren. As it is considered very bad luck to be on the sea during Caver, everyone is in the city and everyone, from the lowliest sewer rat to the richest Bartolini parties. For seven days, whomever can afford it does no work and even those who have to work do so with hangover from the night’s festivities. The centerpieces of the celebrations are the great procession of the masks on the barges up and down Tierz on the 6th day of the carnival and great masque-balls on the 7th and final night. Traditionally, those who can afford it have two separate masks for those occasions. On the “fold years” when the entire Tide of Caver is taken out to bring the Tides again in line with seasons Carnivale is celebrated as the last 7 days of Leste but with the additional 8th day of Grand Feast that is supposed to put all 13 years of past carnivals to shame. Lammas, goddess worshiping solstice celebration is subsumed in the Carnival but is sometimes celebrated by the stalwarts independently sometime close to this date.
26: Giorno Tenebris, despite its Doni name, the day of the dead is considered a religious holiday. It is alternatively speculated that it celebrates a St. Josephus a soldier in the armies of Yrzabel who was the first person to die after the last Katalyoarxomai when the Demiurge was trapped in the world and the outer darkness held no more fear, or, Usariel the Angel of Death who has discovered a secret of Gentle Repose and was the first to teach mortals not to fear death. It is a day spent remembering the dead and at the nightfall people go to church, light the candles and then take them to the coast and put them on small rafts and send them onto the sea. The Neu Ungren bay flickers with the light of thousands small candles.
13: St. Olopo day. Flag day of the 21st Imperial Mandible, the official garrison of Neu Ungren. Usually marked by a colorful parade of “soldiers” wearing their ancient uniforms from their homes in Grunds, through the old city, traditionally ending in the “Lamprey” tavern at the docks where the weary protectors of the city have a round on a house.
21: St. Dominique: Patron saint of those who are starving. Usually marked by a 24 hour fast among the more pious in the populace.
11: St. Sebastiano: Patron saint of travels on Sea. Considered one of the most auspicious days to either go on or return from the Crossing.
17. Giorno di Piscii: Fish day. Not a holiday per se but celebrated by the fishermen (and the Fisherman) as their patron saint day. Sometimes marked by a small regatta of the fishing boats in Neu Ungren bay.
20. St. Lukus, patron saint of artists.
15: Mabon, goddess worshiping equinox feast.
16: St. Ferentz day, officially celebrated name day of the Duke-Mayor. Occasion for a very formal reception at the Mayoral palace.
1: Giorno di Angeli: A religious holiday that falls on Mariners calendar and is not fully sanctioned by the church. It is a day of worship of the Angels and more than anything their help in keeping Neu Ungren safe and free. Until recently grand cathedral was opened to the pilgrims on this day and a big mass was held by the patriarch in the enormous main nave. Maltino has put an end to this not wanting people to get killed by the falling masonry but the gathering and prayers still take place in front and around the church.
23: Ringraziato (Thanksgiving) day marking the official end of Harvest in Donetz plains (although with the drought and a heat in the south it is not unknown in places not to have even begun the harvest by this day). In Neu Ungren it is not much celebrated holiday except among the recent immigrants who use it as an excuse for a big dinner and lots of drinking.
27: Coronation Day: Day of the coronation of Emperor Istvan XI, Nob’s new year and an official church holiday.
14: St. Istvan day: another empire related holiday, celebrating the founder of the Koroly dynasty and the end of second succession crisis. Occasion for the street fights between the Nob and Nav youths.
22: St. Vari day: patron saint of men, particularly young men. Occasion for many men only parties.
3. St Illona day: Obscure, Magyr patron saint of health. [Included only because it is Illona’s name-day].
14: Samhain: Witches’ new year. Celebrated by many riverlanders, even those who have converted to the faith.
21: St. Miklos’ day: Another riverlanders holiday (positioned according to some exactly to distract from the new year), patron saint of those who guard and of western empire. Also of the St. Miklos’s order.