Because the two chiefs of Grand Illusions are extremely playful and will
use any excuse to celebrate, festivals and parties are held quite frequently.
Most true celebrations whose purpose can clearly be defined are from
other holts that bordered sacredness to certain elves.
Elaborate celebrations are given for Recognitions and the birth of cubs,
for both events are truly rare. Large
celebrations are held at the end of the Storm Season (winter) when the
floodwaters subside, allowing young plants to grow and returning wild game to
enter the area. There is a lot of howling, eating, drinking, dancing, and
joining. Again, it is not required
for anyone to attend; it is strictly the individual's choice.
Minor celebrations come in
the form of twin full moons. This is when the wolf-blooded elves hunt, wreak havoc, and
howl until they lose their voices. Another,
called DANCING, was started by ice elves that required the
celebration prior to and just after a major battle. This celebration involves great amounts of food, wine, and
willing partners. The idea is to
celebrate life: eat until you're stuffed, drink until you're drunk, and join
until you're exhausted.
These celebrations are
considered minor because not all elves partake in them, though no one has
expressed distaste for either festival. Elves who do not directly involve themselves during these
will find a way to be a minor part without interfering. For example, if your character does not wish to join casually
during DANCING, then she\he can sing, dance, play a musical
instrument, go hunting\scouting, provide food\drink, etc.
Those not wolf blooded during the full moons can tag along anyway...they
just have to give the wolves the right of way.
Again, it is up to you whether you wish your character(s) to partake in
any festivals or celebrations.