EXERCISE Creating Holidays #13: Superstition!

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Minibit, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. What better theme for instalment 13? This time, we're creating holidays that started out as a means to fend off evil!

    These superstitions can be grounded in truth, or be completely bogus; it's up to you! Remember also that superstitions can manifest in many different ways; having a particular item you own dubbed as being lucky (ie: lucky shoes) is superstitious, enforcing certain rules (no women on ships) is superstitious, performing rituals for fortune or to ward off evil (exorcisms, reciting a charm, etc) is superstitious! People make sacrifices, carry charms, perform rites, arrange their homes, alter their diets, and time their schedules to keep their lives swimming in fortune and far away from evil

    Holiday Name:
    When is it celebrated?
    Who celebrates?
    What is done to celebrate?
    How old is this holiday?
    Has this holiday changed much from its roots?
    Where do the festivities take place?
    Is there anything it is taboo to do on this holiday?
    Do people dress differently for this holiday?
    Is any kind of decoration traditional?
    Are any colours, symbols, or icons associated with this holiday?
    Are any spirits or deities associated with this holiday?
    Is it an important/widespread celebration, or a smaller affair?
    Are there any foods or drinks associated with this holiday?
    Do any natural events coincide with this holiday (ie: an eclipse)?
    Are any (otherwise normal) things considered lucky/unlucky on this holiday?
    Is there a certain sign people look for to see if they are lucky/unlucky on this holiday?
    Do games of chance, drawing fortunes, and other activities take prevalence on this holiday?

    Other Creating Holidays Exercises:

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    #1 Minibit, Mar 23, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014
  2. If I could create a holiday it would be this

    Holiday name: Found Art Day or whatever anyone wants to call it.

    When is it celebrated: Any one day of the year any individual so chooses

    What is done to celebrate: groups of friends venture into the wilderness and build small or moderate sized structures out of the wildlife.

    Holiday origin: Earth

    Who celebrates: Artists, creative individuals, hikers, Nature enthusiasts and the like.

    What is the purpose of the holiday: To build out of nature and let nature take it back, create something for the sole purpose of letting nature slowly destroy it.

    What entertainment is provided: Time sometimes can be put into a more positive perspective amongst friends and also in nature. Building campsites and building fires are often and commonly reused, rebuilt, or up kept in a continuous cycle of humans building from nature alone.

    Is there anything that is taboo on this holiday: Probably the fact that it would be considered a holiday but I always enjoyed the idea of the same holiday that everyone chose to celebrate when they had the time for it, a time diverse celebration or something.

    Are there any color or iconic themes: Many times you'll see a set of stone lain atop each other this is found all over the world, just a pillar of stones left behind for others to possibly or never stumble across it.

    Are any specific spirits or deities associated with this holiday: no deities, no spirits, just humans being humans with Nature.
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  3. Holiday name: Burn Day.

    What is done to celebrate: Everyone gathers up things that hold bad memories and takes them to the edge of town there a fire is lit and all items are thrown in. Feasts are then held to celebrate the letting go of the bad memories.

    Holiday origin: It originated with the belief that if you burnt anything holding memories of a person you wanted to forget it would help you let go.

    Who celebrates: Everyone, everywhere. It is a worldwide holiday. Well, not in the ocean city since you can't exactly burn things there, also they are kinda uptight, not liking the rest of the world.

    What is the purpose of the holiday: To help people let go of people they need to forget, to let go of anger they hold onto.

    What entertainment is provided: When the sun starts to set and the fire has been burning for a little while people come and they dance. They dance and they sing around the fire that is all the colors of the rainbow thanks to all the items filling it.

    Is there anything that is taboo on this holiday: Stealing from the pile. It will actually get a lot of people mad at you.

    Are there any color or iconic themes? Red and orange, the colors of fire.

    Are any specific spirits or deities associated with this holiday: Nope.
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