EXERCISE Creating Holidays #18: Games!

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Minibit, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Holidays are days off from the toiling drudgery of everyday life. Many holidays have games associated with them, but what about a holiday that's all about games?

    Any kind of games will do: sports, card games, board games, hide-and-go-seek, video games, and gambling are all kinds of games! In addition, people play games for different reasons; some play physical games for health or fitness, some like the competition and the prize for winning, others play games to unwind, or just to have fun! Games are often used as ceremonies too, for everything from sending spirits peacefully to the afterlife, to appeasing angry gods, to invoking a blessing or curse!

    You can use the form below, or free-write about the holiday

    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)?
    Is one game or kind of game the focal point, or many?
    Are there prizes/penalties?
    Does the game(s) represent or symbolize anything?

    Other Creating Holidays Exercises:

    Seasons!
    Death!
    Food!
    Protection!
    Costumes!
    Travel!
    Animals!
    Time!
    Parents!
    Invention!
    Gifts!
    Inebriation!
    Superstition!
    Religion!
    Miracles!
    Birthdays!
    Manliness!
    Games!
    The Future!
    Purification!
    Flowers!
     
    #1 Minibit, Aug 4, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014