Travel can be a big part of culture, whether you stay within your borders or not. It's not unusual for religions to have a mecca, or holy site which is important to visit. From a secular perspective, journeys can symbolize change and transformation. People travel to learn, to gain new experiences, to see things and people, to prove themselves, and sometimes simply to get from one place to another. Primitive cultures may be nomadic and move with the herds, too. Whether it's a coming-of-age journey or going home for the holidays; a means to enlightenment, or an educational tradition, your challenge here is to create an event for which travelling is a necessity. Use the form below or free write a scene about a character making this journey. 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)? Reason for the journey: Do people travel solo or in groups? Is the journey made on foot? Through the air? In a caravan? Overseas? Is there a set destination or destinations? Should anything be taken along or brought back? Are any traditional actions performed along the way? (Planting a tree, prayers at a temple, getting a tattoo, a test of courage) Are those who are unable to travel independantly (old, sick, disabled) excused? Is the journey typically dangerous? Do family or loved ones accompany? Do minors travel? If so are they accompanied by a guardian? Are there any ceremonies for the setting out and/or the return? Does the traveller(s) carry any sign to show the nature of their journey? (Certain clothes or jewellery, face/body paint) Other Creating Holiday Exercises: Seasons! Death! Food! Protection! Costumes! Travel! Animals! Time! Parents! Invention! Gifts! Inebriation! Superstition! Religion! Miracles! Birthdays! Manliness! Games! The Future! Purification! Flowers!