Most cultures have a way of marking time, if not with a physical calendar, then by watching the stars or the weather. In this exercise, we will invent holidays based around marking time. The passage of time is something that's just about universal in all worlds. Time brings down mountains and kingships, time brings age, death, and birth. People might celebrate what they've accomplished in a certain length of time, or they might simply mark time with a celebration as opposed to a physical means such as a calendar. People or species who can manipulate time may take a holiday aside to play with that ability to a certain degree. If time can be altered, there may be one permitted day where you can alter a timeline. Some real world examples include New Year's Eve Which is celebrated at the end of a year, celebrates what has happened during this cycle, and attempts to bless the new year with good luck by scaring away evil with fireworks, shouting, bells, and various other festivities Winter/Summer Solstice These mark the departure and return of the Sun, and are a testament to nature. People band together to share food and fire and to celebrate the beauty of each season Spring Break/Reading Break Marks a point in the academic year and also the return of Spring, students are given time to rest and prepare for the gruelling end of term Invent a holiday that commemorates, sanctifies, celebrates, or otherwise marks the passage of time HARD MODE: complete this exercise using a world which does not have a cyclical environment that repeats over time) 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)? How time is measured in the long term: Does this holiday commemorate the past, present, future, or some combination? Is any physical means built/marked to show the passage of time? Is time altered in any way on this holiday? 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!