Every town, city, country, and world has it's own brand of special events and traditions! Here in my town they celebrate the blooming of the dogwood trees at the start of spring with the Dogwood Festival. In Japan there is the Sapporo Snow Festival where they build all kinds of cool ice and snow sculptures. Recently for one of the Iwaku Masquerade roleplays, the small town of Rowenfel held a yearly festival in honor of a faerie queen, trying to lure her out of her mountain home. Festivals are a huge part of ANY local culture! What a location celebrates is a mark of their history and what they feel is important in life. It adds a wonderful flavor and gives characters in a setting something to participate in. In this exercise, create a FESTIVAL for your location. Consider some of the following things: - Is this a LOCAL festival, only celebrated in a tiny town? A big city festival? Or something that is celebrated all over the world, no matter the country or culture? - What are some special events that only take place during this festival? - What are some traditions that go with this festival? Ways to dress? Certain foods that are eaten? - What is the history behind this festival? How and why did it get started? - Who runs this festival? A committee? A religion? Free form and within households like a holiday?