|44 Bosuvas||Across Omneutta||End of the year Festival||Mask making|
End’s Eve was originally the first day of the middle Cylorok Rocyst together with the day that became Dawn’s Day. This celebration marked the middle of the year for the Turath calendar. The final Turath Celebration of the year, it was always a heavier celebration than the other three throughout the year and was often used as a way to look back over the whole year rather than just the half-year since the second or Mid-year, or even since the 3/4-year holiday. However, the holiday this is now End’s Eve is likely an amalgamation of several cultural end-of-year festivals which may not have always been celebrated at this point in the year, but after the adoption of the Omneuttian Calendar by O.L.A.H., several festivals seemed to have been moved onto this date whose practices are now observed outside of their original communities. One tradition that has been incorporated into End’s Eve is the Sha’an tradition of Kowatoba or Mask Day, which is a celebration where young Shani make their first mask and is celebrated at several different points of the year depending on the Reign or Remnant.
Celebrations of End’s Eve vary wildly across Omneutta, though there is consistency in tone and mood. Generally celebrations revolve around the year ending. In many cultures the celebrations do not begin until the dark of the day has come, though preparations may be undergone all day. For most younger and some older Omneuttians, the day is an embrace of the macabre and otherwise creepy in many regards.
One aspect of the holiday that takes many forms is whether or not the Deities will allow the Sentient Species another year, which is observed by rituals of penance, public (though sometimes in jest) displays of Deity-fearing, or gratitude to the Eight for allowing the current year to have transpired fully. For some, these are denominational or religious differences, though certain cultures are less religious overall and tend to see these rituals as “going through the motions” of the holiday itself.
Another aspect is something to do with those who have passed away in the previous year, whether this is in remembrance of the life they led or to express grief at their loss. These rituals take many forms including but not limited to dressing up in deceased friends’ or relatives’ clothes and acting like them for the day, visiting where remains are stored (in applicable cultures), and decorating the exterior of a dwelling with their belongings or other mementos.
In many cultures, parades or festivals will be held as the light of Astran fades where the young will wear masks and/or costumes of dangerous animals from across Omneutta, famous Omneuttians from history, or one of the Eight. In addition, tradespeople might build life-size or larger than life figures of the same creatures or Omneuttians that the young will dress up as and move them through town. Occasionally, fires, fireworks, or other displays of light will be used to contrast the darkness of the time of day. In Turath cultures, use of Sham’ayn’s magik to play tricks or other mischievous use is viewed as less of a transgression on this day and in some areas as favourable. In areas that have them, Kets who can reach the ancestors of Omneuttians will find much more work than usual for their services.
Many symbols are associated with End’s Eve, including the traditional circular sandglasses used for each of the four Cylorok Rocyst. Additionally, many recognize the general macabre mood of the event through symbols such as scary looking masks, fireworks, and candles in the shape of the local graves. In Poria, Quarryn, and Sha’an cultures, the holiday (along with Dawn’s Day) have cold-related symbols as well as it occurs during, at the beginning or end of their cold season. In the majority of Omneutta that observes the holiday during non-cold seasons, there is no additional iconography associated with the holiday to symbolize heat, as the festivals are held during the dark when it is cooler.
The many symbols associated with End’s Eve incorporate a vivid and saturated colour scheme that add to the mood of the holiday. The scheme for End’s Eve takes the magenta and pale-blue from the Cylorok Rocyst scheme and increase saturation and pairs them with shades of orange and green.