|45 Bosuvas||Across Omneutta||Spreading wealth and joy||Communal feasts |
The traditions of Saldov’y themselves predate the holiday, coming from an amalgamation of Turath holidays around the year or that were held non-annually. When the O.L.A.H. was formed late in the first century A.T., the early Turath government decided to combine several local holidays into a singular Turath holiday celebrated once every five years on the leap day. Situated between End’s Eve and Dawn’s Day, it is not a time to look back or forward, but to be grateful to those in the present, and to spread joy, wealth, and above all balance.
There are three main celebrations that are observed Saldov’y. The first is gift giving and happens during the light hours of the day. For Turath or other residents of The Hilt this is strictly observed as giving something you have a surplus of (often your trade or craft good) to one those who need it, such as a fisher giving extra fish to an architect. These gifts are usually given to someone you do not know, or at least someone who is not in your family. This tradition is not as strictly observed elsewhere and is in some places an occasion for families to gift each other goods.
The second celebration consists of an individual lighting and placing a candle by a tree without leaves as the light of Astran fades at the end of the day. Turths often will dig up a tree a few days in advance, replant it in their community, and build a platform less than a meter off the ground to hold the candles. If celebrating Saldov’y alone, one should bring a leafless branch inside their dwelling and lite a candle next to it. Non-Turath often construct a pillar or obelisk in a communal area in lieu of a dead tree. When placing a candle, one makes a wish to the Deity of their choosing.
The third and final portion occurs once the light of Astran has faded. Entire communities will cook and eat a large feast together. In many cultures, large families do this daily, but for Saldov’y, the entire community, village, town, or city is together. It is expected that during this feast families do not sit together, in an effort to bring the community closer.
The iconography of Saldov’y revolves mainly around the simple symbol of a circle and an arc that resemble a silhouette of a head and shoulders. Many other symbols exist based on traditions such as the leaving of candles, or the giving of gifts. Banners, clothing, and crafts made for the occasion are made in a strong gold, shades of orange, and smooth brown.