Mug Bearers of the Oaken Table
Calendar of Events
|THE HARPTOS CALENDAR|
Currently the most widely known measurement system for time, the Harptos calendar uses the Dalereckoning (DR) to chronicle time through the years. Dalereckoning is taken from the Year of Sunrise (1 DR), when the Standing Stone was raised by the elves of Cormanthor and the human Dalesfolk. Since this time, humans were permitted by the Elven Court to settle in the more open regions of the forests.
In addition to its sequential number, each year has a unique name. For example, the current year 1479 DR is also known as ‘The Year of the Ageless One’. These names are prophesied long in advance and many believe they hold important clues as to what will pass.
There are 365 days in the Harptos calendar. These are broken into twelve months each containing thirty days:
|2||ALTURIAK||The Claw of Winter|
|3||CHES||The Claw of Sunsets|
|4||TARSAKH||The Claw of Storms|
|6||KYTHORN||The Time of Flowers|
|12||NIGHTAL||The Drawing Down|
|Midwinter||Hammer and Alturiak||Winter Midpoint, Day of Feast, Yearly Planning|
|Greengrass||Tarsakh and Mirtul||Beginning of Spring, Relaxation before Planting|
|Midsummer||Flamerule and Eleasis||Night of Feasting, Music, and Love|
|Harvestide||Elient and Marpenoth||Feasting and Travel before the winter|
|The Feast of the Moon||Uktar and Nightal||Last Yearly Feast, Arrival of Winter, Honoring the Dead|
Note: The holidays do not fall on the actual day the season changes. The 19th of Ches is the Spring Equinox, the 20th of Kythorn is the Summer Solstice, the 21st of Elient is the Autumn Equinox and the 20th of Nightal is the Winter Solstice.
Every four years, another holiday called Shieldmeet is added as a leap day immediately following the Midsummer holiday.
In addition to the major holidays of the Harptos calendar, many countries and cities celebrate their own regional holidays.
The Harptos calendar breaks each month into three sets of ten consecutive days, each called a ‘Tenday’. A tenday is a common unit of time within the realms.