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What are your National Traditions/Observances?

21-06-2004, 08:51
What kind of traditions, ceremonies, or observances do your countries follow? I was just curious if anyone had thought of any... here is a good example of one of Edensteins

OOC: Some background before you read this post...

June 19th 1820 is the founding day of Edenstein, when we declared independence from the Newly formed United States... On June 20th of that year, a fleet was dispatched from the port at Erie Pennsylvania to smite this uprising, and a massive naval battle ensued. Edenstein came out victorius.. the war continued and they later won their independence.

Hence, every year on June 20th, citizens of Edenstein gather at Raliegh (The original capital) and place wreaths in the lake to remember all the sailors that have died in service to their country, and also to plead for the safe return of current sailors in service with the Navy....


*Emperor Ed walks to the edge of the lake at Raliegh, he holds in his hand a wreath which is multi colored in bright red and naval symbols and a linux penguin, he is followed by Admiral Ulonov who is carrying a similar wreath. As they reach the shore they see thousands of similar wreaths which are in various stages of floating away... Usualy there would be hundreds of people standing on the shore throwing their wreaths into the lake but at this time of night, they are the only two on the shore.. Emperor Ed turns to Ulonov*

Ed: Dimitri, why do you come down here with me every year... I know that you are not qutie the most sentimental of people.

Ulonov: Ed, there are some things that I must do... honoring the men and women that serve under my command, and those that have been saved and that have perished under my command as well. I come down here for the ones that can't come themselves. *he looks around and takes a cigarete out of his coat, it isn't snowing here, it is actualy a balmy 60 degree's, he takes the cigarette and lights it, he dosn't offer one to Ed, knowing he dosn't smoke* So why do you come out here....

Ed: Well... *looking out at the wreath's floating in the water, some with the names of sailors on them, ships, battles, from Edenstein history, even a few from other countries such as CoC, the former L-o-E and even Sketch a tear starts to form in his eye*

Lets just say I have my reasons....

*The two take the wreath's and throw them into the lake, they land about 20 feet into the lake and bump into a few other wreath's, there is a moment of silence as the two stand there silently, the only sound is the waves crashing on the shore, and Ulonov reaching into his pocket for a small book, he flips it to a page that had been ear marked, and he begins to read in a almost in audible voice*

Ulonov: "O Eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; who has compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end; be pleased to receive into thy Almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy, that we may be a safeguard unto our most glorious nation, Edenstein and her Dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our Empire may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours, and with a thankful remembrance for thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen."

*Emperor Ed and Admiral Ulonov stand their silently taking in the moment, they turn around and walk back towards town, in silent reverence*
21-06-2004, 08:56
Mostly atheistic nation, although about 23% worhsip the pink pony, 5% christian, 4% muslim, 2% buddhist, and 2% other.

So, we have a variety of public holidays, religious holidays are not mainstream, but out there. The only real major one is the holiday of the Pink Pony to celebrate the birth of Jeff, son of Pony.
22-06-2004, 06:56
22-06-2004, 14:33
Though Djenna is a secular nation, the majority of the population (62%, Djenna Census 2001), simply due our position on the planet is muslim. While Eid holidays are not officially observed, everyone takes the day off, though the government is staffed by a skeleton crew and all public servants are on call in case of emergency.

We've managed to work in a long weekend every month to accomadate people's needs for rest, but none of these holidays are particularly important.

All relgious holidays are available for followers