Legend of the Five Rings
Holidays and Festivals
Ryoko Owari – Spring – The First Boar:
Hunting rights are rather limited to the citizens of the city. Every Spring, nobles compete to fell the first boar, with the prize being extra hunting rights to the Samurai who manages. Stag hunting is off limits until such time as a Boar is slain.
Month of the Hare/Sun (March)
1st – Oshagatsu (New Year’s Day)
18th – Festival of Togashi
Month of the Dragon/Moon (April)
13th – 7-5-3 Festival
23rd – Cherry Blossom Festival
Month of the Serpent/Hantei (May)
Ryoko Owari – 8th – Porridge Stick Day: Women all over the city, from all walks of life, carry porridge sticks to smack their friends bottoms. Men are not supposed to participate. It is considered proper to only hit those of your own (or lesser) station with affection.
25th – Doll and Kite Festival
Month of the Horse/Akodo (June)
3rd-9th – Chrysanthemum Festival
20th – Festival of Lady Shinjo
Month of the Goat/Doji (July)
28th – Festival of Lord Bayushi
Month of the Monkey (Shiba) (August)
Ryoko Owari – Full Moon (lasts several days) Festival of Giving: Taxes are collected during this month, and by the Full Moon, the nobles are feeling quite generous. It is customary to exchange gifts during this time period. On the first day of the festival, a King or Queen is elected. The next day, the King or Queen oversees the exchanging of gifts. Everyone past their gempuku is expected to participate. For every gift that is given to someone, the giver must also give a gift to “Ruler” who holds these gifts in trust. The King or Queen chooses the “Best Giver” (this can be for any number reasons, including most gifts given, best gift given, or most gifts given to those who received no gifts, etc). This person then has his choice of gifts from the pile. The rest are given out or kept by the Ruler at his/her discretion.
1st – Festival of Lord Shiba
8th – Setsuban Festival
Month of the Rooster/Bayushi (September)
1st – Festival of Lady Doji and Lord Kakida
2nd – Kanto Festival
Month of the Dog/Shinjo (October)
28th – Bon Festival
Month of the Boar/Hida (November)
3rd – Festival of Hida
9th – Festival of the River of Stars
Month of the Rat/Togashi (December)
7th – Festival of Moon’s Rath
Month of the Ox/Fu Leng (January)
Ryoko Owari – 1st – Liberation Day: A day of feasting and open celebration. Each quarter chooses a group of men to dress in wooden and paper representations of Crab mempo and armor. A prosesion begins at Moment’s Edge Bridge and works it way to Goblin’s Rest Road, then on to the Gate of Oni’s Teeth. Along the way the men exchange their gear for drinks, food, tokens, trinkets, tobacco, kisses, etc. They are naked by the time they reach the gate. There they are given heavy stones and are supposed to march to the Tower of the East Eye to stack their stones. Most do not make it.
A traditional food for this festival is crab stewed in sake, it is eaten from its shell.
Month of the Tiger/Ryoshan (February)
4th – Shouting Festival
15th – Festival of Akodo
28th – Toshi no Ichi (The Year’s End Fair)