Mysteries of Kantar
When the Ephesan Church was founded, they originally used the Stedonian calender. However, it was discovered that every six to eight years the calender ended up missing an entire week. As this would soon shift the seasons and holy days out of place, both academic and clergy were quite concerned.
A wizard of the Aqdoran divination academy calculated that adding a week every seven years would solve their problem. The church deemed this week Testimony Week, and added it as a midsummer festival. The wizard, Eryn Warne, would eventually become the new primus for her contribution to the world. The calender became known as the Academic Standard, with Thuria also adopting it through the wisdom and council of Spiral City.
Each week is divided into seven days, with the middle day being Bell Day. Local churches ring their bells and the morning is given over to extra prayers, followed by testimonies and the gifting of food. The faithful commoners spend the first half of the day attending, while some nobles and all clergy spend the entire day in prayer and reflection. Many monasteries devote the day to fasting and meditation.
The new year, known as Renewal Day, begins in spring. Each year there are four major holy days set to each of the seasons. In spring there is Manifestation Day, with the Feast of the Many Revelations. In summer there’s Consecration of the Sun, with the Fast of Bright Day. Fall has the Commemoration of the Heavens, with the Feast of Divine Service. Finally, in winter, they have the Sanctification of Last Light and the subsequent Feast of Lamps.
The current year is 1,317 Saint’s Reckoning. Years before the founding of the Ephesan Church are known by Old or Stedonian Marks. This is due to the ancient Stedonian method of measuring the years by using marking stones, with each new year adding another mark to Stedon’s calender pillar.
The order of months with their associated seasons is as follows: