Fallowmath

The Feast of Fallowmath is an ancient festival that originated in the Westfold of Rohan. It is traditionally a fortnight in length, and occurs in the late winter months or just before the fields are planted with seed in early spring. The festival was begun as a means of celebrating that time of year when the fields lie fallow, and is meant to be a time of rest and reflection. The celebration begins with the lighting of the Fallow-flame, a great bonfire traditionally built of fragrant pine boughs. The flame is kept burning for fourteen days, and the festival closes with a great feast.

Fallowmath is a time to be reverent to nature and all that it provides, to walk the forest paths and notice things you have not taken the time to notice before. It is traditional to fashion an ornament out of natural materials, such as pine cones and acorns and fragrant pine boughs. These can be gifted to friends, or tossed into the flames as an offering to your ancestors as you ask them for guidance.

One of the most sacred events during Fallowmath is the creation or renewal of vows and oaths, especially in the face of difficulties to come. It is a time to reflect on the bonds of family and friendship, both past and present.

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