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Scarfolk Birthday Celebrations

The Nurbotu Scarfolk birthday custom of the Rule of Two gifts.

After fleeing their homes from the devastating eruption of Mt. Darvus in Anvil, the folks that came to seek shelter and settle in the deep Nurbotu scar had nothing but their names. Following such a traumatic uprooting, the Nurbotu Scarfolk relish in their fresh start by leaving old traditions behind and embracing their self expression, equality, and new ways of life.   When the Nurbotu Scarfolk celebrate birthdays, they don’t make an unnecessary fuss of things. They are grateful for their lives and for the life of the celebrated individual but they don’t party like the city folk do with excessive eating and useless ornaments.    

The rule of two gifts

Upon a birthday, the individual receives only two gifts. The first is a desired gift, one that they have always wanted and that will bring them joy (like a brand new duneboard). The second gift is something that they need (but don’t necessarily want). In later years this is usually something that will help them with their profession, like high quality tools or a pack mule to take their trade on the road, but in teenage years it might be a big hint for the person to get their act together - like receiving a shaving razor if they look unkempt.   The Rule of Two brings the scarfolk closer together as a community, as it means that they must talk among friendship and family groups in order to come together with the perfect gifts. This method means that rather than receiving cheap low quality trinkets, the community can chip in together to provide a gift of quality that could last a lifetime.   It teaches better gratitude from a young age, and reduces envy of others receiving more presents. The gifts become much more meaningful, and the gratitude is spread to all in the community and not just the single gift-giver.
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May 19, 2021 21:45 by Simo

I love this tradition. I might decide to implement it at home if it wasn't for the fact that I would face the rage of both child and grandparents :P

May 23, 2021 14:16 by Morgan Biscup

I love this. What a heartfelt tradition.

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May 24, 2021 00:28 by E. Christopher Clark

Love it! I especially adore: "in teenage years it might be a big hint for the person to get their act together."

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May 24, 2021 14:43 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is such a great tradition. I love the idea that they get one gift they want and one gift they need. <3

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May 26, 2021 03:16 by Dani

The second gift is something that they need (but don’t necessarily want).
Cue the passive aggressive gift giving now~! XD

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May 26, 2021 08:58 by Luca Poddighe

Typo: "nothing to their names." it sounds to me it was meant to be "nothing but their names". The article is very good and interesting.

May 26, 2021 09:14 by Luca Poddighe

Unless it is some expression that I don't in this case please don't be offended, but please explain it, so that I can improve.

May 26, 2021 13:12 by TJ Trewin

I think it's interchangable :D   "nothing to thier names" it can imply that they have no value, power, or posessions attached to them - much the same way of saying "nothing but their names" is a way of saying "their name is all they have left"   On reflection I think I prefer the other version - so I'll edit it to reflect that :D thanks for pointing it out!

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May 26, 2021 13:59 by Luca Poddighe

Good, to learn something new and happy to be useful!

May 26, 2021 17:21 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

This is such a beautiful tradition. I love it.

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Jul 1, 2021 11:49 by Avalon Arcana

i love the fact that the gifts are not only heartfelt and talked through with the whole group, but they can be a push in the right direction for the person receiving them.

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