Festival of Plenty
The Festival of Plenty is a national holiday in Sajhdula which is celebrated on the same day every year. It was first celebrated in the year 7 AP and has been celebrated ever since.
It is no secret that The Pulse brought famine to people worldwide. This was no different for the survivors in Sajhdula. It took years before the first crops started growing again. And without boats, or wood to make them, fishing was not that easy. It took them seven years to get to the point where for the first time since disaster struck, there was enough food for everyone. To celebrate this important step in their recovery a day of celebrations was announced. And what better way to celebrate after years of famine than with a festival of food. From what we can find in documents from that time the food consisted of baked or smoked fish, cooked cereals, various soups, and vegetable dishes. There was food for everyone. Granted they did not go overboard as is common for the festival today. But every person in the city went to bed on a full stomach. Several years later the Oracle of Sajhdula announced that the Festival of Plenty would be a national holiday. It is a reminder of the people who persevered after tremendous losses and hardships. For it is thanks to those people that Sajhdula rose from the ashes and became once again one of the greatest cities in the world.
The Festival of Plenty marks a day of great importance for the citizens of Sajhdula. It is a day off without work, school, or religious activities. It is a remembrance of the strength found within the citizens of Sajhdula.
The day starts with a family breakfast which often consists of pancakes. Later that morning people of the various districts will start to gather in the city squares where food stalls are put together and preparations start. Children run around playing and everyone is in a good mood. Coffee is brewed in large pots and readily available to anyone who wants a cup. It is a time of preparations, chatting, laughter and just having a good time.
Lunch is served on the various city squares where people are gathered and preparing for the feast. This consists of thyme bread rolls drizzled with honey. Children drink sweetened millet water, while the adults drink coffee. After lunch the preparations continue until about two a clock in the afternoon. People go home to wash up and get dressed for the festival.
Around 4 in the afternoon people start making their way back to the town squares. Those who man a foodstall will start getting their food ready for the first people to arrive. The jobs of tending to these foodstalls is often shared between people, so everyone can have some time off and enjoy the festivities. During the festival large quantities of food, beer and wine are consumed. Fish, seafood, vegetables and cereals are found in all sorts of dishes. People bring their own bowls, cups and spoons. Musicians and storytellers perform all throughout the city. Puppet shows are very popular among the children. The festivities last until the early morning.
It comes as no surprise that there is a lot of cleaning up after a night of festivities. That is why the people of Sajhdula get two days off from work or school. One day to celebrate, one day to clean up. It is once again a time for the people of Sajhdula to work together. For some this day is a bit easier than for others though. Those who dove a little too deep into beer or wine may turn up a little later to the clean up party than those who stayed relatively sober. No worries though. The early birds make sure to leave some of the work for the latecomers.