Luë Day is a holiday celebrated in the Edenian land of Oz. It commemorates the birthday of Lüe the Mapmaker, the famous Winkie cartographer who mapped the world during the First Age. Held annually on the Summer Solstice, June 21, Luë Day marks the official start of summer.
Luë Day festivities also mark the end of the Ozite school year, and children celebrate by creating elaborate portraits of Luë in the medium of their choice. Paintings, sculptures, poems, and songs are all considered acceptable, as are performance art pieces, monologues, short films, and more.
Dances are held at sundown on June 21 in townships across Oz, elaborate affairs that are not mandatory but are nevertheless the most well-attended public events of the year. And it has been noted by some that a fair number of halfling children are conceived each year during the celebrations.
In the village of Dorothy’s Landing, the annual dance is notable for the enormous conga line the villagers form around the House What Killed the Wicked Witch. Since the arrival of Dorothy Gale near the end of the Second Age—which led to the last of the Diggsian Wizards of Oz—celebrations of Dorothy’s legacy have been deeply incorporated into the holiday, at least in these parts. In fact, some Munchkins have taken to calling Luë Day “Luë and Dorothy Day” instead.