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Old 14 Dec 2006, 14:11   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does any Race Celebrate anything?

I ask with Xmas in mind really, brings up the wonder if any of the races in Warhammer take time off to enjoy the holidays.
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 15:00   #2 (permalink)
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I can see the imperial guard climbing out of their trenches for a Xmas game of footy!

I wonder if they get Xmas pudding rations?
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 15:05   #3 (permalink)
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The Imperium has Emperor day which is the equivalent of Christmas. Chaos celebrate everyday by killing/sacrificing anything with a heartbeat... :

I don't know about the other races...
 
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Candlemas is apparently celebrated throughout the Imperium, usually to celebrate the beginning of the new year. There's also the Feast of the Emperorís Ascension, and many other such feast to celebrate all kinds of saints deaths/births/ascensions...
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 16:06   #5 (permalink)
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Well some holidays must have been dropped over the 40,000 years otherwise everyday of every year would be a holiday.

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Old 14 Dec 2006, 17:46   #6 (permalink)
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Tyranids have great feast every so often...

and the necrons have the red harvest though i don't thinkthey celebrate per-se
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Harliquins have sort of dance, feast, cult meetings things which include the Solataire. Dont know if this is a holiday or not but I guess its seen as a religion thing and so in the literal meaing of the word it would be a holiday (Holy-Day)
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Well there are most certainly celebrations in the Imperium and probably some other races as well. There are plenty of occurances of Imperial celebrations and holidays in the various black library books. The most recent I read of was in Faith and Fire where this heavily religious Imperial world celebrates the coming of saint celestine by burning heretics and a great battle in this arena pit that is not a mock up or a play. There are other occurances as well and most in the Imperium are holy and tied to the Emperor or any number of saints and heros.

The Tau also sort of have holiday esque celebrations during official Trial by Fire events where the training arenas are packed with Tau and the Firewarriors go through the tests to the cheers of the audience culminating in some ritual Fire caste hunt thing where they chase down and kill a "clone beast" or cloned beast of some kind.

The Eldar probably have their own holy days though I bet they vary from craftworld to craftworld and even from occasion to occasion and those I have read about usually center around performances by traveling troupes of Harlequins and since this is not a common occurance and the performances are on things central to the Eldar history and life it seems likely its taken as a holiday and everyone attends even if the celebration is not exactly merry all the time.

Dark Eldar and Chaos probably have some celebrations but not holidays and their celebrations are probably sacrificial offerings and ceremonies bent on gaining more power and favor and the Dark Eldar might celebrate after returning from a large and successful raid or war.
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Well, wouldnt Chaos have some form of Alter Sacrifice daily or at the eve or after battle?
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Varies. Every planet has their own customs...
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