I hate the fact that chapter covers and spreads don’t center… I swear I’ll fix that eventually.

We’re hopping into the new chapter AND December soon, hope everybody’s looking forward to the Holidays and has something nice planned.
Work and study hard for these few weeks, you can do it!

Don’t really have anything else to say, so, I’m gonna give some context of what this chapter’s namesake means and set the premise for this segment.

 

So, what is “Kekri“. Or kaekri, köyri or keyri, depending on what place you check and what you fancy. Kekri is not a festival that people hold today and frankly, quite a few folk would raise a confused brow if you mentioned it. I think I’ve heard as many versions of what kekri was as how many people I’ve asked. So even I can only give a gist of it:

Kekri in simple terms would be a rural tradition placed commonly during the fall after all of the summer’s important work had been done, mainly after harvest. Kekri hasn’t necessarily been an overnight party either, but a few days long thing.

The activities very predictably involved a lot of singing, dancing and music. On top of that, it did have games and plays around mythological characters specifically tied to kekri. However, these games and figures that they portrayed, the church saw as paganism, and forbid it strictly. Whether this was what killed the whole festival’s existence I couldn’t say but that’s what the wikipedia says.

Kekri usually happens to share dates with the Memorial Day, resulting in some believing that kekri has something to do with remembering the dead.

Väinölä here doesn’t have seasons in peculiar except when it’s rainier and when it’s dryer, and they hold the festivities after harvest. It was briefly mentioned in the fourth chapter, that this festive season is an important timewindow. The 7 day long Kekri, when held succesfully, brings in peaking amounts of trade when all of the wares from further off travel into the heart of the white city to exchange hands. An unsuccesful festive season however brings poverty.

Shortly put: S’important and we’re gonna have tons of fun with it.