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Solstice-Celebration? 12-Days of Hogswatch? Hannukah?

A shot in the blue but maybe it is one forgotten, rarely celebrated or just celebrated by a certain religion/species. We have various festivities around that time of year on Roundworld, why should Discworld only have one single thing? Not to mention that Crueltide sounds suspiciously like Yuletide...--LilMaibe 17:47, 22 April 2011 (CEST)

It certainly does, but the main description of the calendar comes early in The Colour of Magic, where Crueltide is the beginning of the second half-year in Backspindlewinter or Winter Secundus. There are then 12 months again to another Hogswatch. It would appear that Hogswatch, as a popular festival with feasts and presents, somehow took over (with some pushing by Vernon Crumley and the Merchants' Guild?) and has been celebrated twice a year since then. --Old Dickens 18:09, 22 April 2011 (CEST)

It's the Tubso/Bissonomy thing again? On Roundworld a lot of formerly hallowed festivals have gone because they've been rendered obselete or simply aren't as important any more. While the Book of Common Prayer still lists Lammas and Candlemas as feast days in the English Christian calendar, who today can tell you what they were for, let alone celebrates them?--AgProv 10:23, 28 June 2011 (CEST)

Practically/literarily, once it was established that the Hogfather was responsible for the death and renewal of the year and the sun wouldn't come back without him, there needed to be a Hogswatch every winter. I guess it will remain a minor mystery down the list from the Patrician of The Colour of Magic and some other imponderables. --Old Dickens 17:23, 28 June 2011 (CEST)