The Tastigon Calendar is the calendar used in the Kencyrath books.
Origins and usageEdit
The Tastigon Calendar seems common across Rathillien. In God Stalk, it seems to be the calendar of Tai-tastigon, and is introduced in an appendix where it's called the "Tastigon Calendar". However in later books, it is seen being used by the Kencyrath in the Riverland as well.
The holidays Midsummer's Day and Mid-Winter's Day on the 60th of their respective seasons—exactly halfway through their seasons by the Tastigon Calendar's dates—but they do not match up directly with the solstices of Rathillien. In To Ride a Rathorn, Kindrie speaks of the Tastigon Calendar as if it were a Kencyr creation, making the calendar's origins thoroughly unclear.
The Merikit do not observe the Tastigon Calendar, and instead celebrate holidays set around the solstices and equinoxes of Rathillien. In The Sea of Time, it's seen that Kothifir does observes the Tastigon Calendar and dates such as the Feast of Fools, despite also celebrating major holidays on Rathillien's solstices and equinoxes.
A year in the Tastigon Calendar consists of a 361 days, usually called 360 days, as the the very existence of the Feast of Fools is secret.
The year is split up into four unequal seasons: Autumn and Spring have 60 days; Summer and Winter have 120 days. Dates are counted by the season.
A full year consists of 361 days, and yet only 360 days are ever shown on calendars. The 361st day is located between Winter 120 (the last day of the old year) and Spring 1 (the first day of the new year). In God Stalk, Jame calls it a leap-day, implying that it's an intercalary day. This day belongs to neither season, and neither year. In Tai-tastigon, this day is celebrated as the Feast of Fools, and at Tentir in the Riverland, as the Day of Misrule, which is a similar celebration.
Seeing as an official Tastigon year has 360 days, this could divide neatly into 9 months, of 40 days each. The 361st day makes this imperfect, however, with the phases of the moon being 1 day different each year.
Seven-day weeks are also used in the Tastigon calendar.
The first and last days of the seasons are common across Rathillien, though most are only celebrated mildly. The first day of each season is that season's day, and the preceding day is that season's eve.
- Spring's Day - Spring 1
- Summer's Eve - Spring 60
- Summer's Day - Summer 1
- Autumn's Eve - Summer 120
- Autumn's Day - Autumn 1
- Winter's Eve - Autumn 60
- Winter's Day - Winter 1
- Spring's Eve - Winter 120