We are born, we live, we die, and life goes on. The tribe is one. The tribe is immortal! Hear me, my Merikit! Hear and repeat: Now is the season, now is the weather, for the living and the dead to feast together!
– Gran Cyd, Bound in Blood, "Chapter XV: Winter's Eve", II
For the Merikit, Winter's Night (the night between Winter's Eve and Winter's Day) is celebrated by feasting with the dead, to honor them. Life and death swing on the hinges of the seasons, Autumn and Winter.
↑God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 11: The Storm Breaks" — " 'We must have [rain] before Winter's Eve or the wheat crop will fail, and that will mean famine throughout the Eastern Lands.' "
↑God Stalk, "Appendix I: The Thieves' Guild" — "Every seven years, a Guild Council convenes on Winter's Eve to elect a new sirdan or to reinstate the old one."
↑God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 11: The Storm Breaks" — "the biennial meeting between the Archiem of Skyrr and the Metalondrian king… of course, that must be it. Everyone knew that while their heralds exchanged ritual insults, the two rulers usually slipped off to spend Winter's Eve going from one tavern to another."
↑Bound in Blood, "Chapter XV: Winter's Eve", III — " 'We are all agreed: any child conceived on this Winter's Day or Night will also be credited to you,' "
↑Bound in Blood, "Chapter XV: Winter's Eve", II — "Rathillien swung on the hinge of the seasons, life to death, death to life."