Celebration of Oodlud
This celebration takes place during three days during the month of Oodlud - Usually the 16th to 18th (CGT 46 to 48). This is followed by two days set aside for planting and tending gardens or crops.
As the forbidding Kamparan winter comes to a close and the spring thaw begins, new life springs forth. Friends naturally gather as the thaw begins, sharing stories and experiences of the long, harsh winter, as well as distributing leftover stores of food.
Those wizened with foresight took time and prepared their stills and fermentation devices well in advance, now taking the time to tap kegs and share their brew. As more gather, more food and drink is served, and soon the celebration begins in full!
Laughter and mirth fill the air as those that rationed through the winter fill their famished bellies with the excess of last year's hard labors. Songs of thanks and good fortune to Oodlud lift from the crowded taverns and homes, frequently slurred from the effects of strong drinks. Well into the night the celebration continues until the celebrants finally sleep where they lay in a drunken stupor.
The noon sun raises high, bringing consciousness to even the heaviest. Food and wine fuel the groggy beings and soon, very soon, the riotous event begins anew. Instruments once again make an appearance, and the sweet sounds fill the landscape. The excesses of last year are consumed, to make way for the new harvest to come later this year.
The Third day dawns, bringing with it the remembrance that celebration must be tempered with hard work. Friends part again - but for a short time - as families return to their homes and plant crops or gardens, to begin the preparations for the harvest coming in short months. It is known that the care and preparation they lay now will create an even greater celebration next year!
While the production of food may now be relegated to backwater agrarian worlds and huge sprawling industrial complexes, that doesn't mean the values of Oodlud should be ignored. A bounty of fresh produce can be yours with a little hard work and dedication, no matter where you reside.