’Tis the season for holiday specials, so why not bring some of the magic to your roleplaying game campaigns as well? Using an existing holiday from your game’s setting or crafting a new holiday of your own can provide a fun change of pace for the campaign, lend a sense of verisimilitude to the game world, and help your players celebrate the season in a unique way.
Holidays come about for many different reasons. Cultures mark transitions that are meaningful to them, be they the changing of the seasons or years or the progression through different stages of life, such as birth, coming-of-age, marriage, or death. Civilizations will commemorate important battles, independence movements, and pivots from one epoch to the next. People also come together to celebrate things that are meaningful to them: big harvests, ideals such as love, famous individuals, and beloved institutions.