Joy to you on the Longest Night
The dress above is a pretty important dress and one that I love. This Blog Post tells you why and who Mara, the person Phedre is portraying, is.
The Longest Night is also known as Yule and the Winter Solstice to many. For me though!!!! It brings back pleasant memories of the first time I read Kushiel’s Dart and fell so in love with a set of characters that I re-read the series over and over again.
Here is the description of the Longest Night per the D’Angelines:
The Longest Night is the major holiday of Terre d’Ange. It is celebrated on the winter solstice each year. This tradition predates the arrival of Elua and his Companions, but Elua liked it so much that he adopted the holiday.
D’Angelines typically celebrate the Longest Night by holding masked balls. These are called the Midwinter Masque. The masque at Cereus House is particularly notable. Cereus holds the masque every year and all the other houses of the Night Court go there. Costumes for the masque may vary widely, but households traditionally come dressed as one particular theme. In the Night Court, no contracts are accepted for the Longest Night. The Dowaynes each have tokens to the Midwinter Masque they may choose to bestow upon patrons. The Midwinter Masque at the palace is also quite extravagant.
The holiday centers around celebration of the sun’s return, so two people always play the Winter Queen and the Sun Prince at the masque. The Winer Queen appears as an old woman clad in rags, stooped and hobbling with a cane. The Sun Prince, a young man clad all in gold, enters when the horologist calls the hour of the sun’s return and all the lights are extinguished. The Sun Prince taps the Winter Queen with his spear and she lifts off her rags, appearing as a young woman. The Sun Prince is associated with sovereignty over the land, so Baudoin’s portrayal of the Sun Prince at Cereus’s masque was taken as a political statement. Sidonie also dresses as the Sun Prince at the masque in Kushiel’s Justice. Cereus always provides the Winter Queen for its masque and the Sun Prince is chosen from among the other houses.
Joie, a type of clear cordial similar to ice wine, is drunk on the Longest Night. D’Angelines consume small glasses of it and say to each other, “Joy to you on the Longest Night.”
Cassiline Brothers mark the Longest Night by holding Elua’s vigil. They spend the entire night meditating in temples of elua.
So, However you choose to spend this very long night celebrate and rejoice the return of the sun and spring. Drink and Be Merry and may you all be blessed.
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A Yule Blessing to the “Winter Queen”, The Winter Goddess:
O! Mighty goddess, in silvery ice,
watching over us as we sleep,
a layer of shining white,
covering the earth each night,
frost on the world and in the soul,
we thank you for visiting us.
Because of you, we seek warmth
in the comfort of our homes and hearths.