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Holidays in Middle Barael

A number of holidays are celebrated in Middle Barael. Some are government related, others are historical, some are religious, while still others are simply for the sake of celebrating a place or person. Here are some of the most important ones:

Federation Day and Unifeen
Federation Day is celebrated on August 1st, and Unifeen is the evening before it. They both celebrate the unification of the Republic of Cothon with the State of Barael, and the subsequent foundation of Middle Barael. Federation Day is celebrated with parades, speeches, spending time with family and friends, and overall cheerfulness, while Unifeen is celebrated with eco-friendly fireworks, parties, and is generally more ecstatic than the more relaxed Federation Day. While both are officially recognized holidays, Unifeen is seen as more ecstatic and more populist, while Federation Day is seen as more official and professional of a holiday.

Constitution Day
Celebrated on January 31st, this holiday celebrates the creation of the current Constitution of Middle Barael in 1967. This is an important event, because before this the Prime Minister had power over the legislature, the executive branch, the courts, and the voting procedure, which led to two of the Prime Ministers between 1947-1967 having near-complete control of the government, and rendering it difficult to vote them out of office until they reached their term limits. Luckily, the new constitution led to far more control by the Parliament, making it harder for anyone to gain that level of control.

End of Emergency Day
This official holiday marks the end of the Emergency, which lasted from 1961 to 1965. This festival is the one officially recognized by the federal government, but it is not celebrated very much by most people, who instead celebrate Crisabath, which is around a week or two later. The Emeegency, also known as the Crisis, was a four-year period in which the largely unpopular PM of Middle Barael, James Mackarthay, restricted and limited civil liberties and political freedom, in order to combat the largely exaggerated or made-up threats of “hippie uprisings”, “communist take-overs”, “secessionist terrorists”, and “foreign aggressors”. In reality, the only threats were the growing left-leaning, anti-imperialist sentiment, and those positions were more of a threat to Mackarthay than they were to the nation as a whole, with many even going as far as to say that Mackarthay was more of a threat than the hippies he tried to stop. End of Emergency Day, however, is meant to remain completely nonpartisan, and as such it celebrates the end of the Emergency in 1965, and not the impeachment of Mackarthay in 1967. The holiday is celebrated on May 3rd.

Crisabath
Crisabath, a portmanteau of “Crisis Sabbath”, is a popular folk holiday marking the end of the Emergency and the impeachment of Mackarthay in 1967. It is always celebrated on the first Saturday in May, as it was first celebrated in Likon in 1968 on the first Shabbat in May, which of course always falls on a Saturday. While the government does not officially recognize Crisabath since it is seen as too “partisan”, it is very popular among the working classes. It is celebrated often with eco-friendly fireworks, bonfires, and a slightly-modified Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony.

The Feast of Barael
This springtime holiday is both semi-religious and cultural. While it is the Feast Day of a mythological Angemon (half-angel, half-demon, God’s ultimate neutral beings) named Barael, most people nowadays do not believe in Angemons or Barael, and so it is more a celebration of Middle Barael’s culture and traditions. Barael was supposed to be an Angemon inventor who using magic created impossible technologies to aid or hurt humanity in accordance with God’s wishes. While few believe in Barael anymore, he is still a famous part of Baraelan folklore, and indeed the land of Barael, and by extension Middle Barael, is named after him. It is celebrated on April 15, unless it is during Passover in which case it is postponed a week. In Cothon it is celebrated like any other Saintly Feast Day, and in mainland Barael it is celebrated with folk festivals, especially in the Italian, Arab, Venetian, and Catalan communities.

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