Legend of the 5 Rings Smoking Waters
Spring marks the start of the year with the New Year’s Festival. All samurai celebrate their birthdays on the first day of the year, rather than the actual anniversary of their birth. Springtime tends to be very rainy and muddy, so little military activity occurs. Heralds and courtiers travel from Winter Courts to spread news of the previous political season’s treaties and arrangements.
Summer is very hot throughout the Emerald Empire, humid in the east and center, drier to the west. This is the season of war, as dry roads allow armies to march. In times of famine, this is when shortfalls are most felt, and can lead to peasant revolts.
The Setsuban Festival is celebrated on the 8th day of the Month of the Monkey, marking the end of the season of war, and the beginning of the harvest.
Autumn is short and busy, as war is set aside to allow the harvest to be brought in. The beginning of harvest is marked by the Setsuban Festival, during which it is forbidden to spill blood. Once the harvest is complete, the Bon Festival honors departed ancestors.
The Bon Festival is celebrated on the last day of the Month of the Dog. It is a time to honor the spirits of the ancestors, and to guide the souls of the recently departed on their journey to the afterlife.
Ox (Fu Leng)
Winter is the season of politics and socializing at Winter Court. The most prestigious is the Winter Court that hosts the Emperor, but throughout the land samurai gather for the winter to make deals, arrange marriages, and plot with and against each other. The Year’s End Festival closes out the season.