Chrysanthemum Festival

Choyo no Sekku, or Chrysanthemum Festival [1] was a Rokugani holiday that took place on the sixth day of the first month of Summer, celebrating the day that the Kami were believed to have fallen to the earth. Though the actual festival lasted only one day, for eight straight days, four before the festival and three after, all labor stopped. Not even the peasants took up their tools, making this one of the most popular celebrations of the year. [2]

Customs[edit | edit source]

People chose a tree and sat under it, meditating, eating nothing and drinking only water. Great favor was bestowed to the one who sat under the first falling chrysanthemums. [3] The Chrysanthemum was the symbol of the Hantei Dynasty, representing their ties to the Sun Goddess and Hantei's position as pre-eminent among all the Kami. Since the fall of the Hantei Dynasty it had lost some of its importance. [4]

Chrysanthemum Petal Lake[edit | edit source]

Chrysanthemum Festival

In the midpoint of the festival the Emperor himself visited the Chrysanthemum Petal Lake, to renew his connection to the Celestial Heavens with a silent prayer. The prayer ended with the Emperor removing a snow-white petal from the lake's surface. Legend held that such a petal could heal the sick or mend terrible wounds if consumed by one of Imperial blood. [5]

Shadowlands[edit | edit source]

Four days after the end of the Chrysanthemum Festival, the minions of the Shadowlands had historically created an enormous bonfire that could be seen from the Kaiu Wall, and performed foul and bloody rituals in honor of their dark master, Fu Leng. Captives would be tossed into the fire as sacrifices to his power. [2] The Rokugani believed they were celebrating the day that Fu leng would rise from his Festering Pit and steal the power or the Imperial House. [6] On that day, the peasants of Rokugan bolted their doors for fear of evil spirits. [7]

Festival of New Blood[edit | edit source]

More recently, the tainted samurai of the City of the Lost had started celebrating their own festival on the same days as the Chrysanthemum Festival, the Festival of New Blood. [8]

Renewed Grandeur[edit | edit source]

After the fall of the Hantei Dynasty, the Chrysanthemum Festival's status became more uncertain. The Toturi Dynasty continued the festival, expanding it to a general celebration of the reign of both the Hantei and the Toturi Emperors. After the extinction of the Toturi the status of the festival was in doubt, but the ascension of the Iweko restored its spirit and grandeur. [9]

External Links[edit | edit source]


  1. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 66
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rokugan Campaign Setting, p. 122
  3. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 231
  4. Masters of Magic, p. 156
  5. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 30
  6. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 67
  7. Masters of Magic, p. 148
  8. Secrets of the Shadowlands p. 6
  9. Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition, p. 204

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
In Chrysanthemum Festival (Imperial flavor) was described that people danced, sang, and drank until dawn to celebrate the plenty of the New Year. It was in contradiction with Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire page 231. It and the New Year's cite seems that flavor refer to New Year's Festival insted Chrysanthemum. --Oni no Pikachu 13:22, January 12, 2012 (UTC)

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