Forgotten Realms Calendar

Dalereckoning (DR)

Dalereckoning (DR for short) is taken from the Year of Sunrise, when the Standing Stone was raised by the elves of Cormanthor and the human Dalesfolk. Since this time, humans were permitted by the Elven Court to settle in the more open regions of the forests. In some texts, primarily those which do not have direct ties to Dales history, Dalereckoning is called Freeman’s Reckoning (FR). The calendar is widely used in Faerûn but has not spread beyond its shores. Dalereckoning is the most common year measurement and is used in all of the Forgotten Realms sourcebooks.

Calendar of Harptos

There are 365 days in the year, split up into twelve months of thirty days each with five holidays that fall between some months. The names of the months are given in both the formal names and the common ones. The seasons run like they do for the northern hemisphere; Hammer is like January and Flamerule is like July. Each week consists of ten days, called a tenday, with three tenday per month.

Month Name Common name
1 Hammer Deepwinter
Midwinter (Annual Holiday)
2 Alturiak The Claw of Winter
3 Ches The Claw of the Sunsets
4 Tarsakh The Claw of the Storms
Greengrass (Annual Holiday)
5 Mirtul The Melting
6 Kythorn The Time of Flowers
7 Flamerule Summertide
Midsummer (Annual Holiday)
8 Elesias Highsun
9 Eleint The Fading
Highharvesttide (Annual Holiday)
10 Marpenoth Leaffall
11 Uktar The Rotting
The Feast of the Moon (Annual Holiday)
12 Nightal The Drawing Down

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Special Days

Midwinter is known as the High Festival of Midwinter. It is traditionally a feast day where plans are made for the year ahead. To the common people, it is the mark of the midpoint of the worst of the cold.

Greengrass is the offical beginning of spring. A day or relaxation before the preparation of the land before planting.

Midsummer, called Midsummer Night or the Long Night, is a time for feasting and music and love. Betrothals are traditionally made on this night. It is considered a bad omen if the weather is bad on this night.

High Harvestide heralds the coming of fall and the harvest. It is a feast which continues in some places throughout the harvest, so that there is always food ready for those coming back from the fields. There is usually a lot of travel at this time as the pilgrims/merchants/court emissaries etc make haste before the mud makes travel difficult.

Moonfest, or Feast of the Moon, is the last grand festival of the year. It also marks the arrival of winter, and the day when the dead are traditionally honoured. It is a night for story telling of those who have passed away and their lives.

Note: The holidays do not fall on the actual day the season changes. The 19th of Ches is the Spring Equinox, the 20th of Kythorn is the Summer Solstice, the 21st of Elient is the Autumn Equinox and the 20th of Nightal is the Winter Solstice.[citation needed]

Every four years, another holiday called Shieldmeet is added as a leap day immediately following the Midsummer holiday.

Tenday

A tenday is also, though less commonly, called a ride, and consists of ten days. The days do not have names, but are instead referred to by number: first-day, second-day, and so on. Most people count using their thumbs as first-day; halflings, however, are famous for using their pinkies to count first-day, and thus the phrase “counting like a halfling” has come to mean someone is being different just to be difficult.

Forgotten Realms Calendar

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