As the grip of winter releases its deadly hold and spring brings new life and crops, Salinians and Cudans gather for their penultimate holiday. Sapllimalia is a period of three days centered around the summer solstice. God of the east, it is believed it is Sapllim who lifts the sun into the sky and brings warmth. He is a generous god, rewarding those who do good deeds in their everyday life. In honor of Sapllim, the lord of Salina hosts a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturns Aiolian social norms. Gambling is made legal and servants are served by their masters. Gifts are given throughout the holiday, usually being gags and jokes. Young men and women coat themselves in fat and run nude through the streets amid cheering and hooting from the merrymakers. Children set their shoes outside the door, where they will find presents on the morning of the third day. As the legend goes, Axren, the flayed messenger of the gods, flies to each house in the night, distributing the gifts of Sapllim. It is said he rides in a flying wagon pulled by a single giant thálassórama. Well-behaved children are given figures of bronze and wooden swords while naughty children find their shoes coated with tar and pitch. They are forced to wear the shoes until the first snow falls, at which point they are considered forbidden. The shoes are burned to symbolize the removal of their sins and a new chance to earn Sapllim’s favor the next year. Especially naughty children are said to be removed in the night, taken to be whipped by the flails of Axren. Golems are given some respite, though often simply due to the fact that no work is taking place. They are used to bring in wine and party materials however.
With the end of the holiday, social norms are restored and Aiolians go back to their mundane lives. Many live for the celebration, and many children are born nine months from the date.
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