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"You must see Highgarden. You'd love it there. I know you would. We have a great masquerade the night of the harvest moon. You should see the costumes. People work on them for months."
Margaery Tyrell to Sansa Stark[src]
Throughout the world of Game of Thrones, many cultures hold celebrations to mark a significant point in their history or to commemorate important events. These festivals may also be tied to religious practices, such as holy days honoring specific deities.

Westeros

Sept of Baelor Destruction Wider Shot, Season 6 Episode 10.

Festival of the Mother 303 AC served as the end of the Faith's religious dominance in the Seven Kingdoms.

The Festival of the Mother is a religious holiday in the Faith of the Seven.[1]

The Reach

Margaery Tyrell says that a great masquerade ball is held at Highgarden every year on the night of the harvest moon. Attendees typically spend months working on their costumes for the occasion.[2]

Free Cities

Braavos

Unmasking

The Unmasking is known for its ten-day exuberance.

The Unmasking is a celebration held every year in the city of Braavos to commemorate the founding of the city. It consists of ten days of feasting and revelry, and where participants where elaborate masks. At midnight on the tenth day, the Titan of Braavos is made to roar and all the celebrates remove their masks together.[3]

Qohor

It is mentioned that the religion of the Black Goat, the main deity worshiped in Qohor, has a number of holy days on it's calendar. While nothing has been revealed about the exact nature of these holy days, they are acknowledged by the sacrificing of condemned criminals on the Black Goat's altar, rather than the everyday sacrifices of animals.[4]

Pentos

While not stated to be tied to a specific holiday or festival, it is customary in Pentos that every year on new year's day, the Prince of the city ritually deflower two girls, known as the Maid of the Field and the Maid of the Sea, to ensure the city success in the coming year.[5]

Volantis

Black Walls chariot race

The founding of Volantis is celebrated with chariot racing.

Volantis was the first colony founded by the Valyrian Freehold in western Essos. The Black Walls are an immense fortification that surrounds the oldest section of the city, and every year a group of six chariots, each drawn by four horses, race around the Walls in celebration of the city's founding.[6]

Slaver's Bay

The Fighting Pits of Meereen

Ghiscari fighting pits were viewed as civilised in Slaver's Bay.

The Great Games are a series of dramatic combat contests held in the Great Pit of Daznak in the city of Meereen. The Graces, priestesses of the local Ghiscari religion, give their blessings to these Games.[7]

Qarth 

Xaro Xhoan Daxos mentions festivals where the Pureborn tell stories of how the Qartheen removed their unjust kings from power long ago and established their current form of government (in which the Pureborn effectively rule as kings in all but name).[8]

References

  1. "No One"
  2. "And Now His Watch Is Ended"
  3. "Braavos (Histories & Lore)"
  4. "The Many-Faced God"
  5. "The Free Cities (Histories & Lore)"
  6. "Volantis (Histories & Lore)"
  7. "The Dance of Dragons"
  8. "Qarth (Histories & Lore)"
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