The ideas and concepts below were developed by several people from <Silvereye> on Argent Dawn EU, and have been developed further by night elf fans across both EU and US realms. The following content is strictly fan-made and should not be interpreted as official lore.
The first day of the New Elunian Calendar is the sacrifice of Nordrassil at the cessation of the Third War. The calendar is a variation of the traditional calendars from ancient kaldorei society and has been adapted in conjunction with the calendars of the Grand Alliance.
However, the kaldorei are not ones to shed millennia of tradition. They still celebrate the new year in accordance with their ancient lunisolar calendar, which is based on both moon phases and the time of the solar year. The celebration is known commonly as the Lunar Festival, and it is typically hosted by the druids of Nighthaven, who track the lunisolar calendar.
Known as the month of the “Opening Gate”, Xallvar is conveniently thought of as a month of new beginnings. The month follows the end of Norothil and the ancient celebration of Illthanyn, more commonly known as The Cleanse.
The month of the kimchi, or the sowing month. Astrahe is the time of year when the preservers of the Sentinel Army harvest fresh winter crops such as cabbage, radish, beets, and more to make rations for the army.
Dedicated in part to Ysera the Aspect of the Green Dragonflight, Yseralla is commonly known as the month of green grass or the month of the last frost. It is during Yseralla that the ice of winter seeps up from the soil and the earth becomes soft enough to cultivate.
The priests and priestesses of the Sisterhood of Elune hold Eludore with some significance, and denote it as the birth of Elune’s motherhood to all life on Azeroth. Commonly referred to as the month of Mother Moon and the birth of the Spring season. It is during Eludore that the kaldorei celebrate Imbel, a holiday that honors wisdom and knowledge gained in a lifetime.
Farhal is the month of culture and tradition, but is also recognized as the month of fertility. Many kaldorei towns and cities celebrate Byltan, the celebration of life. These celebrations typically involve cultural displays of dance, theatre, poetry and art as well as the consumption of large quantities of holiday spirits.
Sellistre marks the beginning of summer and is branded as the month of fortune, fashion and marriage, but is commonly called “Artisans Month” or “Hunters Month”. Traditionally, Sellistre signifies bountiful hunts, young love, and bright colors. It is prosperous for artisans especially, for the surplus in crafting materials that can be found in the wilds.
Named “High Month” to signify the peak of summer, Quel’Astra also serves as a reminder of a bygone era. In the summer heat, natural arcane magic flows more freely throughout the lands of Kalimdor. Quel’Asta is the time for creating new moonwells and purifying the land of unwelcome magical forces.
By tradition, the month of Mennare is the month of kinship, competition, and pride. Kaldorei friends and families often come together during this month to host parties, religious gatherings, and athletic competitions.
According to ancient astronomers, this month was named for the point in time when Elune gave birth to the children of the stars. Any historical documentation of the event has been lost to the ages, but the kaldorei honor the month as their birth month nonetheless, and it is celebrated with great feasts.
This new month of the Elunian calendar has been named “Guardians Month” in celebration of the Watchers and Sentinel Army, two revolutionary organizations that have protected the kaldorei people from the enemies of Elune for thousands of years. It is a time of honor, justice and patience.
Called the month of “Lingering Spirits”, Curuhen marks a spiritual time when the spirits of the forest cull life from the last tree and preserve it through winter. For most kaldorei, Curuhen is a time for farewell, when ancestors are remembered and preparations for winter are made.
The month of Norothil marks the beginning of the winter season and the rebirth of the sky. It is during this time, commonly called the dark month or the moonless month, that the sky becomes pregnant with clouds and sheds its annual light. Traditionally, kaldorei make sacrificial offerings to Elune and hang dreamcatchers over their beds to ward against misfortune for the coming year.
Imbel Date: Eludore Purpose: The Birth of Spring Summary: The birth of a new year and the beginning of winter’s loosening grip on the world. Traditionally Imbel is a celebration of knowledge and achievement.
Description: This is a time to celebrate the achievements of those associated with an order, be it the Cenarion Circle, Sisterhood of Elune, Sentinels or the recently returned Shen’dralar Highborne. Many orders come together to share feats of strength, tell stories or share songs about the past year. It is also a time to create new goals or discover near aspirations.
Byltan Date: Farhal Purpose: The Celebration of Life Summary: The counterpart to Samha, Byltan is a celebration of all that lives and breathes.
Description: Kaldorei gather with friends and family to celebrate the gift of life. Dancing, drinking, stories, poetry and songs are the order of the holiday. Making merry and enjoying life is the command. It was traditional, when the first stars appear in the night sky, for everyone to cleanse themselves in an act of rebirth in the mountain pools near Hyjal. This has been continued in the waters that flow through Darnassus.[/size]
Jurina'tore Date: Sellistre (Summer Solstice) Purpose: The Great Hunt Summary: Celebrated at the beginning of summer. When the land is fertile and rich and everywhere bursts with the green of plants and the hum of insects.
Description: A day dedicated to rest and refreshment, where the kaldorei slumber through the longest day of sunlight and awaken bright and ready for Jurina’tore. At dusk kaldorei of all ages, across Kalimdor, gather for the Great Hunt at the center of their village or city, donning yellow and gold clothes. Early evening is full of merriments, feasts and crafts; but at moonrise those willing to partake in the hunt gather and prepare. A symbolic chase begins with the hunted, citizens dressed as deer or other critter creatures, being pursued by the Hounds of Elune who are on foot wearing wolf masks. When and if caught the hunters return to their village and offer up their prey (the hunted).
As symbolized by the hunt, the Summer Solstice is a time of wealth and bounty, were each kaldorei is expected to make a donation to their people or an organization. As the donation is made they receive the blessing of Elune for their continued watch over their brethren.
Illuridei Date: Mennare (Autumnal Equinox) Purpose: The Watchers Flame Summary: A turning of the seasons ceremony. Leaves turn from green to a fireworks display of red and gold while heavy headed crops sway in the fields.
Description: The autumnal equinox is the ceremony of the Watchers Flame. It is celebrated from the breadbasket of kaldorei society, Ashenvale Forest. Held at night, a procession of kaldorei in red clothes bearing lanterns set out from Astranaar to the historic memorials in Azshara. The procession is led in an answer-reply style chant by the spiritual leader along the way. Upon arrival, each of the gathered receives the blessing of Elune for strength and wisdom.
A bounty of harvest is then prepared, where the past can be remembered and memories shared of times gone by. Songs, stories, poems and gifts are all exchanged at this event.
Lahassa Date: Kaldore Purpose: The Earth Bounty Harvest Summary: A harvest festival celebrating togetherness and to give thanks to loved ones, your community and the Goddess. The kaldorei acknowledge this month as the month they were born from the stars.
Description: Similar to the human Harvest Festival or Pilgrim’s Bounty, Lahassa is a celebration of the land’s bounty and riches. It is a day for feasting, drinking and sharing with those in your community. Traditionally many night elves make generous donations to the less fortunate on this day. It is also a time to place food offerings in the Temple of the Moon and other sacred places.
Samha Date: Curuhen Purpose: Time of Lingering Spirits Summary: The night when the veil between the worlds of life and death thins. It is also the time of the final harvest, when the crops are safely stored for the coming Winter.
Description: Also called Ancestor Night, it is a time when the kaldorei remember their beloved dead, their ancestors and The Ancients by honoring their examples. During this celebration kaldorei visit burial grounds where they take moments to remember those who have passed away or shrines of The Ancients to give thanks for their noble sacrifice. Following the commemorations, kaldorei gather around bonfires with friends and family to share stories about the dead, who have died for something greater than themselves.
Illthanyn Date: Norothil (Winter Solstice) Purpose: The Cleanse Summary: Celebrated at the beginning of winter, when the land is locked in ice and snow. Streams lie frozen and snow covers the ground like a blanket. Wrap up warm, for there are colder things than the weather.
Description: Recognized as the longest night of the year, and the eve of cleansing when Elune’s healing touch reaches out to her children. kaldorei all across Kalimdor don formal white clothes and gather in their town or city’s place of worship. Each kaldorei stands before a trinity of priestess and is scoured and cleansed of shadow. Once the ritual is complete the purified receive three blessings, one for defense against the shadow, one for the wisdom to recognize the shadow and one for the strength to fight the shadow.
Feasts are then held, in Elune’s name, where fruit, bread, cookies, sweetened meat, mulled wine and warm drinks are shared in Her honor.