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A UNION BENEATH THE LANTERNS [!] Spread all throughout Almaris, a red packet decorated and laced with golden embroideries was sent out to the whole city of Yong Ping and the citizens of its allies. Each packet’s contents included an invitation, written on rice paper in elegant Li-Wen calligraphy for those fluent in it, and common translation provided beneath it, detailing an event to take place in Yong Ping. For those who received special invitations, not only would they receive the flyer, but included along with it was a portrait of a couple, painted and drawn in the traditional Li-Ren style. [!] The following people would receive said special invitations: It is with the utmost excitement that Yong Ping invites you all- citizen, friend, and ally- to celebrate the first marriage within its borders, the union of Xiahong, eldest son of the Li family, and his beloved partner, Wu Zhelan. The procession and ceremony observed will be much like a festival in scale, following the customs native to Li-Guo itself: 親迎 / Qinying - The procession from the groom’s house to obtain his partner. The streets will be decorated in red and gold as they and the congregation advance on to the temple. 入府 / Rufu - Entering the gates of the temple, the couple will conceal their face with a silk fan, symbolizing modesty and goodness. 沃盥 / Woguan - The couple will wash their hands with flowing water, symbolizing the purity and sanctity of the wedding ceremony. 同牢 / Tonglao - Eating one piece of meat from the same vessel, symbolizing the bonding of the new couple. 合卺 / Hejin - Drinking from merged winecups, symbolizing the beginning of couple combining to become one. Following the ceremony at the temple, the congregation will join the newlyweds and their families to a large banquet at the teahouse, before they retire to their new residence. Signed by, Li Xiahong, Minister of Rites, and Wu Zhelan
[!] A flyer was be distributed round all of Almaris, with it's usual elegant Li-Wen calligraphy and common translation provided underneath. This flyer was special, a gold finish bordering the red sheet, with an illustration of Li-Ren adorned in gold, carrying a Dragon Dance Costume above their heads! DRAGON DANCE PARADE The people of Almaris have joined together and taken the time to welcome in the New Century with the people of Tai Ping through our Lunar Festival- first washing away our sins and pasts, to dazzling the sky with beautiful fireworks, and filling our bellies with feast. As the festivities slowly reach a close, there's no better way to end our year of celebrations with a bang. Join us once again for our Dragon Dance Parade! A long time tradition in our Lunar festival, accompanied by music and dance, we'll be parading our Dragon through the streets of nearly every city, not only bring it's once motionless body to life, but bringing joy and good luck wherever they go! Our Lion Dancer- the winner of our competition just a saint's day ago- will be alongside the nearly 9-meter serpent!