Autumn Fire Festival in the Himalayan Quad.
First, on this most auspicious day, a Dragonsnest natal-day shout-out to our friend (and next week’s guest blogger), The Dragon Master! Spiky-wiky cheers and draconic best wishes!
Most of you are likely getting ready for Friday’s Take Your Dragon to Work Day. Yet, in the midst of your preparations, take a moment today and cast your eyes to the East.
Though they are as rare in the West as basilisks in Trafalgar Square, it would be terribly remiss of us not to include the Oriental enchantments in the Month of the Dragon celebrations. So, today, we turn our attention to the weyrs of the Himalayan Quad. Extending from the Tibetan Plateau into the snow-crested peaks that comprise the Roof of the World, the Quad is home to at least four (hence Quad) thriving draconic communities. Centuries ago, villages turned to sprawling metropolises and no imperial imperatum could provide the lowland Dragons with the space and security they needed. Relocated in new mountain habitats, the scarcity of human beings makes the Quad Dragons positively gregarious. After all, they were living in realms few humans can tolerate. Nothing to fear at 15000 feet—they can afford to be playful.
October 13th is what amounts to a high holiday for these marvelous Asian Dragons—and, by extension, Dragons the world over. It marks the start of the Fire Festival—a riotous time when the Dragons light up the skies while the people in their purview gather the fall harvest and sow the winter crops. For week following October’s
full moon (a k a the Hunter’s or Kindly Moon, depending on one’s neck of the woods), the Dragons of the Himalayas dance over the mountain tops, their fire reflecting off K2’s glaciers and the clear waters of Lake Nam.
In support of our draconic friends, humans set bonfires ablaze, incinerating old woes and new wishes, letting them fly on the back of Dragons to the heavens.
In the U.S., Dragons use the day in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week to help clear fire breaks in Sanctuaries and National Parks Every Dragon knows you must be careful with fire within your own home—their work with the WAFDE and the Park Service is just a small way of giving back/paying forward.
Tonight, beneath the moon, take a moment. Write all your hopes and fears on a piece of paper, light it with Dragonfire, and dance till your feet are weary as the smoke rises!
Then get a good night’s rest: Tomorrow is Take Your Dragon to Work Day!
What wishes will you be sending skyward on the back of your Dragon? What troubles will you leave behind in ashes?