Maiden's Day

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Maiden's Day is a holy day in the calendar of the Faith of the Seven. On that day maidens of noble houses are required to go to the sept to light tall white candles at the Maiden's feet and hang parchment garlands about her neck. Mothers, whores and widows are barred from the sept along with men. Those maidens who enter the sept sing songs of innocence.[1]

Maiden's Day does not appear to have a set date in the year.[2] At two occasions, Maiden's Day is known to have occurred within the first half of the year,[N 1] while at another, sometimes near the end of a year.[N 2]

History

In 133 AC, a ball was held in King's Landing to find a second wife for King Aegon III Targaryen after the death of his first wife, Queen Jaehaera. Mushroom dubbed the ball as the "Maiden's Day Cattle Show".[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

King Tommen I Baratheon tells his mother, Cersei Lannister, that his wife, Margaery Tyrell, has to fast and purify for Maiden's Day.[1]

Notes

  1. In 130 AC, Maiden's Day took place before the death of Prince Daemon Targaryen on the twenty-second day of the fifth moon of that year (Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant), placing Maiden's Day within the first half of 130 AC. In 300 AC, Maiden's Day took place before Cersei Lannister's arrest (A Feast for Crows, Cersei IX). By the time Jaime Lannister learns of Cersei's arrest, the siege of Raventree Hall, which had begun in late 299 AC, had lasted for "half a year" (A Dance with Dragons, Jaime I), placing Maiden's Day within the first half of the year of 300 AC.
  2. The ball held on Maiden's Day in 133 AC took place at some point during the last few days of the year.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  2. [Spoilers] Fire and Blood Errata: Maiden's Day(November 29, 2018)
  3. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.