The Rise of the Red Festival is an annual celebration that originated on Earth and has become a beloved tradition across the UEE and Banu protectorate. It involves the hiding and finding of gilded red envelopes, symbolizing hope and good luck for the upcoming year.
The Rise of the Red Festival is an annual celebration that takes place in late January or early February. It involves the hiding of millions of gilded red envelopes across the UEE (United Empire of Earth). Those who find these envelopes are rewarded with good luck tokens or credits, symbolizing hope for the upcoming year. The tradition of hiding the envelopes for anyone to find originated in the 26th century when the Banu embraced it as a way to honor Casa, their patron of luck. The festival’s origins can be traced back to Earth, where it was initially celebrated as the Lunar New Year.
The popularity of the Red Festival grew as colonists took the traditions to Mars in the 22nd century. However, it wasn’t until the early 25th century that its popularity exploded when an explorer claimed that celebrating the festival brought him luck on his journey. Today, the festival is widely celebrated across the UEE and Banu protectorate, with people wearing red and gold for good luck and exchanging gilded red envelopes.
The festival’s significance in human history can be attributed to the efforts of the United Nations of Earth. Facing overcrowding and declining quality of life on Earth, the UN created the Eastern expansion program to encourage colonization and exploration of new frontiers. This program, later known as Project Farstar, provided support to colonists and explorers, including discounted jump drives. One explorer, Wendel Dopps, celebrated the Red Festival with his family before embarking on a journey that led to the discovery of a new jump point in the soul system, challenging scientific predictions.
The tradition of launching on the final day of the Red Festival became common practice, with Shanghai being considered a lucky place to launch. The Project Farstar office in Shanghai played a significant role in recruiting and sending colonists off-world. The festival’s traditions spread as more colonists settled on new worlds, and the Banu traders, who encountered humanity in Davian, adopted and evolved the tradition of hiding and searching for lucky envelopes.
In conclusion, the Rise of the Red Festival is a celebration that originated on Earth and has become a beloved tradition across the UEE and Banu protectorate. It symbolizes hope and good luck for the upcoming year, with the tradition of hiding and finding gilded red envelopes becoming a central part of the festival. The festival’s popularity can be attributed to the efforts of the United Nations of Earth, the success of explorers like Wendel Dopps, and the influence of the Banu traders.