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The Winter Solstice is a traditional festival in Elbaf.

OverviewEdit

According to the beliefs of Elbaf, every year, a Winter Solstice Festival is held to celebrate "the death and rebirth of the sun". It is said that afterwards, the sun's warmth will return to end the winter season.[2]

Before the festival, it is custom to fast for twelve days. However, before fasting, the citizens eat semla for nutrition during that time. It is believed that the more one has trouble with the fasting, the more he or she will appreciate the return of the sun.[3]

Known ParticipantsEdit

HistoryEdit

Before the FastingEdit

Elbaf Village

The consumption of semla about to begin.

Sixty-three to sixty-two years ago, Charlotte Linlin learned about this tradition from her friend Gerth during her stay on Elbaf. Although skeptical about the lack of food for twelve days, Linlin was excited for the traditional semla the giants had before the fast, to the point of eating more than anyone and nearly deprived everybody else of it, and had to be restrained. At the beginning of the semla consumption, the villagers gave a toast to celebrate the births of Goldberg and Prince Loki.[3]

The Evil Spirit Called Linlin and Carmel's MiracleEdit

So you've finally done it, Linlin! You aren't qualified to give thanks to the sun...! Even if you are a child, there is a limit on how much one can forgive...!
— Jorl expressing his hatred for Linlin.
Linlin Destroys Elbaf's Village

Linlin ruins the fasting due to her cravings.

Linlin had experienced difficulties during the first half of the fasting, but on the seventh day, Linlin started one of her rampages on Elbaf and demanded semla. Gerth called Mother Carmel to the scene. However, by the time Carmel arrived to the village, Linlin had already destroyed most of it, leaving several adult giants lying on the ground, while others carrying their fallen comrades away from the flames. Jorl confronted Linlin, calling her an "evil spirit" unworthy to pay thanks to the sun and ignored Carmel's plea for forgiveness as he swung his sword towards Linlin.[4] The rampaging Linlin retaliated, shattering the sword and fatally injured Jorl before the giants calmed her by giving her semla. Although Carmel used her powers to suppress the flames into a sentient mini-sun, in which the giants thought she summoned the sun god, Jorl used his last breath to call the other giants to bring judgement onto Linlin. Jarl attempted to kill the child, only to reluctantly spare her when Carmel pleaded for mercy. Regardless, Jorl died from his injuries and this incident, known throughout Elbaf as the "The Evil Spirit called Linlin" and "Carmel's Miracle", was what earned Linlin the hatred of the giants.[5]

TriviaEdit

  • The festival is for a phenomenon called "the Winter solstice" which is the name given for the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
  • The fasting might be a reference to Lent, with the feast before the fasting resembling Carnival.

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 10-17), The Winter Solstice is explained and shown.
  2. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 15), Carmel explain the festival's history.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 10-15), Linlin learns about the festival.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 15-17), Linlin rampages through Elbaf Village.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 867 (p. 2-9), The Evil Spirit called Linlin and Carmel's Miracle.

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