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The Winter Solstice is a traditional festival in Elbaf.

Overview

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 Participants

History

Before the Fasting

The consumption of semla about to begin.

Sixty-three to sixty-two years ago, Charlotte Linlin learned about this tradition from her friend Gerd 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 Prince Loki, Goldberg, and Road as well as for the growth of all the children.[3]

The Evil Spirit Called Linlin and Carmel's Miracle

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...!
— Jorul expressing his hatred for Linlin.


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. Gerd 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. Jorul 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 Jorul before the giants calmed her by giving her semla. Carmel used her powers to suppress the flames into a sentient mini-sun but claimed that the sun god calmed the fires. Jorul used his last breath to call the other giants to bring judgement onto Linlin, so Jarul attempted to kill the child, only to reluctantly spare her when Carmel pleaded for mercy. Regardless, Jorul 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]

Trivia

  • 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.

References

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 10-17) and Episode 836, The Winter Solstice is explained and shown.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 15) and Episode 836, Carmel explains the festival's history.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 10-15) and Episode 836, Linlin learns about the festival.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 15-17) and Episode 836, Linlin rampages through Elbaf Village.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 867 (p. 2-9) and Episode 837, The Evil Spirit called Linlin and Carmel's Miracle.

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