Holiday: New Beginnings
Date: March 25th
Sacred Order: Bureau of Rain
The ice has melted and water once again flows freely through the warren! Crops and spring flowers are peeking through the soil, and the first of the baby bunnies are in tow!
The New Beginnings Holiday not only celebrates the beginning of Spring and all of the new life, but also encourages fresh starts for warren residents of all ages!
Beginning at sunrise on the 25th, the Oracle and his Forecasters are prepared to provide advanced mediation, conflict resolution, counseling, and healing.
While all bunnies do enter the Goodwill Grotto voluntarily, surprisingly only a handful of them are spontaneous! Many of them have been specifically invited to participate due to their observed behavior over the year. There is quite an elaborate reporting system! Neighbors can report neighbors, children can report parents…. basically anyone can report anyone. Most of the time, reports are made out of genuine concern and helpfulness, but once in a while reports are made out of mean spirit. These are almost always intercepted prior to the holiday and instead the sneaky reporter is drawn in for counseling and the exploration of their feelings.
Meanwhile, outside of the Grotto, “Goodwill Bean” creation is underway! Baby and young bunnies are gathered and each is presented with a dried white bean. The young bunnies are told to channel happy thoughts and goodwill into the bean as they color it!
The young bunnies then bring it home and plant it in their family garden. They are told that this plant will grow and thrive as long as they continue to feed it with happiness! This is traditionally a baby bunny’s first plant of their own.
(Of course, parent bunnies often hide backup bean plants should anything catastrophic happen to their baby’s Goodwill Bean!)