Winterfair was a traditional Barrayaran holiday surrounding the winter solstice. Traditional foods for Winterfair included breads with cardamom and hot brillberry syrup.[1] Father Frost was believed to bring presents to children.[2][3]

The night of the solstice was marked by a ball at the Imperial Residence followed by midnight bonfires ("Bonfire Night")[4]. The following day was also a holiday; it was the first day of the new year (but not the fiscal year, as that was matched with the Emperor's Birthday).

Emperor Gregor held his betrothal ceremony on Winterfair[5], and Miles Vorkosigan held his wedding on the following one.[4]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Komarr chapter 17
  2. Barrayar chapter 13
  3. Mirror Dance chapters 4,32
  4. 4.0 4.1 Winterfair Gifts
  5. Memory chapter 28
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