on Fiction University:
People have been setting aside dates to celebrate since the beginning of time—harvest festivals, sun festivals, athletic events and days that marked times of the year. Any excuse to get together and party!
Some holidays (I’m looking at you, Christmas!) certainly get a lot of attention and love in fiction, enough that it’s marked as its own genre. But other holidays can be great fodder as well. Easter, Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Year’s…any one of them could be the perfect backdrop to enrich your story.
Celebrations don’t need to be a big deal or the focus of the book to work. Holidays don’t even need to be real—perhaps your fantasy world has its own holidays that shed new light on the culture or people.
Regardless of how you approach it, here are five ways a holiday might benefit your current WIP.