One of those times when both characters are playing “guess the meaning of the word from context” — and both getting it not-quite-right.
Like most societies on planets with an axis, Sønheim and Ceannis have “wow, it is cold and dark and miserable right now, so let’s light some fires and eat a bunch of rich food” winter holidays.
Since Sønheim gets the coldest and darkest, they have the best (and most marketable) holiday traditions. By the modern age, a fair portion of the people in neighboring countries — including Ceannis — are basically just celebrating their own adaptations of Szélanyanatt.
(Regular storyline continues tomorrow!)
No color-coding in this transcript because the strip takes place in the Magical Exposition AU, where the language barrier isn’t real and the fonts don’t matter.
If there’s anything else about the Leif & Thorn worldbuilding that you want to know, ask in the comments! Thorn is going to need things to explain on future Sundays.
Christmassy fanservice, Leif & Thorn style!
(Or rather, fanservice for the analogous in-universe “hooray, we survived the solstice, the sun is coming back” holidays.)
Leif celebrates Szélanyanatt, commemorated with a holly-wreath circlet and a bunch of stars. Normally the circlet would have candles attached, but “ballet dancing + live flame” didn’t seem like a safe combination.
For Thorn, the more common holiday symbols are fur-trimmed clothes — in his country, those aren’t the norm for most of the year, so they seem special — and ribbons. Lots of ribbons.