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The Festival of the Sun (太陽の祭典,Taiyō no saiten?), also referred to as the Sun Festival, is an event that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). It is an annual festival celebrated by the people of Soleanna in honor of their patron and sun god, Solaris.
The Festival of the Sun is a grand and elaborate ceremony held annually in Castle Town, the center of the capital city of Soleanna, where the people of Soleanna gather to pay homage to Solaris, their patron deity and god of the sun.
The festival is held at night, but all buildings and towers are well-lighted and many fireworks are launched, adding a special mood to the event. Although all of the people pray to the sun, the most important actions come from the current monarch of Soleanna. He or she has the opportunity to travel through the rivers of Soleanna on a wonderful boat, while women dancers dancing ballet in front of the monarch in yellow dresses in choreographed manners, making a reference to the sunlight.
After the monarch has traveled through the city, the boat heads for the "Altar of Light" also known as the "Altar of Flame". This altar is placed in the Castle Town's central place. When the current monarch arrives, he/she is greeted by the bishop, then he/she is given a torch. The monarch is then supposed to light up the altar with the torch while giving thanks to Solaris and praying for peace. At the altar is lit into a beautiful blaze, more fireworks fill the sky and there is much rejoicing by the general populace.
In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the Festival of the Sun was underway, but shortly after Princess Elise had lit up the fountain, Dr. Eggman interrupted the celebration with an attack from his Egg Carrier and surrounded the festival with his robot army. No sooner, Sonic appeared on the scene and took the princess to safety. Following this, the Festival of the Sun was canceled.
When the timeline was reboot by Sonic and Elise, history was rewritten so the Festival of the Sun proceeded without Eggman's interfering. This time, Sonic watched the celebration among people.
The festival, in some ways, resembles the practices of Zorostrians.
Despite being dedicated to the sun, the Festival of the Sun is celebrated at night.
↑ 2.02.12.2Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "Sonic Boom". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 4. ISBN 978-0761555100. "Every year, the people of Soleanna gather in the center of the capital city to pay homage to Solaris, the sun god. At the center of this grand, elaborate ceremony is Princess Elise, the last surviving member of the once-great royal family. The princess lights a beautiful fountain of ﬁre, bathing the city in the crackling glow of a thousand ﬂames. Fireworks ﬁll the sky and there is much rejoicing by the general populace."