Weather prognastication is a common theme in polytheistic seasonal celebrations. Regionally, they may have been dependent on what was available in terms of animals and flora, where as others may been more esoteric in origin.
A contemporary and secular example would be Groundhog day. A more esoteric example would include cutting a piece/twig off of a beech tree to see if it is wet or dry. If it was wet, the winter would be cold. Dry would signify the opposite .
This holiday requires us to travel to swamps or marshlands to find seleciâ (neuter pl. ‘turtle) or just be on the lookout for them in general (as they can be spotted in the road during the warm seasons).
It’s a simple concept – If one finds the selecion (neuter sing.), warming themselves on a log or on the road, summer is officially here for the Leitodurakiî in the cultural sense. Turtles, being a sacred animal to the Leitodubrakiî, must be protected from hazards on the road when encountered (this happens plenty during rainy days). If they are facing a certain way, they must be escorted to the way they are going and then bid farewell. This applies to any variety of the seleciâ.
The feast or celebration for Seleciâ·Lîtuos would include summer foods such as fruit and cooked meat (of course exceptions can be made for the dietary restricted). Au̯eta/Nanî Seleceiâ is a focus and guest of honor during this celebration.
Side joke: Pizza is a good choice too.
- Traditions et légendes de la Belgique: Descriptions des fêtes religieuses et civiles, usages, croyances et pratiques populaires des Belges anciens et modernes Tome second by Le Baron de Reinsberg-Düringsfeld