UEE holiday celebrated by Humans and Banu often involving gift giving
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Event typeBanu holiday & United Empire of Earth holiday
OrganizerBanu & Humans
LocationBanu Protectorate & United Empire of Earth
Date startDecember 22, Annually (Annually-12-22)
Date endDecember 24, Annually (Annually-12-24)

Luminalia is a holiday celebrated by both Banu and Humans annually on December 22. It originated as the irregularly-held Banu festival tsikti efanga ( Banu: tsikti efanga(tsikti efanga); literally Glow Festival; ), marked by the lighting of ceremonial lamps that stay lit until their fuel is consumed (about 34,000 beats / 2 Standard Earth Days). While the lamps are burning, all Banu, no matter where they are, are considered one Souli. They invite friends, business associates, and passing strangers into their Soulis and give them gifts so they will always have something to sell. All attendees are expected to provide food, drinks, and/or party favors in return, and if they can’t, the host will often have those items available for sale.

Humans in the Davien system began to participate in the festival with Banu shortly after the Banu-Human Interstellar Peace and Trade Accord in 2438, when a ship repair Souli on Cestulus lit their lamps and invited Humans to come and celebrate with them. It spread from system to system as Humans in commercial workshops or trading ships used the festival to boost sales. Private events for family, friends, and extended families inspired by these profitable galas became common enough that the United Empire of Earth (UEE) officially recognized Luminalia as a holiday in 2557. Banu began to light their lamps alongside Humans as a symbol of friendship and a way to enjoy an increase in business. As the holiday grew in popularity, Human merchants modified the traditional gift sharing by hiding empty gift-wrapped packages that could be returned unopened in exchange for a surprise like a few credits or a small toy. The increased foot traffic into their stores increased holiday sales and became a tradition in its own right. Today, Banu and Humans commemorate Luminalia with gift-exchanges, present hunts, glowing lights, gatherings of family, friends, business associates, and acquaintances, food and drink, limited-time discounts, and decorations in green and red.[1]

Gift box

These boxes are scattered across different locations around the 'verse during the holiday event and can be sold at trading terminals. Initially priced at 1000 aUEC per box, some members of the community expressed their belief that the value was excessive considering players just simply collected them. Consequently, CIG decided to reduce the value to 500 aUEC per box.

Commemorative items

Luminalia clearly has similarities with real life Christmas, and in the community, this typically means that CIG will start the event with a countdown calendar to similar to "Twelve days of Christmas" and advents calendars. The Days of Gifts count down to December the 22nd, Backers who visit the comm-link page daily will be able to claim a different gift on each day.


Day Image Item
Day 1
Icebreak And Deck The Hull Paints for the Drake Cutter
Day 2
Piconalia Sweater
Day 3
Icebreak And Deck The Hull Paints for the MISC Prospector
Day 4
Luminalia Mug
Day 5
Icebreak And Deck The Hull Paints for the Drake Vulture
Day 6
Luminalia Cookie Jar
Day 7
Icebreak And Deck The Hull Paints for the MISC Freelancer
Day 8
Klaus & Werner Demeco "Ultraviolet" LMG featuring eye-catching violet and orchid coloring
Day 9
Forgiveness Sweater
Day 10
Gemini F55 "Alpine Sunset" LMG featuring green and red coloring
Day 11
Luminalia Light Stick
Day 12
Kastak Arms Scalpel "Permafrost" sniper rifle and Sizi Knife
Day Image Item
Day 1
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"One Light" Luminalia shirts
Day 2
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IceBreak and Deck the Hull paints for the 100i
Day 3
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"One Light" Luminalia undersuits
Day 4
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IceBreak and Deck the Hull Paints for the Avenger series
Day 5
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Luminalia Sextant
Day 6
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IceBreak and Deck the Hull paints for the Nomad
Day 7
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Luminalia Arrowhead "Lamplighter" Sniper Rifle, FS-9 "Evergreen" LMG, and Ravager-212 "Bright Star" Twin Shotgun
Day 8
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Red, Teal, and Blue "One Light" Luminalia beanies
Day 9
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Luminalia Pico the Penguin plushie
Day 10
C54 "Luminalia" SMG
Day 11
Luminalia Finley the Stormwal plushie
Day 12
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Myondo Knife


See also


  1. Galactapedia: Luminalia. Galactapedia. Retrieved 2020-11-5

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