|By DragonGirl028||Part of thecontinuity.|
The Full Moon Festival is a monthly ritual held by the proto-Water Tribe on every night of the full moon in honor of the Ocean and Moon Spirits, La and Tui, respectively. It is held to ensure friendly relations with the spirits, and is a cultural staple of the proto-Water Tribe.
Sometime before the era of Raava (i.e. before c. 19,829 BG), Tui and La manifested into the physical world and assumed mortal forms as koi fish. During the era of Raava, the power of waterbending was granted by the water lion turtle, who would temporarily bestow it as protection against the spirits to those entering the Spirit Wilds. However, once the lion turtles renounced their roles as protectors of humans upon the onset of the era of the Avatar, the creatures refused to grant people bending anymore. The descendants of the people living atop the water lion turtles eventually learned to waterbend once again by observing how the moon pushed and pulled the tides of the ocean; they learned how to simulate the effect themselves. In effect, they have a very strong spiritual connection to the Moon and its counterpart, the Ocean. In fact, waterbending is the sole bending art to originate from spirits, rather than animals, and additionally, any adverse effect on these spirits detrimentally affects waterbenders.
Due to the "guidance" of Tui and La in honing their waterbending abilities, the people of the proto-Water Tribe look upon the two spirits with immense respect and gratitude. This appreciation extends towards spirits on a general scale, as waterbenders who live in the polar regions recognize the northern and southern lights as peaceful spirits dancing in the sky that light up the night when the entities are in balance.
The celebrations consist at sunset, at which members of the proto-Water Tribe commute to a spiritual and sacred location at or nearby their settlements. There, at moonrise, they light candles throughout the location, and participate in a mass prayer to the spirits, with particular emphasis on the Ocean and Moon spirits. After the prayer has finished, a ceremonial meal commences, and various activities are also performed, such as mask-making, face-painting, and traditional storytelling. Those partaking in the event in the polar regions also include building snow sculptures as part of their activities.
- The residents of 's settlement—Kunatuk—congregate to the pond north of the settlement to partake in the festival. This location includes two paintings designed along a large sheet of rock on one side of the pond, one of which is the traditional symbol of yin and yang, while the other is a similar painting of Tui and La as the koi fish.
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