There are a number of days in the Poku Saeruo Degonjo Mâi (year) that have significance to the Poku'vonai. They are called Ousaenori, which originally meant life days, the term has come to mean days of festivities. The singular is Ousaenor. The following Ousaenori are the current ones. It provides some basic information as to the origin, and customs.
This is the start of the new year for the Poku'vonai.
The original celebration on Otâgolisoy (Birth world) lasted from when the sun touched the land to the east, and continued until it set beyond the western coast. The current celebration lasts the same number of hours.
It is a day long celebration that involves going from one gathering to another. Typically starting with the Punla. The celebrants then go to the Ruoka gathering, and later to the Jael. After that the gatherings bo smaller, and the celebrants go visit with friends, visiting home after home until they end up back at their own home. Usually for this part of the celebration the various homes will post when they will be present to their friends so they can plan accordingly.
Business is not conducted, but social arrangements such as engagements are commonly worked out, or announced.
This day is a celebration of the baqlii (children) of the Poku'vonai.
This day is spent in a variety of ways. Some members with volunteer time and skills to do things for their Jael. Often times groups will combine for projects such as repairing Jael properties, facilities. Others spend the time visiting with members of the Jael who are sick or infirmed. Lastly many spend the day helping others outside of their Jael; performing the deed and just saying, 'A gift from <their> Jael'.
This is a solemn day, one marked with fasting by the adult members during the traditional daylight hours. Some members will go the entire day without eating. It marks the day that Otâgolisoy (Birth world) was lost. At each hour of the day bells or tones sound. All activity stops, and the adults and sometimes older children will at the end of each tone say, “Before the Great Divine, we oath to never forget.” Once the 'sun' has set the fast is broken and celebrations begin. Celebrating their survival and their accomplishments since the dark day.
This festival is a two day event that celebrates the achievements of the current Mui (Clan Leader). The first day is dedicated to the personal aspects of the Mui. The second day is devoted to their accomplishments as the Mui. It is typically a non-work day for the majority of the Poku'vonai. Typically there are festivities in the park of each Vonaieano'ka (City State).
On this day each person takes their equivalent tithe for one month and buy a bunch of items. Then during the day when they meet people who are not part of their family or Ruoka, the given them one of the items. It is a day to celebrate prosperity and abundance.
This is a five day festival where the Poku'vonai reflect upon things. Each day has a different theme. During these days the members do things to honor the particular theme.