Hapai au Nevi means "Night of Protection", and is a fundamental Amalou-Christian holiday. It occurs on October 31st, and therefore is often compared to Halloween, but the two are vastly different. Hapai au Nevi is based around prayer and faith and has no ties to Satan or monsters.
Hapai au Nevi began millennia ago, during the reign of the third Lord Destrien. He was very big on giving to those less fortunate and he decided to appoint Archangel Chamuel as the angel of Charity. He tasked her with spreading the word of selflessness. She and the Council designated Destrien's birthday as a day of prayer and charity, but it took a while for it to gain traction.
Chamuel decided that if the angels embraced this holiday in a larger way, perhaps it would catch on faster. Thus began the tradition of the archangels committing one act of ultimate charity on Hapai au Nevi. This is where most of the stories told around this time of year originate from.
Other angels began to follow suit in hopes of getting their own magnificent tales, while humans did it to feel like the virtuous heroes in their favorite stories. Those in need also took the day to pray for help, often praying for hours straight to show how in need they were.
On Hapai au Nevi churches become one of the most visited places. At night fall the devoted gather to pray for at least an hour straight. Those well off usually leave after the hour is finished, while the needy will sometimes sit within the church for the entire night. This shows strong faith and devotion, as well as the severity of one's situation so God can make a better decision about who to help. After the service small candies and gifts are often given to the children who attended.
Some people walk around the town handing out sweets or gifts the entire day and consider that their act of charity. Stores and companies will often offer free products and services for the duration of the day, and heavy sales throughout the rest of Hapana (November).
Numerous festivals are held in honor of the holiday and men and women often dress in the traditional attire when attending. Women dress in elegant blue robes and delicate tiaras to honor the Virgin Mary Emalia, who is best known for her story Star Catcher. Men dress in flowing green robes and intricate masks to honor Lord Destrien himself, who often hid his face because he was very self conscious.
Stories are told all through out the season, with many theaters offering free viewing of the movies based off of them. Tales like The Tulip Princess, Martyr Prince, and Ash-Lee are recited. Occasionally the archangels themselves may offer to tell their versions of the famous stories.
What is the most appealing about this holiday is the food. Many Amalou follow the same general course menu for the duration of the day, though there are some variations depending where you go. Vanilla cake is usually served for breakfast. Roasted turkey, string beans and pasta in sweet sauce are all presented at lunch. Lasagna, pound cake and ginger bread cookies comprise dinner.