"I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?"
     --Henry David Thoreau

"His fontanelle pulses with lives that he's lived
With memories he'll learn to ignore
And when it is closed, he already knows
He's forgotten all he knew before
But when sleep sets in
History begins
But the future will win..."
     --Barenaked Ladies

Oyasumi, in Japanese, means a holiday, as in a short vacation from work and ordinary routine. However, as part of the phrase oyasumi nasai, it is also a salutation used before sleep: good night.

Prologue: Yomiya
Eve, as in the day before a festival or religious observance.

Kodomo no Hi
Japan: Children's Day.

Seijin no Hi
Japan: Coming of Age Day.

'Id al Adha
Islam: the culmination of the Hajj, or holy pilgrimage; the festival of sacrifice.

Judeo-Christian: the sacred day of rest.

Chung Yuan
China: a festival held during the month of the calendar in which the gates of hell are said to be opened, and the dead walking the earth; the name can be translated as "festival of the hungry ghosts". (The Worldwide Holiday and Festival Site)

Gangasagar Mela
Hinduism: part of the winter solstice celebration in India; the day reserved for bathing and purification in the sacred river Ganges. (The Worldwide Holiday and Festival Site)

Wicca: the beginning of the Wiccan year; the night when the line between the world of the living and the world of the dead is blurred.

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