|“||Fire Night signals the official start of spring—in Prythian, as well as in the mortal world,||”|
–Lucien, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Fire Night also called Calanmai (pronounced: cal-an-may ) is a spring ceremony held in Prythian which signals the start of spring. In Fire Night, various celebrations occur including lighting bonfire, playing of drums and the Great Rite. Their crops also depend upon the magic in The Great Rite on Fire Night. Each High Lord must perform The Great Rite where they allow powerful magic to enter their bodies and seize control of them. It will cause him to attempt to find the Maiden and release magic that will spread though the lands and allow crops to grow.
Numerous Fire Night celebrations have most likely occurred before the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses as it is a yearly spring ceremony.
The Fire Night occurs in A Court of Thorns and Roses where Feyre is ordered by Tamlin to stay in the manor and not leave. However, Feyre attempts to leave to visit the Fire Night celebrations but is caught by a shirtless Tamlin who orders her to got to her chambers and lock the doors.
Feyre is unable to stay in her chambers as Tamlin ordered and leaves to see the Fire Night celebrations. She arrives by horse and finds dozens of faeries and bonfires around her. Unfortunately, she is noticed by three faerie who uninvitedly fondle with her as they are fascinated by a mortal in their realm. An unnamed Fae (who later turns out to be Rhysand) jumps in to help Feyre and walks her away. He offers to escort her to somewhere but she declines and he later leaves her.
Not long after, she is found by Lucien who appears to be rather angry at Feyre's attendance at the ceremony. He explains what The Great Rite to her and she finally agrees to stay in her chambers like Tamlin asked her to.
- Calan Mai is a celebration in Wales which is held on May 1st each year. Celebrations start on the evening before, known as May Eve, with bonfires; as with Calan Gaeaf or November 1, the night before is considered an Ysbrydnos or "spirit night" when spirits are out and about divination is possible . Calanmai in A Court of Thorns and Roses is a possible reference to this celebration.