|“||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 bonfires, playing of the 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 through the lands and allow crops to grow.
Calanmai (Fire Night) is an annual celebration, that would have been created centuries before the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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. Feyre attempts to leave the manor 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, leaving to see the Fire Night celebrations. After arriving on horseback, she sees the Fire Night celebrations (and upcoming ceremony). Unfortunately, she is noticed by three faerie who uninvitedly fondle with her as they are fascinated by a mortal in their realm. An unnamed High 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 furious at Feyre's attendance to the ceremony even after both his and Tamlin's warnings. He explains the events of The Great Rite to her; leading to her final compliance to return to her rooms.
Despite Lucien's second warnings, Feyre decides to visit the kitchens (as she expects the ceremony to have finished). Whilst returning to her rooms, she encounters Tamlin; who is still under the influence of the Fire Night magic. He corners her against the wall, - where he bites her neck, leaving a bruise.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
After Tamlin believes Feyre to be abducted, he refused to perform the Great Rite, as told by Lucien after a brief conversation between him, Ianthe and Feyre about Summer Solstice where he stiffened at the sight of Ianthe. Lucien took Tamlin's place at Calanmai, taking Ianthe into the cave and performing the Rite. In turn, Feyre discovers that Ianthe had insisted it be her, blurring a line between willingness and duty, and gives Ianthe some power over Lucien where she feels entitled to him.
- 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.