The genesis of the festival, known alternately as the Festival of Giving and as the Feast of Bounty, is lost to history. What is known is that it grew to significance on a group of Outback worlds, from Molino to Weldon, during the Reunification War and expanded out from there. Equal parts religious and secular, this festival is very popular within the Outback and on major agrarian worlds, and it celebrates the annual harvest (or whichever of a world’s multiple harvests is typically the most bountiful). Of course, as every world has a different seasonal cycle, this particular festival is celebrated at varying times throughout the Federated Suns.
In fact, there are several interstellar concerns, the largest of which is owned and operated by the Green Star Corporation, that specialize in traveling from world to world to organize and run these celebrations. Every world observes slightly different customs in their celebration of the Festival of Giving or the Feast of Bounty, but in general the festival lasts from three to five days and includes the showing of animals, massive feasts, music, dancing, and sometimes a carnival.