Evil God Average
Chapter 64 Mysterious Tradition a�?Happy New Year and Cultural Exchangea�� (4th Commemoration Chapter)
a�?Well then, now we shall start the sacrificial ceremony to celebrate the new year!a�?
a�?Enough of that already.a�?
a�?Happy new year.a�?
a�?Happy new year, Anri-sama.a�?
a�?….Happy new year.a�?
a�?Happy new year.a�?
I exchanged greetings with Tena, Lily and Leonara in the dining hall.
This would be my first time experiencing a new year in this world.
a�?By the way, what do you guys do to celebrate the new year in this world?a�?
a�?Hmmm.. Well, to start with, we all have osechi together.a�? A�(*food served during the New Year’s Holidays)
a�?Osechi? You have those here?a�?
Suddenly hearing such a nostalgic word from Tena, I kinda got my hopes up.
The food I normally have are good but I do occasionally want to have some Japanese food.
I want to have a boiled taro.
a�?Yes, I have them prepared properly. Wait just a bit.a�?
a�?I will help.a�?
a�?Thank you, Lily.a�?
After Tena went down to the kitchen together with Lily, they soon came back with a few layered boxes.
They put those on the table, opened the lids and lined them up, side by side.
a�?Please dig in.a�?
Inside the box, there were salmons, steaks and many other colorful food, all packed.
Yep, it is great. It is great buta��. It is quite different from the osechi I know.
Isna��t this just packing what was called a�?western fooda�� in the previous world into a box?
a�?Osechi is something the hero of the past had come up with for esteemed new year food.a�?
a�?Ah, so thata��s whya��.a�?
They probably werena��t able to explain much more than packing in good food into a multi-tier box.
If they went to all that trouble then they could have introduced Japanese food tooa��
Well, the food is actually quite good so I guess it is okay.
a�?Leta��s dig in.a�?
Yep, these are delicious.
a�?What other things do you do?a�?
a�?Otoshidama. You give special money to the children for the new year.a�? (New yeara��s gift)
Ah, they also have the custom of otoshidama.
I stopped eating and was about to take out some silver coins from the item box to hand over to Tena and Lily but then,
a�?By the way, the custom is to drop it in front of their eyes, not hand it over directly.a�?
The hero who spread these customs, exactly what kind of person were theya��.?
Well, I guess it is fine. I dona��t feel like going too deep with it so I just gave it to them like the custom.
a�?Thank you for everything.a�?
a�?Ah, thank you very much!a�?
I went over in front of them and dropped the coins in front of their eyes.
The coins fell down due to gravity and landed on their hands.
a�?What about me?a�?
a�?Leonara, youa��re not a child anymore.a�?
Leaving that aside, I looked sideways to face Sophia and Amber. The two were peacefully celebrating the new year, not joining in on the conversation.
The two were already drinking by the time I woke up.
a�?Drinking from the morning?a�?
These hopeless humansa�� Ah, they are not actually humans.
a�?Ita��s okay, ita��s the new year after all.a�?
a�?Therea��s a custom of offering sake to the gods in the new year. So ita��s our duty as gods to drink these sake.a�?
Surely, these are sake offered to the gods but to me, it just looks like they are using it as an excuse to drink.
Well, I guess I will put that aside for now.
a�?What is this hand?a�?
Of course, it is for otoshidama.
I should have the right to receive some from these two veterans since I am just a beginner.
a�?You fool, why do we have to give you otoshidama?a�?
a�?I really dona��t think you will be doing something bad by showing your good sides as senpais to your cute kouhai.a�?
a�?Say those things with a little bit more cuteness!a�?
Ouch– my hand was slapped from above.
a�?In the first place, the Gods dona��t really have any money to begin with.a�?
a�?Yea, ita��s only you. Who is a God and is diligently earning money.a�?
Certainly, pure-borns like them would not need any money. They wona��t have a problem without the necessities of life and they dona��t also need to go shopping. It is only natural for them to not have any as they dona��t require any.
In short, they are penniless.
a�?That kinda makes me angry though, oi.a�?
Well, it doesna��t really matter. I wasna��t really expecting anything from them in the first place so I had nothing to lose.
I will just leave these drunkards alone.
I gave up trying to get otoshidama from them and returned to Tena and the others.
a�?What else do you do?a�?
a�?Umm, new yeara��s card?
You report your recent condition to someone far way.
I also just wrote a report to the demon territory a while ago.a�?
Is that really a new year card?
I kinda feel the nuance to be differenta��
a�?Why send something like that at this timing?a�?
a�?No, well, I dona��t quite know why but it has been like this since long ago.
Only once a year does not feel enough so I do send some periodically though.
Not a�?Sending reports of the new yeara�� but rather a�?Sending reports on the new year.a��, eh?
This, is it not just that the hero who brought the custom of the new year was feeling it was bothersome to write reports so they struggled to make it only once a year?
Well, at the very least, I do not have anyone to write reports to so I guess I will leave it as it is.
a�?And therea��s also the first shrine visit of year.
It doesna��t have to be today but it seems like they call the first visit of the year to the church that.a�?
First shrine visit, eha�� Come to think of it, I also went to the shrine on new yeara��s day and drew a fortune slip.
The result of the slip is a secret.
But, even if you talk of visiting a shrine —–
a�?This is the shrine.a�?
Since I am the God.
Who will I go to?
When I said that, it looked like Tena also realized it and gave a bitter smile.
But, in the next moment, she wore a serious face and started whispering something into Lilya��s ear.
When I was wondering what they might be talking about, both of them joined their hands before their chests.
a��…Wait, am I being prayed to now?
What do I do? I kinda feel really embarassed.
Incidentally, Leonara had gone to Ambera��s place to pray.
To not let them know of my embarrassment, I patted their heads.
a�?I will be counting on you guys this year too.a�?
By the way, if there is the concept of first visit, is it really okay for us 3 Gods to be here?