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Kintana, also referred to as the Southern Starlight, or the Southern Astrosy, is a festival and one of two major holidays (the other is called Stellara) of the Astronist religion. Taking place annually as part of the Astronian year, it celebrates the winter solstice of the southern hemisphere, hence when the nights are at their peak and therefore the southern hemisphere during this time is considered to be at peak astronality.
Lasting for a total of four days, Kintana commences on 20th June and ends at midnight on 23rd June. Kintana celebrations consist of a starlight festival taking place and Astronist pilgrimages to major astronomical sites in the southern hemisphere. Kintana is often considered to be the lesser of the two major Astronist holidays simply because there are less countries celebrating Kintana at the same time than that of Stellara, the more widespread of the two. As such, Kintana has also been nicknamed the Latin Starlight (due to Kintana celebrations taking place throughout the South American continent), the Australian Starlight or the African Starlight.
It is thought that the Astronist Institution plans to celebrate Kintana with a starlight festival in a different country of the southern hemisphere every year to which the Padron is required to attend to officialise the event .
Kintana literally translates to star from the Malagasy language of Madagascar (a major site of Kintana celebrations and a place of Cometanic affinity).