Canthan New Year

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Join the people of Cantha as they honor the Celestial Animal of the coming year by preparing a heavenly feast! This annual weekend celebration features Canthan cuisine, festive fireworks, special prizes, and the famed Shing Jea Boardwalk!

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Animal Year
Pig 2007
Rat 2008
Ox 2009
Tiger 2010
Rabbit 2011
Dragon 2012
Snake 2013
Horse 2014
Sheep 2015
Monkey 2016
Rooster 2017
Dog 2018

The Canthan New Year (also called Lunar Festival as it occurs around the Lunar New Year) is a yearly festival that celebrates the particular celestial animal which will watch over Canthans during the coming year. During the celebrations Canthan citizens work to prepare special meals for the celestial animal and if the animal is pleased, it will bestow good luck upon the citizens. The primary celebrations occur on Shing Jea Island on the Shing Jea Boardwalk, but Canthan citizens have brought the tradition on a smaller scale to both Lion's Arch and Kamadan.

Players present for a finale are always presented with a Lion Mask festival hat as a traditionally themed item of the holiday.


Sunqua Vale

Shing Jea Monastery

Plains of Jarin


Other festivities

Each Canthan New Year will make the Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Racing available for use as well. Lunar Tokens will also drop from PvE foes for the duration of the event.


These Canthan New Year NPCs appear with Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs:

Shing Jea Monastery Lion's Arch Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Great Temple of Balthazar
  • Fortune Teller


Chef salute.png
Name Location Collects Campaign
Lunar Fortune Giver Shing Jea Monastery 3 Lunar Tokens Factions
Lunar Gift Keeper Shing Jea Monastery 5 Lunar Tokens Factions
Sheng Yi Shing Jea Monastery 10 Victory Tokens Factions
Seiji Shing Jea Monastery 5 Victory Tokens Factions
Kao Tseng Shing Jea Monastery 25 Festival Tickets Factions
Lunar Gift Keeper Lion's Arch 5 Lunar Tokens Prophecies
Zaishen Supply Master Lion's Arch 5 Victory Tokens Prophecies
Zaishen Supply Master Lion's Arch 10 Victory Tokens Prophecies
Lunar Gift Keeper Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 5 Lunar Tokens Nightfall
Zaishen Supply Master Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 5 Victory Tokens Nightfall
Zaishen Supply Master Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 10 Victory Tokens Nightfall
Lunar Gift Keeper Great Temple of Balthazar 5 Lunar Tokens Core
Zaishen Supply Master Great Temple of Balthazar 5 Victory Tokens Core
Zaishen Supply Master Great Temple of Balthazar 10 Victory Tokens Core


Icon Item Icon Item
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine Lunar Token.png Lunar Token
Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket Sparkler.png Sparkler
Celestial Summoning Stone.png Celestial Summoning Stone Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake
Crate of Fireworks.png Crate of Fireworks Red Gift Bag.png Red Gift Bag
Lunar Fortune.png Lunar Fortune


Lion Mask
Lion Mask.png


Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Miniature Miniature Pig.png
Miniature Celestial Pig.png
Celestial Pig2
Miniature Celestial Rat.png
Celestial Rat
Miniature Celestial Ox.png
Celestial Ox
Miniature Celestial Tiger.png
Celestial Tiger
Miniature Celestial Rabbit.png
Celestial Rabbit
Miniature Celestial Dragon.png
Celestial Dragon

Acquistion notes

Canthan New Year miniatures drop from Lunar Fortunes with two exceptions:

  1. (Ordinary) Miniature Pigs were given to everyone in a 2007 district that had a successful finale; they also dropped from 2007 Lunar Fortunes.
  2. Celestial Pigs were available in 2008 from collectors in exchange for 5 ordinary Pigs.
  3. The ones how got all the Celestial mini pets , will be granted with a Guild Wars 2 copy


The Canthan New Year finale is a time when the celestial animal will visit Shing Jea Monastery to bring in the new year. Imperial Chefs will ask players to hand in ingredients within a ten minutes countdown. Depending on the the number of successful dishes completed, players will be given rewards from the celestial.


  • With the exception of 2012, Canthan New Year occurs in the weekend immediately after or during Chinese New Year:
Year Canthan New Year Chinese New Year
2007 16 – 19 February 18 February
2008 8 – 11 February 7 February
2009 30 January – 2 February 26 January
2010 12 – 15 February 14 February
2011 3 – 7 February 3 February
2012 2 – 6 February 23 January


  • Canthan New Year draws inspiration from the Chinese New Year. Among many similarities, the zodiacal animals match with Chinese astrology, the Nian are creatures from the Chinese New Year, and the festival culminates in a huge banquet.

Special events
Canthan New Year 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
April Fools' Day 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
Anniversary Celebration 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th onward
Dragon Festival 20062007 (Redux) • 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Wintersday in July 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Halloween 2005200620072008 (Redux) • 200920102011201220132014 onward
Wintersday 20052006200720082009 (Redux) • 2010201120122013 onward
Other annual events Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLucky Treats WeekPirate Week
Special Treats WeekSweet Treats WeekWayfarer's Reverie
One-time only events Day of the TenguFarewell to Gaile