Canthan New Year
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!
The Canthan New Year (also called Lunar Festival as it use to occur around the Lunar New Year) is a yearly festival that celebrates the particular celestial animal which will watch over Canthans during the coming year. The festival begins on the fifth Thursday of the 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.
 Decorated towns
Shing Jea Monastery
- Coordinator Tahyaa
- Hai Len
- Johai Sohn
Plains of Jarin
 Other festivities
|Shing Jea Monastery||Lion's Arch||Kamadan, Jewel of Istan||Great Temple of Balthazar||Rollerbeetle Racing|
|Kao Tseng||Shing Jea Monastery||25 Festival Tickets||Factions|
|Lunar Fortune Giver||Shing Jea Monastery||3 Lunar Tokens||Factions|
|Lunar Gift Keeper||Shing Jea Monastery||5 Lunar Tokens||Factions|
|Qili||Shing Jea Monastery||1 Imperial Miniature Token||Factions|
|Seiji||Shing Jea Monastery||5 Victory Tokens||Factions|
|Sheng Yi||Shing Jea Monastery||10 Victory Tokens||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|
|Little Jack||Rollerbeetle Racing||200 Racing Medals||Core|
|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|
- Miniature Pigs were given to everyone in a 2007 district that had a successful finale; they also dropped from 2007 Lunar Fortunes.
- Miniature Celestial Pigs were available in 2008 from collectors in exchange for 5 Miniature Pigs .
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 number of successful dishes completed, players will be given rewards from the celestial.
- 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.
- Beginning with Canthan New Year 2013, the duration of the event was extended from a weekend to a week long event with the finales occurring on a Wednesday and Thursday (instead of on a Sunday and Monday [PST and UTC]). The start of the event was also changed to a fixed date instead of occurring on the weekend immediately after or during Chinese New Year.
- Prior to 2013, the Canthan New Year occurred on the weekend immediately after or during Chinese New Year, with the exception of 2012:
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||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|April Fools' Day||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Birthday Celebration||2nd • 3rd • 4th • 5th • 6th • 7th • 8th|
|Dragon Festival||2006 • 2007 (Redux) • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday in July||2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Halloween||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 (Redux) • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 (Redux) • 2010 • 2011 • 2012|
|Other annual events||Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Lucky weekend • Pirate Week • Special Treats Week • Sweet Treat Weekend • Wayfarer's Reverie|
|One-time only events||Day of the Tengu • Farewell to Gaile|