Canthan New Year 2011
The Year of the Rabbit is upon us—it's time for the annual Canthan New Year's Festival! Help honor the Celestial Rabbit, a heavenly hare that will descend from the sky to bestow good luck upon the populace for all of 2011—but only if the traditional New Year's feast meets the tiny beast's high standards!
The 2011 Canthan New Year was an event that ran from noon Pacific (-8 GMT) on Thursday, 3 February 2011 and ended at noon Pacific (-8 GMT) on Monday, 7 February 2011. On Sunday, February 6th, the Celestial Rabbit arrived every three hours to sample Canthan cuisine in Shing Jea Monastery.
|PST (UTC-8)||UTC / GMT||Description|
|Noon, Thursday 3 February 2011||20:00, Thursday 3 February 2011||Start of the event.|
| 12:01 am, Sunday 6 February 2011 until
12:01 am, Monday 7 February 2011
| 08:01, Sunday 6 February 2011 until
08:01, Monday 7 February 2011
| Finales every 3 hours.|
(See accompanying chart.)
|Noon, Monday 7 February 2011||20:00, Monday 7 February 2011||End of the event.|
| UTC / GMT|
(24 hr format)
|6:01 pm|| 02:01|
|9:01 pm|| 05:01|
| 12:01 am
Several Chefs stood in Shing Jea Monastery. They collected specific ingredients during the finale. For each ingredient turned in, you received a Lunar Token from that chef. If no dishes were prepared successfully, everyone in the district were temporarily transformed by the Rabbit Form disguise.
| Imperial Chef Yan
| Imperial Chef Reun
| Imperial Chef Jiong
| Imperial Chef Chen
| Imperial Chef Tian|
Below is a chart describing the amount of items the player received based on how many successful dishes were presented to the Celestial Rabbit:
Red Gift Bag
Crate of Fireworks
Celestial Summoning Stone
† If no successful dishes were created, players will be temporarily turned into Rabbits.
| Lion Mask|
A festival hat resembling the head of a lion dance costume.
A grand feast, fireworks, dancing, fortunes, and high-stakes rollerbeetle racing—all this and more await you during the Canthan New Year's Festival. Here's what you can expect:
- Satisfying the Celestial Rabbit is a tall order, especially since every festival has a few unexpected problems for enterprising young adventurers to solve.
- Want a preview of the coming year? The fortune teller can peer into your future and provide you with a very real, and legally binding, fortune. For good or ill, your destiny will follow you out into the world beyond Shing Jea.
- Play games on the Shing Jea Boardwalk to earn tickets and boost your luck—or play to lose, and work your way down a different life track.
- For you racing fans, make your way to the Rollerbeetle Racing Arena, where you'll be outfitted with your very own rollerbeetle racer, complete with its own set of racing skills.
- Head over to the Dragon Arena for a brawling good time.
- The Celestial Feast lets you participate in heated cooking competitions, where you'll help Canthan chefs prepare special dishes in honor of the Celestial Rabbit. Each properly prepared meal earns a reward from the Rabbit, but it's bad luck to annoy the bunny!
Every festival brings with it a variety of problems that can only be solved by enterprising young adventurers willing to undertake a quest or two to ensure the festival runs smoothly. Supplies of everything from red dye (for Nian-scaring party attire) to fireworks (also used to frighten off the Nian) will inevitably run low. And, speaking of the Nian, you never know when, or where, these New Year's festival hating creatures might attack. (Note: these quests were only offered to characters that have reached level 5 or higher)
Shing Jea Monastery
- Coordinator Tahyaa
- Johai Sohn
- Hai Len
Plains of Jarin
|Sugary Blue Drink: It's sweet and oh-so-handy when you need a quick boost of speed.|
|Champagne Popper: A brief-but-spectacular treat for the eyes and ears. They're a blast!|
|Bottle Rocket: Set off a single-shot firework high overhead—please aim away from faces and moa birds.|
|Sparkler: Light this up to create a cloud of sparks over your head—stand clear of flammable objects.|
|Red Bean Cake: These sweet treats put some pep in your step.|
|Bottle of Rice Wine: The traditional festival beverage. Don't drink and quest!|
|Red Gift Bag: It's festive, it's red, and you'll never know what's in it until you open it.|
|Lunar Fortune: Find out for sure how good or bad your luck will be in the coming year.|
|Lunar Token: Collect these tokens throughout the festival and trade them in for prizes.|
|Miniature Celestial Rabbit: Drop from Lunar Fortune.|
|Crate of Fireworks: Open it inside your Guild Hall and move a safe distance away!|
|Celestial Summoning Stone: Satisfy the Celestial Rabbit's appetite and you'll receive this reward at the end of a finale.|
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