Seasonal Events

Final Fantasy XI has many recurring seasonal events for the players to enjoy. Seasonal events often coincide with real-life feastdays, but with different names and purposes behind them. During a seasonal event there are various minigames to play, dependent on the on-going festival. These festivities might or might not differ from year to year.
Below are listed some of the most common recurring seasonal events. This is by no means meant to be a complete list of all events in Final Fantasy XI.

New Year's Event

The New Year's event usually takes place during the first week or two of a new year. There aren't too many things to do, although what is there is usually amusing.
The specific event taking place is related to the Chinese zodiac of the year, but with Vana'diel flair in it. This means that for example for 2009 which was the year of the ox, starter areas had herds of buffaloes running around, and for 2004 which was the year of the monkey there were opo-opos in Jeuno.

Valentione's Day

Valentione's Day is set around the time of Valentine's Day in real life. The event has moogles scattered around the starter cities, asking adventurers to distribute magical chocolates to the people of the cities for them, as well as various other activities.

Doll Festival

The Doll Festival is modeled after the Japanese festival Hinamatsuri, which is a day for young girls to visit temples. The name Doll Festival comes from the close inclusion of various traditional Japanese dolls in the festivities. The event takes place from late February to early March.
There aren't many structured activities to participate in, although the starter cities will be decorated accordingly in blooming pink cherry trees and Hinamatsuri-related backdrops. There is also the possibility of buying some related furniture for your Mog House.

See The Doll Festival for some more information.

Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza

Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza is a time for adventurers to gather around generous moogles and frantically attempt to trade or buy the eggs they need… The Egg-stravaganza is modeled after Easter, and takes place in late March or the early half of April.
The moogles scattered around the starter nations distribute eggs with letters of the alphabet on them, and trading the moogles eggs that spell out various things will net you some event-related or useful items.

Feast of Swords

The Feast of Swords is modeled after a Japanese festival for little boys, celebrating their aging. However, the Vana'diel version of the feast has little to do with the original festival. It takes place in late April to early or mid-May.
Feast of Swords includes moogles desperately trying to come up with a good event for adventurers, and something always inevitably going wrong. This results in adventurers having to run around and defeat various brigands dressed in traditional armor from the Far East.

See Feast of Swords for some more information.

Adventurer Appreciation

The Adventurer Appreciation campaign is set during late May, and celebrates the anniversary of the game. While the festivities are not many, there are moogles distributed to each of the three starter nations who tell adventurers some stats of their adventuring life - chat frequency, how many parties joined, how many GMs called, and other tidbits like that.
In addition, talking to these moogles will net players various gifts once per real-life day. Traditionally, the first gift of the year will be an Anniversary Ring, which is not obtainable any other way than through the Adventurer Appreciation campaign.

Celestial Nights

Celestial Nights is a late addition to the recurring seasonal events, only having been held since 2007. It is a festival celebrating an age-old story about a prince and a princess in foreign lands falling in love. It is set after a real life Japanese festival, and is set in late June to early or mid-July.
The Celestial Nights festivities involve helping out with the festivities in the three nations, keeping an enactment of that love story in line. The rewards are bamboo-furniture for your MH and several different yukatas.

See Celestial Nights for some more information.


Sunbreeze Festival

Sunbreeze is possibly the most awaited seasonal event of the year, running for several long weeks during August. It is modeled after Japanese summer festivities, of which there are many to ease the heat of mid-summer. Like in the real-world festivities, the Vana'diel version involves fireworks every night, traditional dancers, goldfish-catching booths, and several different minigames, these scattered all over the three nations.
In addition, starting in 2008 there has been a storyline about a super-heroine dancer trying to vanquish an evil foe.

See Sunbreeze Festival for some more information.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is modeled after real-world Halloween, and is set in late October. Like Sunbreeze Festival, the Harvest Festival has a long tradition and thus many different activities for adventurers to participate in. These include trick-or-treating and commemorating a coven of witches with annual rites, as well as fending off the unwelcome advances of the undead mage Pyracmon.

To read about the tale of the Dark Lilies coven, see part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Starlight Celebration

Starlight Celebration is the last seasonal event of the year, taking place in mid December, usually until the very last day of the year. Its real life correspondence is with Christmas.
Being one of the most anticipated events of the year, and also one of the ones with the most tradition behind it, Starlight Celebration has many small things to do for a player tired with their real-world celebrating. These involve various ways to obtain the Starlight equipment, like distributing seasonal cards to fellow adventurers and smashing apart boxes of various sizes in the starter areas.

See Starlight Celebration for some more information.

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