While the ox may not be the most intimidating animal, the developers at ArenaNet are using that as the animal of their Guild Wars New Year celebration. Along with a special in-game appearance by the celestial ox, a redecorating of the Canthan towns and a horde of new items, there are also a number of special festival events to take part in, including a fortune teller and a number of problems for players to help fix.

Here's the official word:

Put on your best red gear and prepare for a journey to Shing Jea Monastery, because it's time for the annual Canthan New Year's Festival. This year's beast of honor is the Celestial Ox, a divine bovine that will descend from the heavens to bestow good luck upon the populace for all of 2009¬óbut only if the traditional New Year's feast is suitably delicious for such an illustrious guest.

The 2009 Canthan New Year's Festival begins at Noon Pacific (-8 GMT) on Friday, January 30, 2009 and will run all weekend, ending at Noon Pacific (-8 GMT) on Monday, February 2, 2009. On Sunday, February 1, the Celestial Ox will come down from the sky every three hours to sample Canthan delicacies in Shing Jea Monastery. Canthans living abroad won't be left out: Lion's Arch and Kamadan will also host smaller celebrations, complete with traditional New Year's decorations.

The feast culminates in dancing, fireworks, and a shower of gifts and special prizes for festival-goers, but only if the Ox is satisfied with the offering. Players can help ensure the Ox's blessing of good fortune by helping prepare dishes for the feast.

In addition to the great feast, players can explore the Shing Jea Boardwalk, encounter colorful NPCs who offer a variety of festival-themed quests, and visit the wandering Fortune Teller for a glimpse of their future destinies. Anyone who likes a good game of chance will enjoy the return of the Rollerbeetle Races, and those who are feeling slightly more combative can visit the Dragon Arena all weekend long for some all-out dodgeball action.

You can see all the detail over at the official Guild Wars site. Check it out!

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016