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Easter Not On the MMO Calendar

Posted Sat, Apr 15, 2006 by Ethec

Here comes Peter Cottontail... not.

There's not a lot of celebratin' going on this holiday weekend. The one exception: from the WoW.com community site we find that Noblegarden is scheduled for tomorrow, April 16th, in World of Warcraft. Events include an egg hunt and the availability of "formal attire." Anyone want odds on a server crash?

The great feast of Noblegarden has long been celebrated by the races of the Alliance and recently adopted by those of the Horde. On this joyous day, it is customary for the nobles and lords from each race to hide coins, candy, and the occasional treasures within special eggs painted to look like wildflowers. These eggs are then scattered around the major cities for the citizenry to find. From heroes to commoners, and everyone in between - the feast of Noblegarden is meant to bring communities together to share the joy of life and friendship.

MMOs are usually spoiling for a reason to celebrate, so the lull around Easter has always seemed strange to me. You'd think the Easter/Passover holiday season, which celebrates the hope of 2 billion Christians around the world (and Passover, a traditional feast celebrating deliverence for roughly 15 million Jews), would get a little more attention. Part of me is glad that grubby commercial hands haven't closed their grip around these important Spring holidays, but then again I'm a little irate that World of Warcraft players spent two weeks in February celebrating Chinese folk religion in elaborate fashion (Lunar Festival) when western religions get the back of the bus. I guess our faiths aren't as commercially viable. Oh well.

But at least Blizzard offered us a little something. In fact, World of Warcraft is the only blip on the holiday radar this weekend. So find out more about 'Noblegarden' at the WoW.com Community Site. I'll go eat some chocolate to calm down.


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