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The Top 7... fictional holidays


While would-be internet hipsters and public-radio listeners celebrate the increasingly inane Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept 19, WoW players take to the streets to actually act like pirates, raiding ships and burning towns and raping and pillaging and…

Oh, wait. They just dress like pirates? And pretend to join a crew of NPC pirates, who hang out on the roof of a bank while randomly firing cannons and playing pirate-themed music?

Uh… huh.

Well, it’s the thought that counts. And thinking about pirates is still fun (complaints that they’re “played out” notwithstanding), especially if one of them hangs out with something called an Assault Parrot.


As a real-time world that works off the GameCube’s/DS’/Wii’s internal clock, Animal Crossing requires a steady and sometimes serious time commitment. Stick with it, though, and you’ll be rewarded with – among other things – in-game analogues to real holidays. Thanksgiving becomes the Harvest Festival, Christmas is Gift Day and the Fourth of July is turned into a fireworks display that isn’t meant to celebrate anything in particular. And then there are the genuinely fake holidays, like Yay Day and La-Di-Day, which enable you to make minor adjustments to your town and its inhabitants.


Above: “Ha ha, hey, I’m a gullible idiot!”

Of course, these holidays do more than just change the décor on your surroundings; they require your participation. More specifically, they usually require that you find and chat with Tortimer, the weird old mayor of your town, to get some prize that’s unique to the holiday.


Above: Is Tortimer just a kindly old community leader, or a disturbing creep? We know which way he’s leaning in this image

Sure, it’s possible to experience all the holidays in rapid succession just by messing with your console’s clock, but for a truly special experience, we recommend letting things run their course and using AC’s holidays as a convenient excuse to escape from relatives and other real-life holiday obligations.

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33 comments

  • Black_X_1111 - January 1, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    What about the Picori Festival in the Minish Cap?
  • Auron - December 28, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    My best achievement http://www.splitreason.com/product/622# :)
  • floptickle - December 24, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    Damn... I was afraid that you forgot the all important Life Day! But you didn't let me down :) Happy Life Day to all :)
  • Sebastian16 - December 24, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    All I can say is "WTF" to the Star Wars video...
  • Shininmonk_e - December 23, 2008 8:37 p.m.

    Festivus trumps all ;)
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  • Tetsuo - December 23, 2008 8:35 a.m.

    How could you forget Emperor Tachyon appreciation day.... it's been extended to infinity +1
  • SligStorm - December 23, 2008 5:06 a.m.

    Damn that wizard and his disrespect for Saint Awesome.
  • foodlist97 - December 23, 2008 12:58 a.m.

    lol when i just clicked on this i though wookie day would be one of them
  • TheBlackTiger2234 - December 23, 2008 12:30 a.m.

    How bout the holiday in sonic????:-I
  • FierceDeity - December 23, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    Carnival of time - MM. i always have to mention majoras mask in my comments its like the law lol. also sing the chrono trigger gato song to the chorus of "thats not my name"" by the ting tings http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6UX0p7uAW2s
  • Stabby_Joe - December 22, 2008 11:27 p.m.

    "We love our king day?" Nope, when I play Civilization its "We love our dictator day!" And if you don't... muhahahahaaaaa!
  • Defguru7777 - December 22, 2008 10 p.m.

    How was the Castle Crashers' holiday not #1!!?? LOL
  • Romination - December 22, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    life day? REALLY? The universally reviled holiday from the universally reviled holiday classic!? ...it's like you made this list for me.
  • Ban - December 22, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    Feast of St. Awesome FTW!!Mikel
  • adertysohck - December 22, 2008 8:59 p.m.

    FOURTH WOOT!!!
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - December 22, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    Castle Crashers, haha I love you mikel
  • Falstad007 - December 22, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    First. Pirate day > all imo.
  • hammockguy - March 23, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    instead of pirates day, why not brewfest? unlimited beer!
  • MoonPig - February 27, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    LOL! We love teh king day.

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