“Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city’s great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course…shooting fireworks!"
2012 Lunar Festival
Start: January 22nd, 2012
End: February 12th, 2012
Each year the Lunar Festival brings lot's of activities and quests to do. Earning Coins of Ancestry will even let you buy special rewards like Lunar Lantern and Festival Lantern, and special costume sets. Below is a condensed version of wowhead's 2012 guide: http://www.wowhead.com/guide=26#elders-kalimdor-30
Honoring elders is one of the main activities of the festival. In 2012's Lunar Festival, 9 elders have been added in zones new to Cataclysm.
Finding and honoring an elder will reward you with 75 reputation with all of your major city factions and a Coin of Ancestry, which can be used as a currency to purchase festival-related items. Honoring every elder will grant you 75 Coin of Ancestry, and a total of 5625 reputation (before bonuses). Players are reporting that you will not receive this reputation bonus applied to factions you are already Honored or above with.
You will also receive a Lucky Red Envelope from each elder via in-game mail, containing either a Lucky Rocket Cluster or Elder's Moonstone - so prepare for the mailbox spam! The Lucky Rocket Cluster can then be fired from a cluster launcher to gain the Lunar Fortune buff, +250 health.
Red = Located in Horde Capital Cities
Blue = Located in Alliance Capital Cities
Yellow = Located in the world
Green = Located in Dungeons
The Lunar Festival
Start: Lunar Festival Herald or Lunar Festival Emissary
End: Lunar Festival Harbinger
This quest is simply an introductory quest available from a Lunar Festival Herald or Lunar Festival Emissary, which are located in each of the major cities. The quest will send you to speak with a Lunar Festival Harbinger located at the city's main Lunar Festival camp, who will give you a new quest.
Start & End: Lunar Festival Harbinger
To complete this quest you must purchase fireworks from a nearby Lunar Festival Vendor and use them nearby. The large fireworks clusters (such as Blue Rocket Cluster) will require use of a firework launcher, which can be found on the ground around the main Lunar Festival camps. Simply purchase and fire off the specified quantity of fireworks and return the quest to pick up the follow-up.
You will receive a Lunar Festival Invitation which can be used to teleport to Moonglade by using it while standing in the 'Greater Moonlight' (a huge, white beam of light located in the main Festival camps). Once in Moonglade, you can teleport back to any major faction city by standing in the correct beam (which are distinguished by racial revelers around each beam). This invitation does have a duration but you can get a new one from the Lunar Festival Harbinger at any time during the festival.
Start: Lunar Festival Harbinger
End: Valadar Starsong
Upon arriving in Moonglade, seek out Valadar Starsong who is located on the northeastern platform overlooking Lake Elune'ara. He will welcome you to Moonglade and the Lunar Festival celebration and starts some new quests. Completion of this quest may be a prerequesite for his following quests.
Start & End: Valadar Starsong
This quest is actually flagged as a Raid quest in-game, though it shouldn't take very many level 70 or higher players at all to complete. Simply purchase (or acquire through quests or crafting) some rocket clusters from a Lunar Festival Vendor and head down to the Stormrage Barrow Dens in Moonglade, southeast of Lake Elune'ara. Fire off the fireworks in the nearby cluster launchers to alert the Minion of Omen to your presence. You can use the Elune's Candle obtained from Elune's Candle or purchased for 10 silver from Valadar Starsong to do additional damage to the Minions and Omen himself.
Continue firing off rockets and defeating the Minions and eventually the demon Omen will spawn. He is a Level ?? (Boss) NPC so his actual level will most likely be 3 levels higher than the average level of your group. Even still, he is not a very difficult boss (detailed information on fighting him can be found here). After Omen is defeated, you must be near his corpse to obtain the Elune's Blessing buff required to complete the quest. You don't have to get credit on the kill. Receive the buff and return to Valadar to complete the quest, which rewards the nifty Elune's Lantern which can turn Solid Stone into Elune Stone - not amazing, but still pretty cool!
Coins of Ancestry Rewards:
To Honor One's Elders
This achievement can be found in the main World Events achievement category and is awarded upon completion of every one of the Lunar Festival achievements. This achievement awards the player title 'Elder' and is a requirement towards completion of What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been (Alliance version) which rewards the beautiful Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake.
A Coin of Ancestry
Receive a Coin of Ancestry.
To complete this achievement, simply acquire a single Coin of Ancestry. This achievement has five different ranks, awarding achievements for 5 Coins of Ancestry, 10 Coins of Ancestry, 25 Coins of Ancestry and finally 50 Coins of Ancestry. Coins are acquired by completing the quests available from elders found in different zones (see tabs above).
Elders of Cataclysm
Honor the Elders which are located in zones opened by the cataclysm.
For this achievement, you must honor all 9 elders founded in zones added in Cataclysm. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above. This achievement is new to 2012.
Elders of Eastern Kingdoms
Honor the Elders which are located in Eastern Kingdoms.
For this achievement, you must honor all 17 elders found throughout the Eastern Kingdoms. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Elders of Kalimdor
Honor the Elders which are located in Kalimdor.
For this achievement, you must honor all 21 elders found throughout Kalimdor. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Elders of Northrend
Honor the Elders which are located in Northrend.
For this achievement, you must honor all 18 elders found throughout Northrend (and, incidentally, you must also have the Wrath of the Lich King expansion). For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Elders of the Dungeons
Honor the Elders which are located inside the dungeons.
For this achievement, you must honor all 13 elders found inside various dungeons of Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Northrend. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Elders of the Alliance
Honor the Elders which are located in the Alliance capital cities.
For this achievement, you must honor all 3 elders located in major Alliance cities. As the elders are friendly to both factions, this achievement is able to be completed by both Horde and Alliance players. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Elders of the Horde
Honor the Elders which are located in the Horde capital cities.
For this achievement, you must honor all 3 elders located in major Horde cities. As the elders are friendly to both factions, this achievement is able to be completed by both Horde and Alliance players. For elder locations, refer to the tabs above.
Complete the Elune's Blessing quest by defeating Omen.
To complete this achievement, you must complete the quest Elune's Blessing available from Valadar Starsong in Moonglade. This achievement does not actually require you to summon or defeat Omen, but just to obtain the Elune's Blessing buff by being near him when he is defeated (by other players or your own group).
Shoot off 10 Festival Firecrackers in 30 seconds or less.
To complete this achievement, simply purchase 10 Festival Firecracker from a Lunar Festival Vendor located at a Lunar Festival camp in Ironforge, Darnassus, Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, Undercity or Moonglade. Once you have obtained the fireworks, just hotkey them and fire them off as quickly as possible!
Lunar Festival Finery
Purchase a festive pant suit or festive dress with Coins of Ancestry.
To complete this achievement, you must purchase either a festive pant suit or festive dress from Valadar Starsong with Coin of Ancestry obtained from honoring the elders. The festival clothing can be purchased for 5 Coin of Ancestry. There are three different dresses and three different pant suits that can be purchased, so you can get all of them to complete your very own Lunar Festival wardrobe (though the achievement does only require one). The clothing is Bind on Pickup, but items can be purchased by characters of any level so this is a great opportunity to deck out your bank alt in style!
The Rocket's Red Glare
Shoot off 10 Red Rocket Clusters in 25 seconds or less.
To complete this achievement, simply purchase 10 Red Rocket Cluster from a Lunar Festival Vendor located at a Lunar Festival camp in Ironforge, Darnassus, Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, Undercity or Moonglade. Unlike other fireworks, cluster fireworks must be launched from a Cluster Launcher, which you can find on the ground throughout the camps or even have one crafted by an engineer (though that isn't really necessary). Find a launcher and fire away!
Keep in mind that you will need Elders of the Cataclysm to get the meta achievement this year.
I hope to get lot's of the achievements this year and the costumes, but I probably won't get the meta achievement.
Are you excited for this year's event?
Are there any achievements that you really want to do this year?
Will you visit all the elders this year?