The fact is that holidays in the real world have national, religious, or cultural implications that aren't universal. Obviously, even the WORD "holiday" has a religiously-loaded etymology. Even New Year (the most secular holiday I can think of) isn't necessarily shared by the Chinese (well they have it, just at a different time).
Ergo, if you're going to have holidays in a game (which I think is fun) you have to pick SOME arbitrary dates. Generally, since Anet is an AMERICAN company, it would be reasonable to assume that they are going to be American/Western holidates.
But since this is a FANTASY world, let's look at it from a less ethnocentric view, then.
TYPICALLY, every culture has festivals for:
4) "spring is here"
5) "harvest time"
...plus usually some other specific ones that are special days of cultural, religious, national, or other significance.
Of course, many places 'map' their holidays onto these primaries. Christianity was incredibly successful in doing so - in the US they "own" Christmas and Easter. (Sorry Kwanzaa, it's just too forced.) In the US it's: 1) New Year 2) Christmas 3) 4th of July 4) Easter and Spring Break and Memorial Day...sort of. 5) Labor Day?
So there's a solid logical basis for Anet having world-wide festivals on these 5 points, AS WELL AS a good argument for them implementing narrow, smaller local festivals "just for Hoelbrak" or even an occasional local festival, like the "Garenhoff Fish Fest", a weekend where (only in Garenhoff) there's a special surplus of local foods and beverages, karma bonuses (everyone's in a good mood, right?), minigames, contests, etc. The Charr certainly would have a special day for the fall of Ascalon (probably celebratory, as Charr don't seem the type to mourn much at all), Sylvari would likely have a festival commemorating the day the first-born became aware. Etc.
Edited by Ethereal, 04 November 2012 - 06:00 AM.
Next time, please use a font that can be seen without the need for a magnifying glass. :P