Cherry Blossom Festival
|April 1st — 7th
Names in other languages
The Cherry Blossom Festival (also known as the Cherry Festival)[nb 1] is an event in every first-generation Animal Crossing game. Leading up to and following the event, trees turn pink and cherry blossom petals fall from the sky. From April 5 to 7, a festival is held at the wishing well. Although the festival only appears in the first-generation games, the pink trees and falling cherry blossom petals still appear in all subsequent games in early April (October in the southern hemisphere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons).
In Animal Crossing
In every first-generation Animal Crossing game, all regular and fruit trees bloom pink beginning on April 1, and cherry blossom petals fall from the sky beginning on April 5; both last until April 8. The Cherry Blossom Festival itself takes place from April 5 to April 7, where villagers gather around the wishing well to celebrate around tables (tatami mats in Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+) full of food, and beginning in Doubutsu no Mori+, Tortimer appears and gives the player a pink tree model when spoken to.
When the town's weather is that of cherry blossom leaves falling, the town's hourly music will use slightly different variants, similar to when it is snowing. During the Cherry Blossom Festival itself, a celebratory theme will play. The theme used in Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+ was changed from a traditional Japanese theme to a more erratic waltz-like track for Animal Crossing, which was kept in Doubutsu no Mori e+. The original theme was remixed into the K.K. Slider song "Spring Blossoms" beginning in Doubutsu no Mori e+.
In other games
In subsequent games, the festival is not specifically celebrated, but the town's tree leaves (except for cedar trees) will be replaced with pink cherry blossom petals in early April. In Wild World, this lasts until the end of the Flower Fest on the second Monday of the month. In City Folk, this takes place from April 1 to April 8, while it takes place during the first ten days of April in the Nothern Hemisphere or October in the Southern Hemisphere in New Leaf and New Horizons.
Additionally, in New Leaf, the Town Tree's leaves will turn pink, with pink petals blowing across the town, and for the first time in the series, every fruit tree will be devoid of cherry blossom petals, their leaves remaining green.
In New Horizons, cherry-blossom petals can be found floating around town; like snowflakes in New Leaf, they can be caught with a net, and like most materials in New Horizons can be stacked within a single slot (with up to ten petals being stackable at once). Using DIY recipes obtained from balloon presents, the player can use petals as materials to craft Cherry Blossoms Series items.
In the nothern hemisphere, if the cherry blossom bloom overlaps with Bunny Day and the day leadup to it (such as during the game's launch year of 2020 when Bunny Day lasted from April 1 to April 12), Bunny Day DIY recipes will coincide with cherry blossom DIY recipes. In the southern hemishpere, the cherry blossom bloom overlaps with Halloween, therefore, the Halloween DIY recipes will coincide with cherry blossom DIY recipes.
- In the diary in Animal Crossing.