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The Wing Ceremony (also known as the Birdrider's Ceremony) is an annual event held on Skyloft for students enrolled in the Knight Academy that consists of a competition and a formal ceremony with the participants reenacting the roles of the Goddess Hylia and her Chosen Hero. In the competition, the participants must mount their Loftwings and chase after a golden bird carrying a Bird Statuette. The one who claims the statue first will be declared the champion and as a prize will advance to the next class level at the academy and will take part in the ceremony playing the part of the Goddess's Hero.
The game begins in the morning when this year's Wing Ceremony will take place. Zelda was chosen to play the role of the Goddess Hylia and the winner will take part in the ceremony with her.. As Link, Groose, Cawlin and Strich prepare to begin, Gaepora will warn Groose to play fairly, as he is known for being a bully. When the event begins, the participants will dive off the pier and call their Loftwings. After some maneuvering and occasional charging, Link will be able to approach the golden bird. Members of Groose's gang will push him away from it and begin throwing eggs so that Groose, their leader, can win instead.
With some skill, Link can come near the bird a second time and claim the Bird Statue. If the young hero gets it, he'll wave it around, eagerly waiting to show it to Zelda. Following this, Zelda will suddenly shout at Link and jump off the pier. Link worriedly rushes to catch her, and does so successfully without injury. She will congratulate him on his performance and urge him to move on to the ceremony.
The ceremony takes place on the hands of the Statue of the Goddess. During the ceremony, Zelda plays the role of the Goddess Hylia and Link, the winner, plays the role of the Goddess's Hero. Zelda gives Link the Sailcloth as a prize which symbolizes the sailcloth that the Goddess gave to her Hero. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Hero is supposed to dive off the statue and land inside a circle on the ground. However, instead of Link jumping off, Zelda pushes Link off of the statue.
Zelda presents Link with the Sailcloth as the prize for winning the ceremony
- ↑ "At last we are ready to begin the birdrider's ceremony." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "I have attached a small statue to this bird, who I will then release to the skies." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "You got the Bird Statue! It proves your victory today. Wait till Zelda sees this!" — Narration (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Whoever catches the bird and claims the statue with [A] will be this year's champion." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "As you know, today's champion will receive a gift from none other than... The lovely Zelda!" — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Also, I want to see good clean flying. No interfering with your fellow riders." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "That goes double for you, boy!" — Gaepora (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "On my signal, press [A] to dash and dive off the ledge, then call your bird with [D-down]." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Hey! Don't you know this is my day to get all the glory?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Yeah, you heard him! Let's see you fly so good with egg on your face." — Cawlin (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Don't worry, I'm fine!" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Great flying, Link! Congratulations! Now we'd better get on with the ceremony!" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||鳥乗りの儀 (Tori Nori no Gi)||Birdrider's Ceremony|
|Spanish||Torneo celeste||Celestial Tournament|
|French||Chevauchée celeste||Celestial Ride|
|Chevauchée céleste||Celestial Ride|