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Trip: February

There are [15] stories from my trip: February


February - Oruro Carnival, Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [2264] | Video

Location: Oruro, Bolivia Dates: 10 days around Ash Wednesday Level of Participation: 3 – you won’t be a devil but you might be singled out for the water bombs. Description: Listed by Unesco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage ... Read more >

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February - Carnaval De Binche, Belgium

BELGIUM | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [2568]

Location: Binche, Belgium. The parade begins at the town hall. Dates: Shrove Tuesday Level of Participation: 2 – you will be pelted with oranges but you won’t be able to retaliate Description: Come prepared for a bruising at Belgium’s most ... Read more >

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February - Thaipusam, Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [1430] | Video

Warning: Video is not for the faint hearted! Location: Batu Caves, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dates: Full moon day in the 10th Tamil month of Thai (mid-January to mid-February) Level of Participation: 1 – watch the pain from the ... Read more >

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Inside World Festivals: Carnival in Rio

BRAZIL | Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [2470]

Rio de Janiero: "Whole Planet Carnival" Easily one of the most celebrated and exhilarating events worldwide is the Rio Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro.   Occurring each year, 40 days before Easter, hundreds of thousands of people ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, carnaval, carnival, holidays, parades, party, rio, rio de janiero, south america, world festivals


February - Maslenitsa, Russia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1794] | Video

Location: Vassilyevsky Spusk, Moscow, Russia Dates: Last week before Lent Level of Participation: 4 – stuff yourself silly Description: Akin to Mardi Gras, Russia’s only surviving pagan festival celebrates the end of winter and the beginning ... Read more >

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February - Art Deco Weekend, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1332] | Video

Location: Venues around Napier and Hastings, New Zealand Dates: Third weekend of February Level of Participation: 4 – frock up for a Gatsby-style weekend Description: When the Hawkes Bay town of Napier was all but destroyed by an earthquake ... Read more >

Tags: art deco weekend, napier, new zealand, world festivals


February - Saidai-Ji eyo (Naked Festival), Japan

JAPAN | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [2686] | Video

Location: Kannon-in temple, Saidai-ji, Japan Dates: Third Saturday in February Level of Participation: 5 – men are free to join in the violent battle Description: Naked Festivals are common (if a little overstated, since participants wear ... Read more >

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February- Pasola, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1052] | Video

Location: Sumba, Indonesia Dates: During February and March; the timing is determined by the arrival of a type of sea worm called nyale Level of Participation: 1 – this is a blood sport so sit back and let others do the hurting. Description:... Read more >

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February - Carnevale Venizia (Venice Carnival), Italy

ITALY | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1487] | Video

Location: Venice, Italy. Piazza San Marco is the focus of the festival. Dates: Begins two Fridays before Ash Wednesday, finishing on Shrove Tuesday Level of Participation: 3 – don a mask and join in the famous ball Description: The high point ... Read more >

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February - Jenadriyah National Festival, Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [2182] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Al Jenadriyah, Saudi Arabia Dates: Late February or early March Level of Participation: 2 – it’s mostly spectator only, but you can witness a great number of cultural activities Description: ... Read more >

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February - Battle of the Oranges, Italy

ITALY | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1138] | Video

Location: Ivrea, Italy. The battle takes place in the town’s main square. Dates: Concludes on Shrove Tuesday Level of Participation: 2 – though the battle officially involves only the teams, if you happen to slip ... Read more >

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February - St. Valentine's Day, Italy

ITALY | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1608]

Location: Terni, Italy. The feast takes place outside the Basilica di San Valentino. Dates: Throughout February, but particularly 14 February Level of Participation: 5 – the feast, and whatever other St Valentine’s ... Read more >

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February - Argungu Fishing Festival, Nigeria

NIGERIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1983]

Location: Argungu, Nigeria Dates: Around mid-February Level of Participation: 1 – get a fish-eye view from the river banks Description: Don’t come to this fishing festival expecting to see a ... Read more >

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February - International Ice and Snow Festival, China

CHINA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [450] | Video

Location: Zhaolin Park and Sun Island Park, Hāěrbīn, China Dates: 5 January–15 February Level of Participation: 3 – whoosh down the ice slides and stick around until the festival’s end for the fun of destroying the ... Read more >

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February, Rio De Janeiro Carnaval, Brazil

BRAZIL | Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | Views [2889] | Video

Dates: Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, and while the day is known for its unbridled anarchy, it takes sobriety to calculate the date of this party. Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) is 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays) and Fat ... Read more >

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