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February, Speight's Coast to Coast, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [2308] | Video

Location: Kumara Beach (Tasman Sea) to Sumner Beach (Pacific Ocean), South Island Dates: February 12 – 13, 2010 Level of Participation: 5 – gear up and get ready for the physically demanding experience Description: Considered ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, christchurch, kayaking, mountain biking, new zealand, racing, running, travel, world festivals

February - Jenadriyah National Festival, Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [4068] | 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 >

Tags: jenadriyah national festival, saudi arabia, world festivals

February - Battle of the Oranges, Italy

ITALY | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1994] | 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 >

Tags: battle of the oranges, italy, world festivals

February - St. Valentine's Day, Italy

ITALY | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [2541]

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 >

Tags: italy, st. valentines day, world festivals

February - Argungu Fishing Festival, Nigeria

NIGERIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [2960]

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 >

Tags: argungu fishing festival, nigeria, world festivals

February - International Ice and Snow Festival, China

CHINA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1085] | 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 >

Tags: china, international ice and snow festival, world festivals

February, Rio De Janeiro Carnaval, Brazil

BRAZIL | Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | Views [4270] | 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 >

Tags: brazil, carnivale, costumes, drumming, mardi gras, samba, street parade, world festivals

February - International Carnival of Rijeka, Croatia

CROATIA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [2445] | Video

Location: Rijeka, Croatia Dates: mid-January - February Level of Participation: 2 – join in the carnival energy with the throngs of 100,000 spectators for parades, pageants, and parties Description: Rijeka has landed itself of the world ... Read more >

Tags: carnival, croatia, international carnival of rijeka, rijeka, world festivals

January - Kiruna Snow Festival, Sweden

SWEDEN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3900] | Comments [2]

Location: Kiruna, Sweden. The snow sculpture competition takes place near the town hall. Dates: Late January (varies each year) Level of Participation: 4 – take part in guided tours, ice skating, lectures and Northern ... Read more >

Tags: kiruna snow festival, sweden, world festivals

January - Duruthu Perahera (Kelani Procession), Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3558] | Video

Location: Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo, Sri Lanka Dates: January poya (full moon) Level of Participation: 1 – watch three wondrous parades Description: Second only to the Kandy Esala ... Read more >

Tags: sri lanka, world festivals

January - La Tamborrada (Drum Festival), Spain

SPAIN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [2387] | Video

Location: Begins in Plaza de la Constitucíon, San Sebastian, Spain, and spreads through the old city. Dates: 20 January Level of Participation: 2 – it’s about hearing not doing Description: Can ... Read more >

Tags: drum festival, la tamborrada, spain, world festivals

January - Camel Wrestling Festival, Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3500] | Video

Location: Near Pamucak beach, 9km from Selçuk, Turkey Dates: Third Sunday in January Level of Participation: 1 – a hillside view of wrestling camels Description: Uniquely Turkish, camel wrestling ... Read more >

Tags: camel wrestling festival, turkey, world festivals

January - Black Nazarene Procession, Philippines

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1935] | Video

Location: Quiapo, Manila, Philippines Dates: 9 January Level of Participation: 3 – men are welcome to join in the procession Description: The miracle-wielding Black Nazarene is a life-size ... Read more >

Tags: black nazarene procession, philippines, world festivals

January - Voodoo Festival, Benin

BENIN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [6832] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Ouidah, Benin. The main festivities take place on the beach near the Point of No Return monument. Dates: 10 January Level of Participation: 2 – watch the horses, drink the gin and visit the tents that represent ... Read more >

Tags: benin, voodoo festival, world festivals

January - Yamayaki, Japan

JAPAN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1168]

Location: Mt Wakakusa-yama, Nara, Japan Dates: Second Sunday in January Level of Participation: 1 – a cosy night in front of the fire Description: Winter in the Japanese region of Kansai would ... Read more >

Tags: japan, world festivals, yamayaki

January - Festival in the Desert, Mali

MALI | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1802] | Video

Location: Essakane, Mali Dates: Second weekend in January Level of Participation: 3 – discover the party deep in the Sahara Description: For three days a year, a desolate patch of Saharan sand, 65km ... Read more >

Tags: festival in the desert, mali, world festivals

January - Bikaner Camel Festival, India

INDIA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1459] | Video

Location: Bikaner, India Dates: Varying dates in January (during the 10th month of the Indian lunar calendar) Level of Participation: 2 – watch camels and then ride one Description: Home to India’s ... Read more >

Tags: bikaner camel festival, india, world festivals

January - Carnival of Blacks and Whites, Colombia

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3021] | Video

Location: Pasto, Colombia Dates: 5–6 January Level of Participation: 5 – get your powder ready and give as good as you get Description: One of South America’s oldest festivals, Pasto’s piebald ... Read more >

Tags: carnival of blacks and whites, colombia, world festivals

December - l'Escalade, Switzerland

SWITZERLAND | Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | Views [1613] | Video

Location: Geneva, Switzerland Date: 11 December Level of Participation: 5 - festival…chocolate…happy days Description: If you want a decent excuse to eat chocolate before Christmas, Geneva has come up with it. At l’Escalade, the city’s largest ... Read more >

Tags: chocolate, switzerland, world festivals

November - Mombasa Carnival, Kenya

KENYA | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [5355]

Location: Moi Avenue, Mombasa, Kenya Dates: November Level of Participation: 2 – boogie alongside a Swahili float Description: This street party cranks up the multicultural energy that normally ... Read more >

Tags: kenya, mombasa carival, world festivals

November - Tori-No-Ichi (Day of the Rooster), Japan

JAPAN | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [1761] | Video

Location: Otori shrines, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan Dates: Every 12 days in November Level of Participation: 2 – buy a rake for luck Description: Taking place on the Days of the Rooster (according ... Read more >

Tags: day of the rooster, japan, world festivals

November - Surin Elephant Round-Up, Thailand

THAILAND | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [1302] | Video

Location: Sri Narong Stadium, Surin, Thailand Dates: Third weekend in November Level of Participation: 2 – cheer as an elephant scores a goal Description: Thousands of Thais and travellers stampede ... Read more >

Tags: surin elephant round-up, thailand, world festivals

November - Pushkar Camel Mela, India

INDIA | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [1815] | Video

Location: Pushkar, Rajasthan, India Dates: The festival concludes on the full moon of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika, which falls in October or November Level of Participation: 3 – wander the camel grounds, ride the ... Read more >

Tags: india, pushkar camel fair, world festivals

November - Rabechilbi Turnip Festival, Switzerland

SWITZERLAND | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [3545] | Comments [1]

Location: Richterswil, Switzerland Dates: Second Saturday in November Level of Participation: 1 – praise the queen of root vegetables Description: Apart from being used as a phallic plot device ... Read more >

Tags: rabechilbi turnip festival, switzerland, world festivals

November - Pirate Festival, Cayman Islands

UNITED STATES OUTLYING ISLANDS | Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [1651] | Video

Location: George Town Harbour, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Dates: Ten days in mid-November Level of Participation: 3 – don an eyepatch and a hook Description: The only festival to take place ... Read more >

Tags: cayman islands, pirate festival, world festivals

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