SKY LANTERN ANNUAL FESTIVAL CHINA IN TAIWAN IN FEBRUARY

Where: Pingxi, Taiwan – Republic of China
When: 10 February 2017

According to the elders of Pingxi, the Sky Lantern Festival originated in the Xing Dynasty, more than two thousand years ago. At that time, bands of outlaws frequently raided the lowland villages, forcing residents to seek refuge in the mountains. Village watchmen used “fire balloons” as signals to inform the residents that their houses were safe once again and when those hiding in the hills saw the celestial flares, they knew it was time to go home. Today these lanterns have two main purposes. One: they display scribbled

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MARDI GRAS ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS NEW ORLEANS USA IN FEBRUARY

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana – USA
When: 28 February 2017 (Parades & celebrations run through 24 -28 February)

Mardi Gras is synonymous with hedonism and debauchery, and with a motto of Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll), it’s no surprise that this is probably the wildest party in the United States. It may be a surprise to some, however, that Mardi Gras is the official final celebration before the period of Lent, the Catholic period of introspection

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CARNIVALE DI VENEZIA [Venice Carnival] ANNUAL FESTIVAL IN ITALY IN FEBRUARY

Where: Venice – Italy
When: 11 – 28 February 2017

During the day, it’s fun to wander around the ancient streets of the city surrounded by people in 18th century costumes – you’ll feel as if you’ve jumped straight into Eyes Wide

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SUNDANCE ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL UTAH USA IN JANUARY

Where: Park City, Utah – USA
When: 19 January – 29 January 2017

Sundance is North America’s most famous independent film festival, appealing to the non-conformist and rebellious film directors who do not want to play by Hollywood’s rules.

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WAKAKUSA YAMAYAKI HILL BURNING ANNUAL FESTIVAL JAPAN IN JANUARY

Where: Nara, Japan
When: 28 January 2017 (or 29 January 2017 in case of bad weather)

The name of the festival literally translates as ‘The Mountain Roast’ and is where on the 4th Saturday in January each year, the dead grass on the hillside of Mount Wakakusayama is set ablaze – but until after one epic fireworks display. There are two theories of the evolution of the festival. The first claims that the burning of the mountainside began during boundary conflicts between Nara’s great temples (Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji), while another claims the fires were used to drive away wild boars. Once set ablaze the mountain can burn for up to an hour and because of the mountains elevation it can be seen from anywhere in the city. MORE HERE

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