From India to Brazil to the U.S., Musement takes a look at 10 events happening around the world in February
Looking for a celebration? Here are ten festivals and events taking place across the globe this February.
1. February 2: Groundhog Day, America
The weather is everything on this fateful day. Those who adore the cold hope the groundhog sees its shadow so as to enjoy another eight weeks of winter. Yet if you feel the need to get away, here are a few places you can visit.
2. February 2: Super Bowl Sunday, America
The ultimate event for NFL fans or advertising enthusiasts as the commercials can sometimes be just as exciting as the game. This year, the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off for the championship in Miami.
3. February 2: Festa de Iemanjá, Brazil
While the goddess of the sea is celebrated New Year’s Eve in Rio, the rest of the country celebrates Iemanjá on February 2. The largest celebration takes place in Salvador where followers of the Candomblé religion dress in white and make offerings into the ocean.
4. February 7 – 9: Jaisalmer Desert Festival, India
Rajasthan’s most popular festival, the Jaisalmer Desert Festival celebrates all the wonders of this charming city, about a ten-hour drive from Jaipur, nestled into the Thar Desert. From performances to the traditional local garb, this unforgettable will leave an imprint on your heart.
5. February 8 – 9: Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, Taiwan
Tens of thousands of people head to Shifen in Northern Taiwan for this magical occasion. In honor of the first full moon of the Chinese Lunar New Year, participants release 100,000 to 200,000 illuminated rice paper lanterns into the sky at night.
6. February 14: Valentine’s Day
Countries around the world celebrate this romantic day dedicated to couples. Not a fan? We get it…here are a few places you can go that don’t celebrate this holiday at all.
7. February 17: President’s Day, America
This Amerian holiday always falls on the third Monday of February, a tribute to George Washington’s birthday. Schools tend to close for the entire week, which makes it an ideal time for a family vacation.
8. February 20: Montréal en lumière
This special festival goes until March 1 and lets attendees explore Montreal during the winter by fusing gastronomy, performing arts, gastronomy, outdoor activities and an all-night bash. If you’re in town, don’t neglect your sweet tooth.
9. February 24 – 26: Losar, Tibet
Losar, celebrated in Lhasa, is one of the most important festivals of Tibetan Buddhism. This New Year festival is marked by ancient celebrations and rituals as well as eating particular foods in honor of the holiday.
10. February 25 Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, concludes the Carnival season. The following day, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the religious period of fasting observed by various cultures around the world.