Carnival is the annual 'Celebration of Life' that takes place throughout Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, floats parade in the purpose-built Sambodrome, surrounded by dancers, singers and drummers dressed in elaborate costumes. This famous celebration unites the nation, and is one of the greatest shows on earth.
Napier was rebuilt in its now famous Art Deco style after a terrible earthquake in 1931. Now, each February the city becomes filled with classic cars and people dressed in Deco style, which provides the perfect backdrop to this unique festival. It attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Marlborough Wine Festival is New Zealand's longest running and most successful wine festival. Over 200 wines from over 40 wineries are showcased and there is entertainment from some of New Zealand's leading performers.
The most English of New Zealand’s cities, Christchurch is the provincial capital which has a wonderfully elegant feel about it. Each February the city hosts the Festival of Flowers and Romance, which celebrates Christchurch as the Garden City of Australasia.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent of Africa which makes it a magnet to climbers from all over the world. However, not being a particularly technical ascent and with the addition of a guide, therefore makes it accessible to those who have no climbing experience.
Rugby in New Zealand borders on a religion for many so Wellington's Westpac Stadium in February becomes a sporting beacon as 16 of the world's top seven-a-side rugby teams compete in the International Rugby Sevens. If you love rugby you can combine it with a trip to one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.
New Orleans' carnival season starts on Twelfth Night, January 6, and runs for the six weeks or so until Ash Wednesday.
Tasmania offers stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and some of Australia’s finest trekking. In addition, it has one pretty unique annual sporting event.
Held in the capital of Bolivia, the Carnival of Oruro occurs every year and is a 2000 year old religious celebration with folklore dances. With over 28,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians participating in the procession, the celebrations can last for up to 20 hours.
Each February Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo welcomes the world to the wonderful Sapporo Snow Festival, an ice-sculpting extravaganza on an epic scale. It began in 1950 and now each year sees hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures on display.
The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, pays homage each February to one of the most iconic dances in the world - the tango. During the event renowned artists display their dancing in venues across the city for the public.
Penang is home to the Buddha at Wat Chayamangkalaram - the third longest of its kind in the world at 33 metres. It's also home to another religious must see and that's the annual Thaipusam Festival, which sees several hundred devotees spear their cheeks with long steel rods, and their backs with small hook-like needles in penance after weeks of rigorous abstinence.
Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 -national holiday in New Zealand. At dawn the New Zealand Navy raises the New Zealand and British flag on the treaty grounds and throughout the day there is a church service and cultural dance and songs are performed.
Whales can be seen in two places in Mexico, humpback whales can be spotted in Cabo San Lucas and gray whales in San Ignacio.
Ottawa is one of the world's coldest cities during the winter which is a blessing in terms of one very enjoyable participation sport. The principal attraction during the three weeks in February is the Rideau Canal which freezes over in winter to form the world’s largest ice-skating rink.
The famous old 19th Century gold mining town of Whitehorse is the finishing point of the annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Now in its 29th year the race begins in Fairbanks and follows the Yukon River.
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