Showing posts with the label February

Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach 2015, Florida, USA

Where? Daytona Beach, Florida
When? 22nd February 2015
Also known as "The Great American Race", it's a 200-lap, 500 miles-long (805 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Daytona 500 is the biggest, richest and most prestigious motor sports event on the NASCAR calendar. Since 1959, it’s proven year after year and lap after lap, that this is the race which creates more memories, hall-of-fame moments and numerous true believers in the power of racing dreams than any other race of its kind.

The DAYTONA 500 promises to make spectators believe there’s no greater feeling on earth than being there or taking part!

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The magic of the Rio de Janeiro Canival in Brazil

Where? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When? Begins on Friday, February 13 and ends on Wednesday, February 18

No need of an introduction "The Carnival capital of the world", Rio Carnival is celebrated by all from the most humble villages to the most luxurious households, everyone joins in and celebrates in style!

Rio Carnival is a crazy 5 days celebration, some 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on a Friday and ends on Fat Tuesday, with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, after which tradition says that one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses is celebrated as a profane event and can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. With all that partying out of the way, it's no wonder that most people involved definitely need to detox!
Carnival traditionally occurs in February, which is the hottest month within the Southern Hemisphere, when the steamy summer of Rio de Janeiro reaches its absolute peak.
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Dubrovnik Carnival Fest, Croatia 2015

Where?Dubrovnik, Croatia

When? 5-19 February, 2015

Dubrovnik Carnival dates back to the 14th century and maintains many of the original traditions to this day. People gather from surrounding areas to dress up in garish costumes, parading down the streets to the sound of trumpets and drums.Jousting competitions take place in the city centre, with men on
horseback carrying lances aimed for a silver ring tied to a rope above the horse trail.

The Dubrovnik Carnival Fest is a considered cultural and tourist attraction and music content that interconnects Croatian and regional carnival cities, brings joy and colors to Dubrovnik winter and revives Dubrovnik’s centuries long cultural and historical tradition of carnival festivities.

Festivities also include:
Best Mask awardsMusic Festival Awards for the best musiciansFurther Information:

Worldwide Day of Romance on Valentine's Day 2015

Where? Worldwide

When? 14th February 2015

The origins of Valentine's Day trace back to the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia held on February 15th honoring the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary Roman founders, Romulus and Remus.

According to legend, in addition to a bountiful feast, Lupercalia festivities included a pairing of couples with all the young women in the city placing their names in a big urn to be drawn by the bachelors. It is believed that in an effort to "Christianize' this celebration, the church decided to honour Valentine who was put to death on 14th February for disobeying Emperor Claudius II by secretly performing marriage ceremonies.

Valentine greetings have been popular as far back as the Middle Age and by the middle of the 18th century in England it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.

So wherever you are in the world for this years Valentines Day put the mood of austerity…

Pingxi International Sky Lantern Festival 2015 in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Where? Pingxi District, Taiwan
When? Feb 22 - Mar 3, 2015

Each year thousands of people trek to the remote mountainous town of Pingxi for this unforgettable event that culminates with the release of thousands of lanterns simultaneously.

Traditionally lanterns were used in the past as a means of communication during war, but lantern launching has become of symbol of peace and good fortune, with wishes written and placed inside before their release into the heavens.

Further information:Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year in London, England 2015, What will the year of the Goat bring?

Where? London, England
When?19-22 February 2015
Chinese New Year 2015 in London celebrates the Year of the Goat 

London's celebrations of the Chinese New Year are the largest outside Asia with hundreds of thousands of people descending on the West End every year. Festivities commence in the morning with a parade of colorful floats and beating drums, in Trafalgar Square through Chinatown and ending in Rupert Street.

On the main stage in Trafalgar Square there is an opening celebration that sees the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which will bring the dragons and lions to life and is followed by with stage performances and special guests. Chinatown is the focal point of the New Year party with food and craft stalls line the streets and a lion dance snakes through the crowds. A stunning fireworks display marks the end of the day's celebrations.

Year of the Goat

Festa di Sant Agata in Catania, Sicily, Italy

Where? Catania, Sicily, Italy
When? 3rd – 5th February 
The Feast of St. Agatha is the most important religious festival in the city of Catania and is celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the city.

The event is held every year from the 3rd-5th February and again later on the 17th August. Around 40,000 people usually attend this Festival from locals to Tourists from neighboring countries.


The Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, U.A.E. 2015

Where? Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When? 3rd February 2015
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is an annual professional golf tournament since 1989 that takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as part of the European Tour schedule.

The 2015 tournament will be played at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. The event is known to attract some of the biggest stars in the world of golf. Prize money 2.5 million.

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Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt

Where? Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt
When? 22nd February 
The Abu Simbel Sun Festival at Aswan, Egypt is observed twice every year on 22nd of February and on 22nd of October, the dates that mark the emperor’s birthday and his ascension to the throne. Next to the Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel is perhaps the most recognized monument of ancient Egypt. The two temples built for the pharaoh Ramses II have been attracting visitors since Victorian times. During the Abu Simbel Festival crowds fill the temple at sunrise to watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone, illuminating the statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun with only the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness – remaining in the shade on these two days of the year.

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Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril, Jamaica

Where? Negril, Jamaica

When? 3rd - 6th February

The much-anticipated 21st Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash promises to be a rich cultural experience, steeped in Jamaica’s history, art and music.The event will start with the customary beach party at the Negril Beach Park and will continue the next day with a culturally charged ensemble at the MX3 Lawn. Included in the festivities are a tribute concert and "Wailers Reunion".