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While some travellers prefer to just dip their toes in a country's culture, others prefer to dive in head first – and for these people, nothing presents a greater opportunity to immerse themselves than that of a festival.
Across the globe this February, there is an entire world of festivals taking place. And as various nations celebrate their unique traditions in a multitude of ways, there has never been a better time to see the world through the eyes of another culture.
Looking to enjoy one of the last great Pagan celebrations and fill up on delicious Russian pancakes at the same time? It is probably worth heading to Moscow this February and enjoying this year's Maslenitsa Festival. Besides the mounds of pancakes you will see on a daily basis, during this festival you can expect anything from beer-drinking bears to burning scarecrows as the Russian people join together in one last party before Lent. Maslenitsa takes place from February 1st to February 7th.
Since the 15th century, Italy's most romantic city has played host to the Carnevale Venezia. Extravagant, flamboyant and hedonistic, for travellers heading to Venice this February, a world of fancy dress, masked balls and entertainment awaits. Running between January 30th and February 9th, Carnevale Venezia is a real must for anyone looking to surrender themselves to the true nature of Venetian mystique and culture.
When compiling a list of February's biggest festivals, it is pretty hard to ignore Rio Carnival. Often regarded as the carnival capital of the world, Rio undergoes something of a transformation as thousands of people from across the globe come together in one of the world's most elaborate celebrations. From Brazilian Bandas to a Samba Parade, Rio Carnival epitomises all that is great and good in terms of South American flair. Rio Carnival takes place from February 5th to February 10th.
International Snow and Ice Festival
With no shortage of snow and ice available in China's Heilongjiang Province, its capital of Harbin has made the most of its chilly climate by creating the International Ice and Snow Festival. Set to take place in the depths of winter, during a time where temperatures can plummet to -40˚C, those brave enough to attend can expect anything from frozen ice slides to majestic sculptures. The International Snow and Ice Festival runs from January 5th to February 15th.
Chinese New Year
Chun Jie, or Chinese New Year as it is known in the west, is by far China's largest festival. From Beijing to Shanghai, the nation will be awash with red and gold decorations as the population unites in welcoming the year of the monkey. Above cities, towns and villages, fireworks will light up the night sky as the streets come alive with activity. All in all, Chun Jie presents a magical opportunity for any traveller visiting Asia this February, from the 19th to the 20th.
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