Festivities across the Globe Between January and February 2013

We are at the 2nd month of the year and have you already figured out where you want to spend your next holidays at?

There are lots of options; but before plotting your schedule for the latter part of 2013, here are the travel events happened last January, and the Upcoming Events this February!

1. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (China)

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival - Chinasource: ForeignPolicy

Winter season is celebrated by attending the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival in Heilongjiang Province, China. The event features magnificent ice and snow sculptures – few of which depict the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Activities like swimming in the freezing water of Songhua River, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are also held for everybody’s excitement. This festival lasts from January 5 to late February.

2. Australian Open 2013

Australian Open 2013source: HeraldSun

Tennis enthusiasts are sure to have the best times of their lives as the Australian Open started last January 14. World-renowned tennis players come to Melbourne, Australia to compete for the much-coveted championship title. Flights to Melbourne surely was selling like hotcakes during this event.

3. Yamayaki (Japan)

Yamayaki - Japansource: Wikimedia

Those who wish to travel to Japan may go there for the Yamayaki, a spectacular event where firewords are lit at a hill at Kasugano-cho, Nara City to commemorate the history involving the differences between Kofuku-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. It is truly a wonderful event to look forward to.

4. Ati-Atihan Festival (Philippines)

Ati-Atihan Festivalsource: PinoyCaver

Paying homage to Señor Sto. Niño, the city of Kalibo, Aklan celebrated the Ati-Atihan Festival from January 24-30. This event has been part of the tradition for 700 years already. Festivities are at its best as locals clad in colorful costumes with their skins painted in black, parade through towns – accompanied by lively street band music.

5. Holi Festival (India)

Holi Festival - Indiasource: FestivalsAdvices

A literally colorful event for the Hindus, get splashed with colored water and powder as you go around the streets during the Holi Festival. This celebration is made more vibrant by the presence of lively music and groups dancing to it. It happens on February 8th.

6. Rio Carnival (Brazil)

Rio Carnival Brazilsource: ArtsonEarth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the host to the world’s biggest and most colorful carnival – Rio Carnival. The festivities are held for five days – complete with samba parades, dancing competitions, musical performances and street parties which are attended by jovial people. Happening on February 8-12, it is certainly something to look forward to.

7. Losar (Tibet)

Losar - Tibetfrom GoogleImages

Tibet tours are more saleable if scheduled in time for Losar. Known as the Tibetan New Year, it is basically the most important festival in the region. You’ll be astounded as how prayers and celebration fuse together so well, producing a very wonderful culture which only Tibet has. This year, Losar will take place on February 11.

8. Chingay 2013 (Singapore)

Chingay Parade - Singaporesource: Dreamstime

One the 22nd and 23rd of February, Singapore will celebrate Chingay 2013 where floats will parade around the city – flaunting local and international cultures. The event is usually themed, conveying messages that empower people.

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