Published on : Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Across the globe people celebrate festivals to commemorate their heritage and culture and enjoy stirring escape from the mundane of life. Festivals give you an opportunity to meet the locals and learn their traditions.
It also helps explore a destination in a different and holistic way. There are about hundreds of festivals happening across the world to choose from. Whether you are a connoisseur of music or film, a glamour-world professional or a sheer fun loving visitor, there is something for everyone.
Scroll through each month and pick the one which fits best into your plan:
Tapati Rapa Nui
Date: February 4-February 12
Easter Island is known for the monolithic heads and potential for deep magic, but for two weeks in early February, tourists’ attention is drawn to a unique cultural festival. What Tapati Rapa Nui offers is authentic, islander culture.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in events hosted at the crater of an extinct volcano! Spearfishing, sliding down steep slopes on banana trunks, dance competitions and more will fill your days with laughter. The highlight of the events is when two families battle it out on the dance floor to crown the Queen of Tapati.
Quebec Winter Carnival
Date: February 4-February 13
Embrace the cold! Frolic through snow!
The largest winter carnival in the world takes place in frosty Quebec, this February festival leans into the winter spirit. In a city besieged with harsh winters, festivities and community really warm the heart. It’s one of the best winter festivals around the world. The first step is, of course, bundling up! Make sure to snap some photos of the ice and snow sculptures, and also of the colorful parade cars. The music shows will keep you toasty all night through. It’s one of the most important festivals in Canada.
Bergen International Literary Festival
Date: February 9-February 13
Literature lovers welcomed a new literary festival in 2019! Norway’s Bergen International Literary Festival. Celebrating both non-fiction and fiction, it hosted writers from 25 countries in 2020. Apart from readings, author talks and open mikes, there are also youth programs to encourage young writers. While the festival is still young, it’s definitely helping us understand how literature has evolved over the decades.
Sauti za Busara
Date: February 11-February 13
Sauti za Busara is more than ‘just’ a music festival which is held in Stone Town during February. It provides a platform to the local and international artists to share the same stage. Young artists get to meet and interact with the veteran artists and hone their skills in the subject. With live musical performance, specific workshops, parties and other events, this pan-African music festival promotes Zanzibar as a global destination for cultural tourism.
Taiwan Lantern Festival
Date: February 15-February 28
The Taipei lantern Festival is held in commemoration of the first lunar month of the Chinese New Year. It is marked by lanterns (floats) dedicated to the year’s animal. The theme of the festival also changes to reflect the neighbourhood of the festival ground. During the full moon, the locals light paper lantern and let them float off into the sky. They believe it will bring them good luck.