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- Posted:Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Looking for some fun festivities or events taking place during February? Here are our pick of upcoming events.
Winterlude, Ottawa, Canada (Feb 3rd - 20th)
If you’re after some fun-filled winter related activities and find yourself in Canada on a weekend between February 3rd to 20th make sure you check out Winterlude. This annual festival takes place in and around Ottawa as well as some events taking place in Gatineau. One of the highlights of this winter festival is the world’s largest skating rink which is actually the Rideau Canal that runs through the city.
Setsuban, Tokyo, Japan (Feb 3rd)
Throughout Japan on February 3rd everyone says goodbye to winter and welcomes in spring. Setsuban is celebrated with a variety of events, particularly in Tokyo. Here you will find ceremonies at the Senso-Ji Temple that are definitely worth attending to see how they celebrate this joyous occasion.
Carnival of Venice (11th - 21st February)
This annual festival has been taking place since the 11th century and is one of Europe’s most loved celebrations. The Venice Carnival starts around two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso) the day before Ash Wednesday. Today, the Carnival sees revellers don masks and costumes, enjoy parades and live music in the open air around the city.
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 16th - 26th)
This year The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival celebrates its 10th year as Dublin’s much loved film festival. This year’s event promises to be the best yet with a whole host of feature length films, short films, workshops, speakers and lots more taking place in venues across the city.
Rosenmontag, Cologne, Germany (Feb 20th)
Another pre-lent festivity takes place in Cologne. Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is Cologne’s Carnival to celebrate the last day before Lent begins. This celebration is marked with parades and entertainment on the streets where crowds gather to watch the occasion.