The Carnival of Venice
Jan 23 – Feb 9, 2016 – An annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Martedi’ Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famed for its elaborate masks.
Quebec Winter Carnival
Jan 29 – Feb 14, 2016 – Since the beginning of the French colony, the inhabitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The first large winter Carnival in Quebec City, known as the world’s snow capital, took place in 1894. The first official Quebec Winter Carnival took place in 1955. The Carnival has grew larger and is of great pride for the entire Quebec City population. It has become an important event that generates tourism and economical activity in the city.
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Jan 5 and lasts one month. However, exhibits often open earlier and stay longer, weather permitting. While ice sculptures are erected throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas. An annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, China. It is now the largest ice and snow festival in the world. At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition. The festival includes the world’s biggest ice sculptures.
Sundance Film Festival
Jan 21 – 31, 2016 – The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
World Busker’s Festival – Christchurch, New Zealand
Jan 14 – 24, 2016 will continue with the tradition by offering a program of events that showcases the very best of the best. The festival consists of 65 street performers, comedians, artists, musicians and visual artists. Fans attend to see skilled acrobatics, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, circus and vaudeville skits as well as burlesque.
Chinese New Year
Feb 8, 2016 – Chinese New Year’s Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. But the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, between January 21th and February 20th. In 2016 it’s Monday February 8th.
When Chinese New Year is Celebrated – Officially Celebration – 7 Days (February 7–13, 2016) It’s a public holiday for Chinese. Usually people have 7 consecutive days off from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day.