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We round up some of the top events in the months ahead from all over

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We round up some top events in the up­com­ing months.

Iwate Yuki Mat­suri Shizukuishi, Ja­pan February 4 – 12

For a half-century, the Iwate Yuki Mat­suri, or Snow Fes­ti­val, has been held in the north­east re­gion of Hon­shu, Ja­pan’s largest is­land. The win­ter cel­e­bra­tion is packed with snow stat­ues, a light show, lo­cal food

Visit iwateyuki­mat­suri.com.

Wai­tangi Day Bay of Is­lands, New Zealand February 6

The Wai­tangi Treaty, signed in 1840, is New Zealand’s found­ing doc­u­ment. The day is cel­e­brated with cer­e­mony, mu­sic, cul­tural per­for­mances and pa­rades at the his­toric Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds in North­land, and by ex-pat Ki­wis around the world.

Visit wai­tangi.org.nz.

Do­mini­can In­de­pen­dence Day Santo Domingo, DR February 27

In 1844, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic de­clared war to end Haitian rule, and ev­ery Feb. 27, the In­de­pen­dence Day fes­tiv­i­ties, fea­tur­ing pa­rades with out­ra­geous costumes and masks, mark the cul­mi­na­tion of the coun­try’s month-long cel­e­bra­tion of Car­ni­val.

Visit don­qui­jote.org/cul­ture.

Al­mond Blos­som Fes­ti­val Tafraoute, Morocco February or early March

One of Morocco’s most pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals of­fers singing, danc­ing and won­der­ful Ber­ber food. Lo­cated in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Tafraoute, this elu­sive three-day event oc­curs when­ever the al­mond trees are in full blos­som, so check fre­quently for the sched­ule.

Visit mo­roc­co­pe­dia.com.

South Africa Dance Fes­ti­val Jo­han­nes­burg February 23 – March 5

The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 29th year with over 50 up and com­ing chore­og­ra­phers who are chal­leng­ing the con­ven­tional with new means of ex­pres­sion as well as show­cas­ing tra­di­tional dance in new ways.

Find more in­for­ma­tion at dance­fo­rum­southafrica.co.za.

Bíó Paradís, Ice­land February 23 – March 3

In­ter­na­tional award win­ning will speak at this fes­ti­val’s many events, cel­e­bra­tions, pan­els, Q&A ses­sions and mas­ter classes.The aim is to en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ice­land’s com­mu­ni­ties.

Vogue Knit­ting Live Las Ve­gas March 24 – 26

Thou­sands of knit­ting en­thu­si­asts descend on Ve­gas fea­tures mas­ter-level hand­knit­ting classes, a show­case of new yarn and accessories, knit­cou­ture fash­ions and a gallery of knit art.

Visit vogueknit­tinglive.com.

Mý­vatn Open – Horses on Ice Lake Mý­vatn, Ice­land March 1

There aren’t many places on Earth where you can take part in a horse show on ice. The an­nual Mý­vatn Open in­cludes a rid­ing tour on the lake, races, com­pe­ti­tions in “tölt” (a smooth gait that orig­i­nated with Ice­land’s horses) and prizes and par­ty­ing through the night.

Visit ice­land.is.

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