JAN­UARY

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ATI-ATIHAN Kal­ibo, Philip­pines: Ati-atihan hon­ours Santo Nino, the local rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the baby Je­sus. The event is marked by tra­di­tional dances, vi­brant mu­sic, an ar­ray of colour­ful cos­tumes, and some­times weapons. The drum­ming and danc­ing cul­mi­nate in a grand mas­quer­ade ball, fol­lowed by a mass outdoor pro­ces­sion from the Kal­ibo Cathe­dral to Pas­trana Park. philip­pines­trav­el­hub.com NA­TIONAL COW­BOY POETRY GATH­ER­ING Ne­vada, USA: Im­pres­sions of cow­boys of­ten in­clude tough ranch­men more con­cerned about their cat­tle than writ­ing stan­zas but the tra­di­tion of cow­boys writ­ing poetry dates back hun­dreds of years. The gath­er­ing is now a na­tion of Western po­ets, mu­si­cians, and sto­ry­tellers who share heart­break and hi­lar­ity through spo­ken word. The six-day event also in­cludes work­shops and ex­hibits. na­tion­al­cow­boy­po­etry gath­er­ing.com UP HELLY AA Ler­wick, Scot­land: Ler­wick,

fes­ti­val is more than just about the

of Nordic her­itage. The main torch pa­rade be­gins at 7.30pm, where more than a thou­sand guiz­ers fol­low the Guizer Jarl (leader of the Jarl squad who por­trays the Vik­ings for the day) to a beau­ti­fully crafted 9m-long gal­ley that is then burnt to a crisp when the torches are

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