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When it comes to cel­e­brat­ing ma­jor events on the global cal­en­dar, it’s re­ally all about lo­ca­tion, writes

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Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion. It’s what real es­tate ex­perts al­ways talk about, and for trav­ellers the tip rings just as true. This year, you want to find your­self in the best pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tions to join in the fun. You want to be in the places where th­ese spe­cial days all be­gan. You want to ex­pe­ri­ence them with the peo­ple who truly feel the pas­sion for them deep in their hearts.

The global cal­en­dar is full of in­ter­est­ing, ex­cit­ing events, but many of them of­ten pass us by in New Zealand with lit­tle more than a thought. What does Cinco de Mayo mean for some­one in Auck­land? What sig­nif­i­cance does Car­ni­val have for a res­i­dent of Welling­ton? It’s only when you go to the heart of th­ese celebrations that their true im­por­tance, their true joy, can be ap­pre­ci­ated and ob­served.

In 2017, it’s time to think about lo­ca­tion.

The great thing about th­ese celebrations is that they’re not ex­clu­sive – ev­ery­one is in­vited, and ev­ery­one can have fun. You just have to know the lo­ca­tion.

Wai­tangi Day

line. Be pre­pared to wit­ness mul­ti­ple ren­di­tions of the haka. See wai­tangi.org.nz/events

Valen­tine’s Day

Is there a more ro­man­tic city in which to spend Valen­tine’s Day than Paris? We think not. The City of Light is also the city of pub­lic smooches on park benches, of af­ter­noons spent ly­ing in a park in some­one’s arms, of evenings play­ing foot­sie at restau­rants while si­mul­ta­ne­ously flirt­ing with the wait­ers. Valen­tine’s Day in Paris isn’t so much about any spe­cial events, but sim­ply about soak­ing up the ro­mance of the city with the per­son you love. And don’t be afraid to in­dulge in cliche: walk hand-in-hand down cob­bled streets, wan­der through art gal­leries, sip cof­fee at cafes, take a boat ride down the Seine, dine at a quiet bistro, and end the evening watch­ing the city lights from Sacre Coeur. Mag­nifique. See en.paris­info.com

St Pa­trick’s Day

there are celebrations across the city that at­tract more than a mil­lion spec­ta­tors and party-go­ers. Slainte. See bos­ton.gov

Cinco de Mayo

through­out the city for most of the day and night. See dis­cov­er­losan­ge­les.com

In­de­pen­dence Day

Car­ni­val in Brazil is a multi-day cel­e­bra­tion that en­gulfs cities in a riot of danc­ing and drink­ing.

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