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When it comes to celebrating major events on the global calendar, it’s really all about location, writes
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.
line. Be prepared to witness multiple renditions of the haka. See waitangi.org.nz/events
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
Carnival in Brazil is a multi-day celebration that engulfs cities in a riot of dancing and drinking.