What in the world is happening this month
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At midnight, hundreds of lanterns mark the start of Tori-No-Ichi ( 003-3872 1667, torinoichi.jp). Celebrated every 12 days at rooster shrines and temples across Tokyo, you’ll find shops selling kumade, or bamboo
rakes, to “rake in” good fortune and business prosperity. Experience all-round positivity while wading through the crowd as cheerful shouts from people wishing each other good health and luck fill your
ears and lift your spirits.
PHOBJIKHA VALLEY, BHUTAN Spreading awareness about the endangered avians, the Black-Necked Crane Festival ( entry from AED 25; bhutan.travel) celebrates the arrival of these sacred birds in the winter months. Share the sense of joy and honour felt by the community as they sing folk songs, dance wearing crane masks and perform environmental-conservation
This carnival is so huge it’s called the “Fifth Season”. The Düsseldorf Karneval ( duesseldorf-tourismus.de) kicks off with the awakening of Hoppeditz, the carnival jester. Emerging from a mustard pot, he delivers a scathing speech
known as the Narrenschelle (“joker’s scolding”) to the mayor – who is known to respond from the town hall balcony. Following months see the mayor get “kidnapped” by witches and a parade
of satirical floats.
Give in to sweet-tooth cravings at the Festa del Torrone, or Nougat Festival
( festadeltorrone.com), dubbed the “sweetest event of the year”. The nine-day event celebrates every type of nougat imaginable. The streets of Cremona come to life with games, live music, performances, food tastings and the highlight of the festival – a parade featuring more than 150 people dressed in
Colourful Tori-No-Ichi decorations in Japan