The Globe Guides travellers discover that,
whatever's your fancy, February is brimming over
with more fascinating expeditions and events than
you can shake your rucksack at. Italy has
not one but two massive festivals while Vietnam
celebrates its most important religious day and
the Arab Gulf States indulge in two very
different celebrations. Sun, sand and sea activities
are served up in perfect measure by Mexico's
Yucatan coast and the east coast of Borneo.
February is a great month to visit Italy as all
hell breaks loose in two of its biggest festivals.
Megan McCormick slips around at the Battle
of the Oranges in Ivrea in which tonnes
of oranges are chucked about for three days by
neighbourhood teams celebrating a twelfth century
revolt against an evil count. She then travels
east to Venice for its Carnival
extravaganza, where she has a devilish mask customised
for her by a local craftsman.
Vietnam marks the end of the lunar year with the
nationwide Tet Festival in February. Justine
Shapiro takes part in two different celebrations;
the first frightens off spirits before the commencement
of the new year with mass detonations of firecrackers
while in the second follows worshippers into a
Buddhist temple for a more serene celebration.
Megan visits two of the Arab Gulf States and takes in events synonymous with the region.
In Dubai (United Arab Emirates), she gets
a dose of commercial craziness at the Dubai
Shopping Festival that takes place for a month
from mid-February and attracts 3 million attendees.
Then it's off to Kuwait, thrust into the
limelight in 1990 when it was invaded by Iraq,
where she journeys to its capital Kuwait City
for Liberation Day. She finds a euphoric
mood as the city'sinhabitants decorate their
cars with flags and take to the roads till 3am
in the morning.
All that partying has taken its toll on our travellers,
so Justine makes her way to the ruined
Mayan city of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. To dodge the tourist hordes she retires
to a cabana on the Cove of Tulum for some
serious hammock action.
Lastly, Holly Morris explores one of the
world's premier diving sites on the east coast
of Borneo where she dives with an amazing
array of tropical life including sharks, turtles
and shoals upon shoals of barracuda.