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Winter’s cultural highlights

This season’s leisure and culture highlights

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Holi
March 6
South Asia

Taking place just as winter merges into spring, Holi Festival is recognised as a vibrant celebration of the season of love and colour. People gather in the streets to throw brightly coloured dyes, paints and powders at one another, with the colour pink (India’s colour of hospitality) being especially prominent. As a precaution, it might be worth covering your
hair if you have a meeting booked for the next day.

Ice & Snow Festival
Jan 5 – 25 Feb
Harbin, China

Over 800,000 visitors descend on the city of Harbin every winter to witness the incredibly intricate sculptures and artwork that are created from over four million cubic feet of ice. Pieces that can be found include scaled-down versions of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. It is recommended to visit the festival at night, when the artwork is beautifully illuminated.

Ati-Atihan
January 9-18
Kalibo, Philippines

The Ati-Atihan Festival shows a delightfully playful side to the Filipino people. An explosion of liveliness and colourful costumes, the festival sees Panay Island erupting in a vibrant celebration of intertribal acceptance and friendship. Visitors are advised to attend the masquerade ball and to try and catch a performance of the exuberant local street dance known as sadsad.

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