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Rio de Janeiro plays host to the world's largest Carnival celebration, the focal point of which is performances by approximately 200 samba schools. (Photo by Buda Mendes, Getty Images)

World Calendar: 5 Must-Attend Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February: 

  • Celebrate Carnival samba-style (February 13-18) in Rio de Janeiro. This iconic kickoff to Lent lures millions of visitors to Brazil each year with five days of lively musical competitions, elaborate parades, and unscripted street festivals.
  • When Super Bowl madness subsides, turn your attention to another sporting event for the ages—the 2015 Cricket World Cup (February 12-March 29). Held every four years, the latest battle royale will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Can’t make it to a match? Try your hand at the ICC’s newly launched Fantasy League and enjoy the competition from afar.
  • Get into the groove during Reggae Month (February 1-28) in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to the usual lineup of mento, ska, rocksteady, dub, and dancehall concerts and seminars, a 70th birthday celebration will be held for the biggest reggae legend of all time—Bob Marley.
  • Get a sneak peek at spring at the 20th annual Panagbenga Festival (February 1-March 8) in Baguio City, Philippines. In addition to providing a stunning showcase for the city’s famous flowers, the month-long extravaganza also symbolizes another “season of blooming”—the city’s recovery from the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
  • Ring in the Year of the Sheep in Hong Kong at the Chinese New Year Festival (February 19-21). Overflowing flower markets, a parade of floats, and a stunning fireworks display over Victoria Harbor make this the city’s biggest and most colorful event.

What would you add to the list? Let us know what we’re missing by leaving a comment below.