Independence Day of Sri Lanka
The day commemorates its political independence from British rule in 1948
Goa Festival (from 6 to 9 February)
This festival is hugely popular in the Indian state of Goa, which was a former Portuguese colony. Parades, floats and music are intrinsic to the festival.
Chinese New Year
This year is known as the year of the monkey. Fireworks and colourful lanterns are part of the festival.
Mardi Gras is the last day of the carnival season, and the last day of meat consumption before the beginning of Lent
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season that prepares for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter.
The festival heralds the coming of spring in India. It is also a festival to honour Saraswati, the goddess of learning.
The feast of St. Valentine is associated with romantic love. Couples celebrate this day in many parts of the world.
Parinirvana day *
The Buddha attained complete Nirvana on this day, passing away at the age of 80.
* Sometimes celebrated February 8.