5 Best February Festivals to Visit
February may be the year’s shortest month, but it’s packed worldwide with activities and traditions that celebrate — among other things — peace, tranquility, and the arrival of a sea worm. Read on to find out more about some of the history, spirit, and sentiment behind five of the world’s most interesting festivals. So much for Valentine’s Day.
Argungu Fishing Festival — Nigerian state of Kebbi, Mid-February
The culmination of this festival is so unusual and entertaining that I see a Discovery Channel show in the works. Bare-handed fishing frenzy, anyone? Created as a peace-building contest between two peoples in 1934, this festival has largely remained unchanged since its inception. Here, 35,000 fishermen, in pairs, race into the Malan Fada River armed only with traditional nets and gourds for flotation in their attempt to catch the largest fish and win approximately $8,000 (and a mini bus). By no means is it light work: 50 kilogram fish are routinely pulled from the river.