Feb 22 - TEDDY BEAR FESTIVAL, LONDON
Teddy bears are a guilty pleasure. Yes, we like to fall asleep with one furry, beady-eyed buddy at arm's reach. But a festival! But there is such a one taking place this month at Kensington Town Hall in London.
Enthusiasts, creators and businesses will congregate to exchange notes on the hugglet': there are antique sales, limited edition lines. teddy bear books, clothes, competitions, supplies... everything you'd ever imagine there was to this piece of fluff and more.
For more informations visit www.hugglets.co.uk
Feb 2 - LA CANDELORA, ROME
Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Rome celebrates La Candelora, a solemn candle-blessing ceremony, in the imposing church of Santa Maria dell'Orto. Associated with Christianity now, this was once a celebration of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Harvest. For more informations visit : www.nerone.cc
FEB 2-6 - ST MORITZ GOURMET FESTIVAL
Throwing together monumental egos with culinary temperament - it is a recipe for disaster. But the modish St Moritz somehow pulls it off, when it invites chefs from all over Europe to cook together. So keep out of the kitchens where there be flying knives and, instead, dig into some exquisite food. For more informations visit : www.stmoritz-gourmetfestival.ch
Feb 6-8 - VANCOUVER STORYTELLING FEST
It's the oldest of art forms, and this fine international festival celebrates it. This year at Vancouver Museum, the theme is 'In the beginning..: There will be concerts, workshops, performances and storytelling through dance. For more details visit : www.vancouverstorytelling.org
Feb 13-15 - TRANG UNDERWATER WEDDING
Valentine's Day is for reaffirming love and couples can do that here, albeit with a twist. This traditional ceremony takes place underwater - off Pak Meng Beach in Southern Thailand. Nor does it rob you of fine wedding clothes - bridal couples get to wear hand-woven Thai wedding costumes. For more details visit www.underwaterwedding.com
To the obsessive breed of long-distance runners, this must be surely the most romantic, the most historic of locations: Luxor. With 1,900 runners from 36 countries participating, the route goes along the ancient monuments of the West Bank. For more details visit : www.egyptianmarathon.com
Feb 7- LIM FESTIVAL, VIETNAM
Vietnam's own variant of Valentine's Day, Urn festival is when romance rules the day. At Lim Pagoda in Bac Ninh, folk duets are aired - in fact, all communication takes place through song. Couples sing, improvise, flirt and prepare for courtship. For more details : www.waytovietnam.com