For good weather and festivals, late February
Nepal (Khatmandu Valley) Tibet new Year, 1 day
(Khatmandu Valley) Maha Shivarat, 1 day
Egypt, Abu Simbel Festival, Feb 22.
Mexico (Veracruz) Carnival. late Feb/March 9 days. Mexico Pictures
(North India) Holi, Festival of Colour. Late Feb/early March. 1 day.
(Anandpur Sahib) Hola Mohalla. Late Feb/early March, 1 day. Rajasthan Pictures
Italy, Venice Carnival. Colourful, fascinating, funny and a superb environment.
Also excellent Carnivals in: Viareggio (Italy); Binche (Belgium); Nice (France); Cologne (Germany); Sitges a very wild, gay show (near Barcelona) and Semana Santa in Seville.
Or go for festivals only, not the weather! i.e. this is not the best season
Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and other places) Carnival. No longer on the street – it’s now in a huge stadium, expensive and caution is needed outside. Perhaps try carnivals in other cities – a lot more user friendly – such as Salvador and Olinda, both beautiful, lively and with good beaches nearby.
Alternatively check Trinidad (island), in the Caribbean, where the carnival is on the street and mad in the nicest way, though if you want a nice beach too you’ll have to nip over to neighbouring Tobago. Brazil Pictures.
Bolivia, (Copacabana) Candlemas. Late Jan-Feb
Bolivia (Oruro) Devil’s Carnival Feb/March. 8 days.
Tibet (Nationwide) New Year. Feb/March 4 days, cold!
(Lhasa) Great Prayer fest. Feb/March 7 days.
Peru (Puno, Cusco+) Candelaria. Late Jan/early February for 2 weeks.
China (Xian+) Lantern Fest. Feb 10. days
(Harbin) Ice Lantern Festivak. All Jan & Feb, cold! China Pictures.