The Gap Year Guide to January

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Big Day Out in Australia and New Zealand

January isn’t all New Year’s resolutions, diets and saving money. In any case, if you’re anything like the team at Gap Daemon, you’ll be bored to tears with detoxing. Throw those good intentions out of the window and start 2012 with a bang…

Big Day Out – Australia and New Zealand (23rd January – 5th February)

If you’re looking for a festival with an all-star line-up, plenty of booze and guaranteed sunshine, this is the one for you. Held in Auckland, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with headliners such as Kanye West, High Flying Birds, Foster the People and Cage the Elephant.


Chinese New Year – Shanghai (23rd January)

For anyone who hasn’t quite had enough of the New Year’s celebrations (or is a little late with those resolutions) head to Shanghai to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You will be sure to find fireworks, lanterns and dancing as you welcome the year of the dragon.


Kiruna Snow Festival – Sweden (26th – 29th January)

Embrace the winter chills in northern Sweden with incredible snow carving competitions and reindeer dancing (yes, reindeers can dance as well as fly!) as you watch the Northern Lights flicker off the snowy mountains.


Australia Day – Australia (26th January)

Aussies love nothing more than a good BBQ, a cold beer and a day on the beach and this is exactly the way Australia Day should be celebrated. This is the date that the first ships arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788.


Ice and Snow Festival, Haerbin, China (5th January)

There’s another chance to try your hand at ice sculpting and see some of the biggest and most impressive sculptures in the world at China’s Ice and Snow Festival. As well as the sculptures you will also see ice lanterns and lasers and the brave hearted can even have a go at winter swimming.


Bikaner Camel Festival, Bikaner, India (8th-9th January)

This homage to the humped ones comes from the local’s obsession with camels and you will find competitions for the best camel haircut, the best looking camels, camel races and camel riding. The evening events continue with fireworks and dances. If you haven’t had enough of the camels, you can even visit a camel breeding farm.


And for Next Year’s Diary… Hembh Mela – India (27th January)

Described as ‘one of the largest human congregations on Earth’, Hembh Mela is sure to be an experience you will never forget. It is a religious festival and the next meeting of over 60 million people will begin on January 27th 2013.

Are there any other festivals or events that you’re going to or would love to go to in January?


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About Monica Stott

Monica is a travel addict with a love for social media and photography. She'll do anything for an adventure and has travelled through SE Asia and drove around the entire coast of Australia, living and working from her campervan. She is now part of the editorial team at Gap Daemon while studying for her journalism qualification.

2 Responses to “The Gap Year Guide to January”

  1. The Marshall says:

    And you forgot to say that this will be the Year of the Dragon – the most enthusiastically celebrated of all 12 Chinese birth signs

  2. Gerd Scholz says:

    Hey – The year of the Dargon right? As a kid, I saw the dragon boat festival in Hong Kong 11 years ago; it was bright and shiny and really taken seriously.

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