Illuminated signs of Valentine's Day decorate a shopping district in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Lebanon POW : 2 – 8 February

Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high. – Fifty Shades of Grey.

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A couple take part in a kissing competition during Chinese Valentine's Day in Kunming, Yunnan province of China (ChinaFotoPress)

International POW: 5 – 11 August

Will you be tonight and tomorrow night at home? Don’t stay inside, go out, turn your head up to the skies, and watch the marvelous show in the sky.

The event known as the annual Perseid peaks on Aug. 12 and 13, when there will be between 50 and 100 meteors PER HOUR streaking across the night sky.

For those unable to get outside, NASA will be live streaming the event complete with expert commentary.

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