If you do not like the fact that the days are getting colder in November, then maybe you should take a vacation to a warmer place, or simply to have a change of the setting. There are a lot of people who think that summer is the best season to go travelling not only because the weather is good but also because there are a lot of interesting events to visit, like music and other international festival.
If you are one of these people, you should know that this is not the case. There are a lot of world festivals that do not take place in the summer, and actually some of them are going to be quite soon. Today we have decided to share with you some information about great November festivals you should not miss. Check them out!
#1 Dìa de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico
If you are a huge fan of Halloween and you are sorry that there are not more days like this in the year, then you may pay a visit to Mexico, because on the 1st and 2nd November they celebrate the Day of the Dead. There are similar traditions to those on Halloween, like skeletons and candies in the shape of skulls, etc. This is the day of the year when Mexicans remember the people who have passed away. They bring a lot of flowers to the graveyard and light candles.
#2 Pushkar Camel Fair, India
If you have always wanted to visit India but you did not have this opportunity so far, then you may visit it in November between 8th and 14th because those will be the days during which the famous Pushkar Camel Fair will be held. It is one of the most spectacular fairs in India and includes more than 11, 000 camels and 4 times as more tourists.
As most Indian fairs and festivals, this one is also very colorful. A lot of farmers and traders bring their livestock, not only camels, and trade them. But once the business part of the fair is over, the livestock, mainly camels, are dressed up in colorful fabrics. There are also some animal ability demonstrations, including dances.
#3 Bonfire Night, UK
Remember, remember the 5th of November… The bonfire night is a celebration held on the 5th of November every year. Every night before the 5th of November children make scarecrows ‘Guys’ which they burn on the next day at night. Of course, this tradition has its roots.
In the 5th of November, 1605 Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the English Parliament with the monarch and his sons in the building. His plan did not succeed and his was then captured, tortured, and later hung. The scarecrows which are burned are a representation of Guy Fawkes. There are also a lot of fire displays in the sky.
#4 Yi Peng and Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival), Thailand
Lantern Festival in Thailand is one of the most famous lantern/light festivals all over the world. It is held every November Chiang Mai. During the festival hundreds of people release lanterns into the night sky.
There is also another ritual during the holiday which also includes lights – people release candles on a small floating vessels into rivers, or other bodies of water.
This festival is not only spectacular because of its beauty, but it is also enchanting because it symbolizes purity and a stage of purification in one’s life.
#5 Lopburi Monkey Banquet, Thailand
If you have decided to attend the Lantern Festival in Thailand, then you should also pay a visit to Lopburi to attend another festival – Lopburi Monkey Banquet. It is held on the last Sunday of November. Considering its name, you have probably guessed why it is held for – to honor one of the symbols of Thailand, and especially of Lopburi culture, monkeys.
The local people believe that monkeys bring good luck and fortune and that is why they honor them so much. On this day, there are special celebrations which include a lot of music and dancing. There are performers dressed up as monkeys. At the end of the program, the real monkeys are invited to eat off the tables. And that is basically why this festival is called this way.
#6 Krampusnacht, Austria
There are a lot of countries in Europe which have holidays similar to those of the Day of the Dead and Halloween. One of these holidays is Krampusnacht held in Australia. It symbolizes the beginning of the winter. A lot of people think that this tradition dated back to the years before Christian times. Men dressed up in animal fur and horns and walked around village houses to scare away evil spirits and ghosts. Then they would simply drink liquor and have celebrations.