Festivals and events are all about celebrating culture, traditions and sharing happiness. In fact, it is the festivals around the world that makes even an unknown city popular on the global platform. There are many travelers who prefer to visit a new place only during events and festivals. This is because during such occasions a traveler gets the chance to learn about many rituals and historic and unique stories related to the events. Many travelers believe that such occasions are the best opportunity to understand a country where the locals proudly celebrate their individuality. If you belong to this group of travelers, list down the events and festivals in November around the globe before starting off your journey.
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead); Mexico –
For many, experience of losing a close one is a private practice. But for Mexico death is considered as part of life. Hence, they celebrate the festival called Dia de Muertos through a dedication to the departed soul. The Mexicans rather prefer celebrating the death in a joyous mood rather than mourning for the deceased ones. Come at the beginning of the November, all the Mexican families throw a grand feast to invite the dead soul for a dinner. Don’t confuse this event with Halloween as it is far different. The rituals of this event were inherited from the Aztecs where people believed that dead souls after leaving the body stay back in Mictlan (a kind of spiritual ‘waiting room’). On this event, the souls are believed to enter the underworld and from there, they take rebirth in a higher state. Hence, remembering those departed souls the Mexican people offer candies and favorite toys in front of the home-made clay altars.
Bonfire Night or Lewes Bonfire; England –
Every year on 5th November, the night sky over England lightens up with the fireworks. It is on this day, the famous Bonfire Night is celebrated in the East Sussex, England. According to the stories, Guy Fawkes, a devout Catholic and few Catholic devotees decided to blow up the House of Parliament with the king, the Prince of Wales and some member of the House of Commons. However, word leaked out and that led to the imprisonment of Guy Fawkes who was later executed. To honor the safe life of the king as well as the House of Parliament, Brits celebrate the day by burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on the streets of England. Huge bonfires are burned and grand fireworks take place for the whole night. If you are participating in this event, remember to wear gloves to protect hands from cold and sparks.
Iceland Airwaves; Iceland –
For all those late night and quirky music lovers, here’s a festival exclusively for you. Held in Raykjavik, this event takes place for 5 days, turning Iceland into a den for music lovers and performers. Probably it is the performers of this event who are responsible for making Iceland prominent on the world map. If you are there for this event, you are bound to get introduced to some unique music performed by local artists along with International ‘rock up-and-comers’. It all started in 1999 in an aeroplane hangar sponsored by Icelandair (Iceland’s popular airline) which has now evolved as Iceland Airwaves. Today, the event takes place in many venues throughout Reykjavik.
Pushkar Camel Mela (Pushkar Camel Fair) –
Travelers with wandering desert spirit, here is something to look forward. Come November and Pushkar hosts the grand Camel Mela in Rajasthan. It takes place on the full moon of Kartik Purnima (Hindu Lunar month). This fair is not only about the gathering of 50,000 camels. It is also about enjoying camel ride, watching the longest moustache contest, parade of dancers, snake charmers, magicians and musicians. This 7 days fair is bound to get your nose numb with a certain ‘fragrance’ of thousands of camels, mixed with Indian delicacies. The melodious music of gypsy musicians, flute of the snake charmers will keep on ringing in your dust-line ears even after you leave the fair. For eyes, the bright colored tents, traditional costumes and the sand dunes are a complete treat.
Tori- No- Ichi (Day of the Rooster) –
Takes place in Tokyo on the Days of the Rooster (as per the Chinese zodiac calendar), this event happens twice a year. In some years, it happens for 3 times. In this event, festival goers visit Otori shrines to ask for abundant harvests. Many markets and shops come up around 30 shrines in Tokyo where this festival is celebrated. People follow an unusual ritual of buying lucky ‘kumade’, a rake made of bamboo and decorated with charms. According to the locals, people buying bigger kumade will be blessed with earning more wealth. The best part of this event is both the seller and buyer of kumade seal their deal with tejime (a ritual) where they clap rhythmically to spread harmony.