November 12, 2023

November Festivals and Other Celebrations in November

Festivals in November

November is a month rich in cultural festivals and events worldwide, reflecting the diverse traditions, religious practices, and historical commemorations of various countries. Here are some notable festivals and events that take place globally in November:

Diwali (India and Worldwide)

Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the major Hindu festivals, celebrated with great enthusiasm across India and by Indian communities worldwide. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Homes are decorated with lamps, candles, and colorful rangolis, and families exchange gifts and sweets.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) (Mexico)

This famous Mexican festival, held at the beginning of November, honors deceased loved ones. Families create altars (ofrendas) with photographs, favorite foods, and belongings of the departed. The celebrations include colorful parades, skull-shaped sweets, and elaborate face painting.

Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom)

Celebrated on November 5th, this festival, also known as Bonfire Night, commemorates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It's marked by bonfires, fireworks, and the burning of Guy Fawkes effigies, celebrating the failure of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Loi Krathong (Thailand)

A beautiful festival where people gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing lotus-shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense, and flowers, onto the water.

Pushkar Camel Fair (India)

Held in the town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, this is one of the world's largest camel fairs. It's a fascinating blend of commerce and carnival, attracting thousands of camels, cattle, and horses, alongside various cultural and musical events.

Melbourne Cup Day (Australia)

Known as "the race that stops a nation," this is Australia's most famous horse race, held on the first Tuesday of November. It's a major social and cultural event, with fashion parades and various festivities.

International Film Festival (Various Locations)

Many cities around the world host international film festivals in November, showcasing a diverse range of films and documentaries from different countries.

St. Martin's Day (Several European Countries)

Celebrated in many parts of Europe on November 11th, St. Martin’s Day includes children's processions with lanterns, bonfires, and the tasting of the new wine or the first slaughter of the season.

Chichibu Night Festival (Japan)

One of Japan's greatest float festivals, it takes place in early December but the preparations and pre-festival celebrations start in November. The festival is famous for its ornate floats, fireworks, and traditional music.

Thanksgiving (United States and Canada)

Although primarily known as an American holiday, Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October. It's a time for family gatherings, feasting, and expressing gratitude.


These festivals are just a glimpse of the rich cultural diversity observed around the world in November, offering unique experiences and insights into the traditions and celebrations of different communities.

Pro Tip:

Before planning your visit to any of these festivals, ensure to check the exact dates and any travel restrictions or requirements due to ongoing global circumstances. Enjoy the world’s vibrance safely and responsibly!

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