The chilly, wintry month of November brings with it several festivals and events that prove to be the perfect mix of culture, tourism and lots of fun! While our UAE experiences mild to hot temperatures, many parts of the world start getting covered in pristine layers of snow by November. And to help you explore the charm of this month, here’s a list of 6 amazing festivals and events in November that you should witness, or better yet, participate in.
6 Amazing Festivals And Events In November
1. November Grand Sumo Tournament, Fukuoka, Japan
When: 10th to 24th November
Want to see the sport of sumo wrestling up, close and personal? Then this is your chance! Held every November, the November Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka is the final tournament of honbasho (6 annual Sumo tournaments). Taking place throughout the day, you can either buy a season pass or buy tickets for individual days and catch a wrestling match according to your travel itinerary. Tickets for these intense tournaments generally range between JPY 2,300 (approximately 78 AED) to JPY 46,800 (approximately 1583 AED) depending on your choice of seating.
2. Rann Utsav, Kutch, India
When: 28th October to 23rd February
Rann Utsav is a festival belonging to the state of Gujarat, India. It is a vibrant amalgamation of culture, dance, food, folk art, music, shopping, natural beauty and much much more. During this utsav (celebration), you get to stay in tented camps located near the natural phenomenon of White Rann (salt deposits that cover the desert in a white hue). Apart from indulging in delicious Kutchi food and enjoying the various folk performances, other activities you can undertake at this event include camel cart excursions, Yoga and some relaxing Ayurvedic spa sessions.
3. Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead), Mexico City, Mexico
When: 2nd November
The Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead), is a family event which involves family and friends coming together and remembering and praying for dead family members, friends and acquaintances. Spanning from 31st October to 2nd November, visitors and tourists can partake in the Day Of The Dead celebrations on the last day of this holiday, i.e., on 2nd November. On the last day, a grand street party, known as Gran Desfile de Día de Muertos (The Grand Day of the Dead Parade), takes place and visitors are welcome to join in on the festivities.
4. Loi Krathong, Chiang Mai, Thailand
When: 13th November
Loi Krathong, or Loy Krathong, is a Siamese festival which celebrates the rivers and water sources of Thailand. Also known as the Thai Festival of Lights, Loi Krathong involves worshipping the river and thanking it for boosting agricultural produce. The festival starts with floating a piece of banana trunk decorated with flowers, banana leaves, candle and incense sticks into the river, and ends with floating lit paper lanterns into the sky.
5. Iceland Airways, Reykjavik, Iceland
When: 6th to 9th November
Taking place in the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik, Iceland Airways is an annual music festival that encourages and promotes local as well as international talent. This year’s lineup includes up-and-coming artists such as Agent Fresco, Æ MAK, Anna of the North, Bagdad Brothers and Warmland, to name a few. While in the city of Reykjavik, do refer to this Reykjavik travel guide to help you out with the itinerary planning.
6. Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, Australia
When: 29th November to 1st December
Celebrating art in all its various forms, Strawberry Fields manages to convert Australia’s bushland into a huge oasis every single year. It is a pulsating mix of music, installation art, workshops, paintings, live performances and delectable local cuisine. To witness an offbeat event that supports local artisans and performers, do visit the Strawberry Fields in Tocumwal, New South Wales, Australia.
Although these 6 amazing festivals and events in November are a must for every traveller, there are a couple of others that deserve a mention. If you are a movie buff and a fan of international cinema, you should head over to Lagos in Nigeria to attend the Africa International Film Festival which is taking place from 13th to 20th November. Another offbeat festival you can attend is the Goychay Pomegranate Festival in Goychay, Azerbaijan on 12th November. During this festival, you will see a variety of pomegranates (a symbol of Azerbaijan), several products on sale made out of pomegranates, live musical performances and even many competitions related to pomegranates!