November has arrived!
Bet you’re wondering why I’m so excited about that, aren’t you? (Say yes.)
Well, ‘tis almost the season to be jolly and there are some very weird and wonderful happenings around the world, why not get excited? Here are some of our favourites…
1. Punkin Chunkin
What: Isn’t it such a drag when you have to figure out what to do with your leftover Halloween pumpkins? The people of Sussex County, Delaware have found a solution: The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association – kind of like pumpkin Olympics. Every year entrants from all over the country compete to find out who can hurl their pumpkin the furthest, and the proceeds go towards helping teenagers pay for college, everybody wins!
Where: Delaware, USA
When: 1-3rd November
More info: Check out the official website for more chunkin fun.
2. Day of the Dead
What: Not a cheesy horror flick. Every year, the people of Mexico set aside a couple of days to remember their deceased friends and family. Celebrations involve deathly parades, window displays and tequila – all to encourage the spirits of the dead to return to earth. To be honest, if they don’t have tequila in the afterlife, I’m not going.
Where: Everywhere in Mexico
When: 1-2nd November
More info: Find the best places to party from beyond the grave in Day of the Dead: Top Places to Summon the Spirits in Mexico
What: In need of a little luck and good fortune? Why not try spring cleaning your house and decorating it with lights? Hindus around the world believe that doing this on the day of Diwali will guide Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) into their homes and bless them with good luck. Might be worth a shot…
Where: Worldwide, biggest celebrations are in India
When: 3rd November
More info: See the best places to celebrate Diwali in Diwali: Where to Celebrate the Festival of Lights in India
4. Bonfire Night
What: A kick ass evening filled with fireworks, burning effigies, toffee apples and, you guessed it, bonfires. Traditionally, bonfire night is a celebration of Guy Fawkes’s arrest on 5th November, but nowadays it’s a fun family activity that involves wacky firework displays and too much sugar.
Where: All around the UK and some commonwealth countries
When: Officially 5th November, but most organised displays are held the weekend before.
5. Bon Om Tuk
What: Every November, boating teams around Cambodia compete in the Bon Om Tuk championship in Phnom Penh. The event lasts for two days and is a great chance to experience some authentic Khmer partying away from the tourist track.
Where: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
When: 16-18th November
More info: For more details click here
6. Monkey Buffet Festival
What: Founded back in 1989 by a local businessman, the Monkey Buffet Festival has become a tourist magnet in Lopburi. 4000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables and desserts are set up on tables in front of the Pra Prang Sam, an ancient khmer temple. If you visit, be warned, do not try to steal any food from the buffet. Monkeys do not like that.
Where: Lopburi, Thailand
When: 25th November
More info: More about 2013’s festival can be found at Festival Asia.
Image: Thailand Lovers
What: It all began back in 1621 with some pilgrims feeling thankful; but now, eating until you can’t move is the focus of modern day Thanksgiving. There are several variations on the traditional thanksgiving meal around the USA, but some of the more bizarre menus include a deep-fried turkey, jello salad and cranberry fluff.
Where: All over the USA and Canada
When: 28th November
More info: 5 Exciting Ways to Spend Thanksgiving Day
Have we missed anything? If you know of a cool festival happening this month tell us about it in the comments below.
Thanks to montpleier, kurt Thomas hunt, nmarritz, rubengarciajrphotography, and RBerteig for the images of Flickr! Please note, Flickr images were held under the Creative Commons licence at the time of publication.