It’s a time of big national events in most of the world… Just what is it about November that brings together so many parties? No matter what, there’s plenty of things to do around the world.

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Oaxaca, Mexico: November 1-2

The day of the dead is celebrated throughout Mexico with papier-mâché skeletons and candy skulls. The ritual celebrations honouring the dead are strangely fascinating and — with such striking iconography — they are recognised around the world.

World Beard and Moustache Championships

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany: November 2

If the skeletons don’t shock you, perhaps this will! The World Beard and Moustache Championships are being held in Germany this year. Expect some truly wonderful facial hair in categories such as Hungarian, English Gentleman, and Garibaldi.


November 3

Diwali is celebrated throughout the Hindu world, so you’ll find events spread from India to Britain, South Africa to Fiji, and almost everywhere in between. The “Festival of Light” is celebrated with fireworks, candles, and religious rituals. It’s a time to celebrate life and happiness, to give gifts and to seek blessings.

Celebrate! (cc)

Guy Fawkes Day

United Kingdom and many ex-colonies: November 5

“Remember, remember the fifth of November…” No, it’s not time to watch reruns of’ V for Vendetta, it’s Guy Fawkes Day. Celebrated in England and many of its former colonies, Guy Fawkes commemorates the capture of an anti-government terrorist (Mr Fawkes) with bonfires and fireworks. Which is kind of what he was after in any case.

It's mostly about playing with fire these days.
It’s mostly about playing with fire these days. (cc by-sa)


USA: November 28

Although it’s only celebrated in North America the whole world knows about it. Remembering early colonials, eating turkey, and spending time with family is the plan for the day. Almost everywhere will have some kind of public celebration, like New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade, complete with marching bands and giant cartoon–inspired balloons.

Some thanksgiving symbols.
Some thanksgiving symbols. (cc)

If you’ve got photos or a story to share about any of these events, we’d love to share them with the Indie Travel Podcast Community. Email us today.

What are you up to in November? Doing something better than this? Tell us in the comments, and make us all jealous.