November World Events

October 15, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Whether you’re wrapping up in gloves and hats in the Northern Hemisphere, or smearing on the sunscreen south of the equator, there’s plenty going on this November to keep you busy before Christmas takes over in December.

Day of the Dead, Mexico City (31st October – 2nd November)

Day of the Dead in Mexico CitySimilar to Halloween, the 31st October is when Mexican culture believes that the dead return to visit the living. But rather than simply a night for scaring children with ghost stories and costumes, the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos is a time for celebrating the lives of those we have lost. The festivities continue for three days, with each day dedicated to different customs. Skeleton and marigold motifs adorn every street, making it a colourful and lively time to visit Mexico’s capital.

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Guy Fawkes Night, Great Britain (5th November)

Guy Fawkes NightAlso known as Bonfire Night, the 5th November marks the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes and a number of others to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in 1605. The Gunpowder Plot was foiled and the conspirators executed, and the day is celebrated every year with large bonfires and fireworks displays. Despite a rather grim back story, Bonfire Night is a family-friendly event, where children eat toffee apples and beg for ‘a penny for the guy’, homemade effigies of Guy Fawkes which are eventually thrown on the fire.

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Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland (7th-14th November)

Corona Cork Film FestivalOctober saw residents of Cork city were moving to the sounds of the Guinness Jazz Festival, now November will have them munching popcorn and enjoying a night at the movies at the Corona Cork Film Festival. One of Ireland’s top cultural events, the festival is now in its fifty-fifth year and features a mix of world cinema, Hollywood blockbusters and independent films.

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Thanksgiving in New York City, USA (25th November)

Thanksgiving in New York CityA national holiday throughout the United States, Thanksgiving has been celebrated since 1863 and is traditionally a day spent enjoying good food with family and friends. If you’re looking to join in the fun this year, why not head to New York, the home of the famous annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Passing from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, the parade features themed floats, marching bands and giant balloon figures of cartoon characters and TV personalities. Thanksgiving is also the unofficial start of the holiday season, and nowhere does ‘festive’ like New York. The day after Thanksgiving is black Friday and is traditionally a shopping day, so take the opportunity to cross a few Christmas presents off the list.

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