A final celebration of warmth before the winter sets in–these key autumn festivals around the world give you an insight into a city’s culture through popular events. By Nitya Malik
1. Loi Krathong and Yee Peng Festival, Thailand
The lantern festivals are celebrated in Chiang Mai in Thailand, and are also Buddhist festivals. Both these festivals have different meanings. The Loi Krathong festival acknowledges the rain and the rice harvest and is a way to be thankful to god. The Yee Peng Festival is celebrated to release your wishes in the sky by lighting lanterns. The festivities last from November 21 to November 24, 2018.
2. Guy Fawkes Night, United Kingdom
Guy Fawkes Night is an annual festival that take place on November 5th. People celebrate with bonfires and fireworks. The celebrations are a reminder that the conspiracy to blow up the Parliament House in London by the Catholic conspirators went futile. It was an attempt to assassinate King James 1, but it failed–people celebrate the survival of the king.
3. Halloween Parade, New York
This is one of the best Halloween’s Event around the world. The Village Halloween Parade will be held on 31st October’18, from 7 pm. Get ready to witness people in different and creative halloween costumes. The parade starts from the Sixth Avenue, Spring Street and runs till 16th Street in Manhattan.
4. Alba White Truffle Festival, Italy
This festival is for all the food enthusiasts around the world. Think exquisite wines and white truffles. Held from October 6th till November 25th’ 18, it is one of the largest festivals in Italy. You will fill some customary and homemade delicacies also. Concerts, races, auctions are also held to keep the people entertained.
5. Fantasy Fest, Key West, Florida
The Fantasy Fest runs from October 19th till October 28th, 2018. It is the festival of amusement, fun and madness. People celebrate with art, music, dance, body painting, wildest fancy dress competition, street parades, and other entertainment activities. Florida enjoys and hosts this with great spirit and zeal.
6. Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead), Mexico
The Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31st till November 2nd every year to recognise, offer love, and pay respects to the deceased. It is celebrated around the towns and cities of Mexico, particularly the Southern and Central regions. In 2008, it was recognised by UNESCO and became a part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
7. Diwali, India
A Hindu festival, the Festival of Lights is celebrated every year during autumn. This year, it falls on November 7th. People worship Goddess Laxmi on this day, decorate their houses with lights, candles and diyas, and also celebrate the return of Lord Ram, after completing 14 years of exile, and fighting and winning the battle against demon king Ravana.