10 Top Autumn Festivals Around the World

These are the 10 autumn destinations that we recommend you visit during this season, if you wish to attend one of these world-renowned festivals:

Day of the Dead (Mexico): Is a Mexican holiday celebrated by Mexicans and it focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. In this festival, people honour the dead with lively celebrations, local food, parade masks and more.

Oktoberfest (Germany): Held annually in Germany, it is a festival running from late September to the beginning of October. Millions of people from around the world attend event every year and variants of the festival has spread to other countries like Belgium, Holland and England among others, where people meet to listen and sing traditional music accompanied with German food and lots of beer.

Festival of Lights -Diwali- (India): This celebration includes millions of lights shining outside doors and windows, around temples, buildings and houses in the communities. Is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.

Moon Festival (China): Is a festival celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese and others, and is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night. Modern celebrations include different activities such as the preparation of typical local dishes including ‘moon cake’, lighting lanterns and other games and activities.

International Balloon Fiesta (United States): This annual festival is the largest of its kind in the world and takes place in Albuquerque, USA. Usually attracting over 500 balloons each year, it creates spectacular views not only from the air, but also from the ground.

Halloween Parade (United States – NY): Every year, thousands of people wearing creative costumes, parade up Sixth Avenue. So if you love costumes and want to enjoy a reunion of witches, zombies, clowns, giant puppets and others, the Big Apple is an excellent option for this autumn.

Floating Lantern Festival (Thailand): Also called Loi Krathong, it  takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In this event you can see lights from hundreds of candles twinkle on the water, as they float down rivers and streams.

Masskara Festival (Philippines): The annual festival features a street dance competition as well as the Masskara queen beauty pageant, carnivals, concerts, food festivals, sports events and others.

Guy Fawkes Day (United Kingdom): Also known as bonfire night, it is a celebration held in the United Kingdom to commemorate the failure on November 5, 1605, of Guido Fawkes and conspirators when they attempted to destroy the palace of Westminster. Celebrations take place across the country and includes fireworks and bonfires. Typical dishes such as toffee apples, jacket potatoes, bonfire toffee are often eaten.

Nuit Blanche (France): A Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night arts festival that have museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge. Although this tradition began in France, it has expanded to other countries such as Canada, Belgium and others.

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