Celebration Like No Other
Durga Puja, Kolkata
If you are planning a trip to Kolkata, then October is the perfect time for you. During Bengal’s most celebrated festival, the streets are adorned with dazzling lights and extravagant pandals that feature elegant idols of goddess Durga and her kins, inducing a vibe of divinity. No matter what part of Kolkata you are in, the city of joy looks more captivating during the days of the festival than at any other time of the year. Durga Puja lets one imbibe in the local spirit of the region, relish the food, and experience the unrelenting enthusiasm of the city during the ritual of idol immersion. So, if you are a cultural connoisseur, the celebration’s majestic opulence will hold a special draw for you.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
October is said to be the most glorious time of the year in New Mexico, as the blue sky presents a much anticipated sight of colourful balloons touching the horizon. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a celebration that lasts nine days and provides the most enchanting view of vibrant balloons stretching throughout the skyline. This Fiesta provides a precious opportunity to all the visitors to enjoy the majesty of different events named; dawn patrol, mass ascension, competition, special shape rodeo, and balloon glow. With crisp mornings and gentle days, the warm desert of New Mexico allows visitors from all around the globe to sail in the annual carnival of the world’s largest balloon festival.
LoI Krathong and Yi Peng, Thailand
Several lanterns floating in the sky lighten up the entire area and weave magic in the atmosphere. On every12th full moon of the year, the magnificent beauty of this light celebration is witnessed throughout Thailand in the month of November, known as Loi Krathong and Yi Peng. Thai people honour the start of a new season and the end of monsoon by setting Krathongs down the river and releasing the paper lanterns up into the sky. It symbolises the blessings for a good harvest and great fortune in the new year. The whole experience is so magnificent in itself that it will make you feel like you are floating in the identical vista of the cosmos.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
One of the biggest cultural extravaganzas of North East India is the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. It is a week-long event held every year in the month of December. This is the time of the year to revive, sustain, protect, and promote the rich heritage and traditions of the Nagas. In the starting phase of the celebration, you will witness all the tribes of Nagas come together in one place. A vivid display of cultural dance, indigenous sports, and folk songs are the key highlights of the festival. Further, you will find remarkable warrior log drums, eccentric headgears, soulful war cries, and exquisite costumes that are special in their own way. However, the excitement does not stop here as the visitors also get to taste the delectable local cuisines served with their finest rice beer.
Dia De Los Muertos, Mexico
If you fancy spooky themes and gothic backgrounds, then Dia De Los Muertos aka The Day Of Dead is just perfect for you. Celebrated in the month of November, this festival is a deep-rooted tradition in Mexican culture. The main purpose of this fiesta is to honour the deceased, but its iconic symbolism and colourful commemoration practices have taken a life of its own. Every year in Mexico, people paint their faces with detailed yet stylised skulls, as well as make altars in their home. People decorate the central plaza with artworks, and a grand colourful parade runs along the capital’s main Reforma Avenue to hail the Dia De Los Muertos. The locals believe that through this festival, they forge a connection between the present and the afterlife with both sombre and celebratory activities.
Rann Utsav-Kutch Festival, Gujarat
The thing that makes the white desert in Gujarat stand out is the monumental Rann Utsav, which is synonymous to the festival of souls, a gala of music and warmth, as well as vibrant and eminent Gujarati traditions. Every year in the month of November, Rann Utsav welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world. The festival provides you with a multifaceted experience. You can satiate your taste buds by relishing the authentic Gujarati flavours, sway to the tunes of mesmerising folk music, and bear witness to the beautiful landscape of the glimmering desert. The zest for gaiety and oneness will leave you overwhelmed as this celebration binds multiple generations together; be it families, friends, couples or even those travellers who enjoy solo sojourns.