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10 Of The Best Cultural Festivals Around The World For 2024

After two-and-a-half months of persistent rainfall, we really needed a break for the cultural festivals around the world. What could be more relaxing than feeling the beauty of Autumn? Also, as the year is nearing its end (but not the end of the world, of course), this is just a child of the cold winter months that follow right after this.

When monsoon nears towards fading away gradually, the arrival of the Autumn season begins from mid-September and lasts till mid-November. Thus, it brings with it the shedding of leaves by deciduous trees, precipitation, and mild chills. The days become shorter, which is then succeeded by winter through the remaining year.

The Autumn season marks a change in the cycle of climate in both the northern and southern hemispheres. While, the term ‘Autumn’ is more popularly known in the regions of entire Europe and Asia, on the other hand, western nations such as America and Canada refer to the season as ‘Fall’.

Get the top list of cultural festivals around the world. These festivals are a celebration of ancient human cultures. These are festivals to enlighten your soul. Usually these festivals are “fall festivals” because that is the perfect time for a human being to move and celebrate. Not harsh heat, nor harsh Cold absolute perfect temperature to enjoy.

During this period, many species of birds prepare to migrate south to find temporary habitat. Of course, some occasions, some of which are celebrated, while others are celebrated as a remembrance of one. Here, I am going to share with you some important holidays that occur in this autumn season and have many important significance.

Festivals around the world
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Let’s take a quick look at the various events or days which have their own purposes and/or memories in the Autumn season throughout the world. Here is the list of important festivals around the world.

World’s best cultural festival

Celebrations are a part of the human civilization and traditions, which are believed to share a great deal of joy as well as importance with the rest of the world. In contrast to the various celebrations that take place in Autumn around the world, there are, however, certain memories that are remembered by certain communities, too. Let’s see where we are having cultural festivals around the world.

Here is some list of the festivals that take place during Autumn:

1. Durga Puja, India

 Durga Puja, festivals around the world
Durga Puja

That festival is celebrated across the Indian sub-continent, Nepal, and Bangladesh for almost a week in the month of October. It is a holy festival of the Hindus, particularly Bengali in West Bengal. People visit pandals where the idols of Goddess Durga, along with idols of several other Gods and Goddesses are put on the stage before the devotes for worship. This is followed by various traditional activities. On the last day, the idols are immersed in rivers and/or seas, which is part of their ritual.

2. Oktoberfest, Germany

Oktoberfest, festivals around the world

This festival is celebrated at Theresienwiese (named after Princess Therese) in Germany from mid-September till early October. During this time, several hundred and thousands of people gather and have a grand beer fest. The festival began when Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese were married on October 12th, 1810. Their marriage was followed by a party that was celebrated for over a week and thus, this tradition has been going on since.

Oktoberfest 2020 got cancelled because of coronavirus but, Oktoberfest 2021 is still there for you to attend this year.

3. Halloween, Western Countries

Halloween, Festivals around the world

Halloween also called “All Hallows’ Eve” and “All Saints’ Eve”, is celebrated widely in the western countries and also around the world on October 31st. On this day, people are engaged in attending Halloween costume parties, going door-to-door playing pranks such as “trick-or-treat”, carving pumpkins, and so on. Also, on All Hallows’ Eve, Christians abstain from eating non-vegetarian food. On the eve, people attend church services and light candles on the graves of the dead.

Halloween is a festival of the dead celebrated by living beings. Be grateful for what you have. Be grateful that you are alive. Such amazing thinking.

4. Diwali, India

Diwali, Festivals around the world

Another auspicious day and an official holiday that is celebrated throughout Asia and around the world by the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Newar Buddhists. Diwali is known as the largest in India and festivals around the world. Diwali is the festival that enlightens the neighborhood and the human soul.

People clean and light up their homes, surroundings, etc., accompanied by fireworks and the exchange of gifts among families, relatives, and friends. This day is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil.

5. Thanksgiving Day, Canada and US

Thanksgiving Day, festivals around the world
Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a cultural day of celebration which is widely practiced by Christians in the west. On the fourth Thursday of November and right after the end of the harvest time, the tradition of greeting each other, exchanging gifts and souvenir and having the feast with family, relatives, and friends is an essential occasion among the people of the United States and Canada. This day is also celebrated among the Christian sects in parts of Asia and Europe.

6. Harvest Festival, Britain

Harvest Festival, festivals around the world
Harvest Festival

The Autumn season is cherished and celebrated by the western cultures as harvest time. During this time, both local and large groups of farmers indulge in harvesting pumpkins, apple, and corn. This season is thus, marked important because of their beliefs, it is a blessing that provides them food.

7. All Souls’ Day, Spain

All Souls’ Day, also known by various names such as “The Faithful Departed”, “Day of the Dead”, etc., is a day of remembrance of the souls their loved ones lost. This day is observed particularly on November 1st by Christians and Catholics around the world. People offer prayers to the dead and perform the necessary rituals.

All Souls’ Day, festivals around the world
All Souls’ Day

These are some of the occasions that holds great importance in the lives of many people and religious communities as a whole.

8. Martin’s Day, Eastern Europe

Martin’s Day, festivals around the world
Martin’s Day

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on the 11th of November, on account of remembering the altruism of Saint Martin of Tours, who was a Roman soldier. People participate in processions, light lanterns, sing songs and feast to mark this day. According to legend, St. Martin saved a homeless man from the freezing storm. He was later appointed as the Bishop of Tours. This is marked as important festivals around the world.

9. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Get ready for some neck-exercise, as more than 750 hot air balloons fly across the crisp blue skies of New Mexico, which look so beautiful against the backdrop of Mount Sanger de Crisco. Arise before the rooster crows to see the dawn patrol of hot air balloons rising in the morning sky, and stop for the impressive moss escalation, when the air is filled with about a thousand lively ships.

This is followed by a film making competition, Balloon Riding Services, Afterglow Fireworks and Balloon Race, which are quite exciting to watch which lead to an awe-inspiring celebration, which is best seen.

10. Loy Krathong and Yi Peng

This is the largest festival in Thailand which is also celebrated in some parts of Myanmar and Laos. According to the Thai lunar calender it takes place in the full moon of the 12th month. Loy Krathong and Yi peng are two major festivals of Thailand that occur at the same time.  During Loy Krathong, people decorate their homes with candles and candlelit baskets which are also known as Krathong are send to the water. 

 Loy Krathong and Yi Peng, festivals around the world
Loy Krathong and Yi Peng

On the other side, Yi Peng is where thousands of lanterns are released in the air. This is the beautiful moment to capture when both sky and water are lightened up at night. If you are planning for your vacations in autumn then do not miss this famous festival of Thai culture which occurs at the time of November. 


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Hope this article helped you in getting all the right information you were looking for. Try to go to any of these places, to attend these festivals. You will never regret it.

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