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Holidays in November:
Festivals and Holidays Around the World

Explore the diverse and vibrant holidays for November 2023 from around the world. From Diwali's Festival of Lights to Thanksgiving's expressions of gratitude, discover cultural, historical, and religious celebrations
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Location: Mexico
Date: November 2
Status: Cultural and religious
Purpose: To honor and remember deceased family members and friends and celebrate the continuity of life

History of the Holiday: Dia de los Muertos has ancient Aztec origins and evolved with the influence of Catholicism. It's rooted in the belief that the souls of the dead return to visit the living

Traditions and Symbols: Families create ofrendas (altars) adorned with photographs, candles, marigolds, and offerings of food and drinks. People visit cemeteries, clean tombstones, and share stories about the departed. Elaborate sugar skulls, colorful papel picado (paper cutouts), and parades featuring participants in skeletal makeup are common symbols and customs of the holiday

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

Location: United Kingdom
Date: November 5
Status: Cultural and historical
Purpose: To remember the thwarting of the plot and to enjoy fireworks and bonfires

History of the Holiday: Guy Fawkes Night originated from the foiled Gunpowder Plot in 1605 when conspirators tried to blow up the British Parliament. Guy Fawkes was arrested guarding barrels of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords

Traditions and Symbols: It features bonfires, fireworks, "Guy" effigies, traditional foods, and rhymes. The day is marked with public gatherings and festivities

Diwali (Deepavali)
Location: India, Nepal, and other Hindu communities worldwide
Date: November 12
Status: Cultural and religious
Purpose: To celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance

History of the Holiday: Diwali has ancient roots and is based on various legends, including the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. It signifies the triumph of righteousness and the dispelling of ignorance

Traditions and Symbols: ighting oil lamps, bursting fireworks, exchanging gifts, and creating rangoli (decorative art) are common traditions. Symbols include diyas (lamps), rangoli patterns, and the use of vibrant colors
Thanksgiving Day
Location: United States
Date: November 23
Status: National
Purpose: To give thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year

History of the Holiday: Thanksgiving in the U.S. traces its origins to a 1621 feast shared by Pilgrims and Native Americans. It became a national holiday in 1863

Traditions and Symbols: Roast turkey, pumpkin pie, parades, football, and expressions of gratitude are integral to Thanksgiving. The cornucopia and pilgrim hats are common symbols

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