Festivals are a great way to explore, learn and embrace someone’s culture. The month of October is
the season of fall or autumn as it’s called in most parts of the world which is basically the transition
period from summer to winter. In the major portion of Earth’s northern hemisphere, the month of
October has the most pleasant temperature and is definitely a month of festivals. Every festival
carries a profound aura, a distinct aroma, a certain vibe that fascinates our senses instinctively.
So before you stuff your travel bags to embark on a new venture check out the global festivities this
October around the globe.
The illuminated festival of lights; Diwali India- Oct 19
Diwali is not just popular in India but is celebrated around the world. It is also called the festival of
lights and signifies ‘good over evil’ or ‘victory over darkness’. The essence of Diwali is phenomenal;
since the festive elation is rejoiced by all irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion. People light up
their homes, burst crackers, exchange gifts and embrace the occasion with love and affection.
Boo em’ with trick or treats; Halloween-USA- Oct 31st
The popularity of Halloween is increasing every year and indeed quite an enthralling and enjoyable
event. For all those who aren’t aware people, don ghastly attires, especially children who visit
various houses to collect sweets and chocolates by saying ‘trick or treats’. It is celebrated to fight the
superstitions where a common practice is decorating carved pumpkins with lights called ‘Jack-O-
The great American Circleville Pumpkin Show Ohio, USA- Oct 18-21
The one event which brings the small place of Circleville to the global league of celebrations is its
Pumpkin Show which takes place on the third Wednesday of every October till that week’s Saturday.
People weigh-in their large pumpkins which they have grown on their fields. Competitions are
organised where entries have been as heavy as 9 quintals! Not just that, there are pumpkin related
food stalls preparing delicious eatables like pumpkin pies, doughnuts, burgers, ice creams, pancakes,
etc. In addition, beauty pageants are organised for the neighbourhood kids.
A bibliophile’s paradise; Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt, Germany- Oct 11-15
You never know what a book fair is like unless you visit the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. It is the
biggest book fair in the world and had been inaugurated hundreds of years ago. The book fair
attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and keeps books from hundreds of languages.
Indeed a wonderful event to explore as one will be amazed to be surrounded by all the lovely
bookstalls. Though it has recently ended, you can always plan it for next year.
A date with art; Melbourne Festival Melbourne, Australia- Oct 5th-22nd
If you are truly seeking a strong and everlasting connect with art then the Melbourne Festival is the
place to be. It is Australia’s leading international festivals which is visited by thousands of tourists
and art aficionados worldwide. Initiated under the direction of the late Italian virtuoso, Gian Carlo
Menotti in 1986, the festival has been the hub of theatrical plays, dance, operas, visual arts and
outdoor events that will leave you awestruck.
The vibrant gigs; Musicport World Music Festival Whitby, UK- Oct 20-22
The upcoming Musicport is something you must prioritise in your bucket list. Music lovers will fall in
love with the event to see such a beautiful fuse of cultures from different parts of the world. The
gigs are fantabulous and you will also get to know the different forms and genres of music. A must
weekend getaway trip.
Breaking the ice; Polar Circle Marathon Kangerlussuaq, Greenland- 29-30th Oct
The Polar Circle Marathon is the coolest marathon on earth both in the metaphorical and literal
sense. Even the thought of such a massive event that too in one of the coldest regions on this planet
sounds like an oddball ordeal. The extravagant festival includes a deluge of unique Arctic races which
are insanely difficult yet a sight to behold. Along with the magnificent scenic beauty of
Kangerlussuaq, the event sees a massive turnout despite its sub-zero climate.
Big, bigger, biggest; Amsterdam Dance Events Amsterdam, Netherlands- Oct 19th-23rd
The Amsterdam Dance festival is the most extensive day and night festival in the world that has a
whole spectrum of fantastic musical jigs performed by the greatest performers in the world. Not just
dance, but any event related to music/musicians even in the form visual arts is screened and
presented at this major festival.
Brightness at its best; Day of the Dead, Mexico- Oct 31st- Nov 2
Amongst the most popular festival in Mexico is the Day of the Dead which begins on the last day of
the month to November, the 2nd. The bright, colourful event is celebrated to commemorate and
honour the deceased loved ones. It’s quite a vibrant festival since bright colours, candles, costumes
and great food are some significant spectacles worth beholding.
The world is full of all the good things you need to see, just take out your time and satiate your
fantasies. What are all the other world festivals which is celebrated in your place, must be quite
interesting isn’t it? We are all ears!