Honour the departed the traditional Mexican way, with painted faces and elaborate costumes. Souls of the departed are believed to revisit their earthly abodes during this time, and are welcomed with their favourite foods, sugar skulls, and floral arrangements. Colourful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons) are recurrent motifs seen on everything from candies to clothes.
Where: Across Mexico | Duration 1 Nov - 2 Nov
The white sands of the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat are a marvellous sight. Spread over a vast 7,505sqkm, the Great Rann—the world’s largest salt marsh—lies in the heart of the Thar Desert, touching Pakistan’s Sind Province on one side. The Rann Utsav, which takes place in a portion of the expanse, brings together local artisans, performers, musicians and folk artists in an attempt to recreate the state’s rich culture.
Where: Gujarat, India | Duration 1 Nov - 20 Feb
“Remember, remember!/ The fifth of November,/ The Gunpowder treason and plot…” For over 400 years, this celebration has commemorated the arrest of Guy Fawkes, arguably the most infamous conspirator in English history. Elaborate firework displays and burning effigies bring a warm sense of camaraderie to the crowds that gather for this spectacle. York, where Fawkes was born, celebrates the event with great gusto, while other cities like London also rise up in revelry that night.
Where: Across U.K. | Duration 5 Nov - 5 Nov