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List of festivals and holidays in November. Photo: Expatica
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Irrespective of the geographical location, countries and cities worldwide typically host distinctive events that are associated with their respective regions. A significant number of such events are organized on a yearly basis.

Full List of Holiday/Festival in November

Date Holiday Category Tags


All Saints' Day Religious Catholic, Christian, International
Job Action Day Special Interest Work
Karnataka Rajyotsava Day Indian Holidays
National Author's Day Career Books
National Brush Day Health Children
​National Calzone Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Food, Italian Food
National Cook For Your Pets Day Animal Cat, Cooking, Dog, Pet, Pet Health
National Men Make Dinner Day Special Interest Activities, Cooking
National Vinegar Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Food
World Vegan Day Cause, Environmental


All Souls Day Religious Catholic, Christian
Day of the Dead Family Cultural Holidays, Elderly, Mexican, Parents
National Deviled Egg Day Food & Beverage Cooking
Recreation Day Federal Lifestyle


Melbourne Cup Day Sports International
National Homemaker Day Activities, Baking, Cooking, Lifestyle
National Sandwich Day Food & Beverage Food


Diwali Religious Hindu
International Stout Day Food & Beverage, International Beer, Beverage
National Candy Day Food & Beverage Candy, Food
National Chicken Lady Day Cause


American Football Day Special Interest
Bonfire Night Cultural Festivities, Historical
National Love Your Red Hair Day Fun, Obscure
National Redhead Day Fashion Fun


National Bison Day Animal Wildlife
National Nachos Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Food, Mexican, Mexican food
National Saxophone Day Arts & Entertainment Hobby, Music
National Team Manager Day Career Brand, Work


Daylight Saving Day Seasonal Civic
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day Food & Beverage Candy, Chocolate
National Cancer Awareness Day Health Awareness
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day Animal Pet


International Tongue Twister Day Fun Activities, Crazy, Fun
​National Cappuccino Day Food & Beverage Beverage, Dessert


Chaos Never Dies Day Fun American, Crazy, Lifestyle
Go to an Art Museum Day Arts & Entertainment Activities, Fun
National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Food
National Scrapple Day Comfort Food


Forget Me Not Day Federal Appreciation, Civic, Military
International Accounting Day Career Work
Marine Corps Birthday Federal Historical, Military
National Vanilla Cupcake Day Food & Beverage Baking, Dessert, Food
Sesame Street Day Arts & Entertainment Pop Culture


National Education Day Education Awareness
National Metal Day Arts & Entertainment Funny, Music, Pop Culture
National Origami Day Arts & Entertainment Appreciation, Hobby
National Sundae Day Food & Beverage Food
Remembrance Day Federal Historical, Military
Singles Day Special Interest Shopping
Veterans Day Federal Historical, Military


National Happy Hour Day Special Interest Activities


National Hug a Musician Day Cultural Friendship, Music
Sadie Hawkins Day Fun Activities, Crazy, Pop Culture
World Kindness Day Cause Awareness, Friendship, Mental Health


Children's Day Cause, Education Indian Holidays
Naraka Chaturdashi Religious Hindu
National Pickle Day Food & Beverage Food
National Pupusa Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Ethnic, Food
National Spicy Guacamole Day Food & Beverage American, Food, Mexican food
World Diabetes Day Health Awareness


Govardhan Puja Religious Hindu, Indian Holidays
National Clean Out Your Fridge Day Activities, Lifestyle
National Drummer Day Career Hobby, Music, Pop Culture
National Philanthropy Day Cause Awareness, Civic
National Recycling Day Environmental Awareness, Environment
Odd Socks Day Fun


Bhai Dooj Religious Hindu
International Day For Tolerance Cause Awareness, Friendship
National Button Day Fashion Hobby
National Entrepreneur's Day Special Interest Work
National Fast Food Day Food & Beverage Fast Food, Food


National Baklava Day Food & Beverage Dessert
National Hiking Day Environmental Wildlife
National Homemade Bread Day Food & Beverage Cooking
National Take a Hike Day Fun Wildlife
National Unfriend Day Relationship Mental Health, Technology
​World Prematurity Day Health Awareness


Great American Smokeout Health Awareness
Mickey Mouse Day Arts & Entertainment Pop Culture
Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Arts & Entertainment Birthdays, Children, Family, Parents, Pop Culture
Minnie Mouse's Birthday Arts & Entertainment Children, Pop Culture
National Princess Day Fun Children, Pop Culture
National Rural Health Day Health Awareness


International Men’s Day Cause Family, Friendship
National Camp Day Environmental Activities, Children, Family, Wildlife
National Integration Day Fun Indian Holidays
World Toilet Day Cause


Future Teachers of America Day Special Interest
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Cause Mental Health
National Absurdity Day Fun
National Adoption Day Family Children, Family, Parents
National Pay Back Your Parents Day Relationship Children, Family
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day Food & Beverage Baking, Chocolate, Sweet Food
Transgender Day of Remembrance Cause Awareness, LGBTQ
Universal Children’s Day Cause Children, Family


National Stuffing Day Food & Beverage Cooking, Food
Stir-Up Sunday Food & Beverage Christian, Dessert, Family
World Fisheries Day Fun Conservation, Environment
World Hello Day Cultural, International Friendship
World Television Day Special Interest Technology


Go For A Ride Day Special Interest Activities
Love Your Freckles Day Fun Obscure


National Espresso Day Food & Beverage Beverage, Breakfast


DrinksGiving Food & Beverage Beer, Beverage, Festivities, Liquor


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Cause Mental Health, Women
National Day of Mourning Cause Historical
National Family Health History Day Health Children, Family
Shopping Reminder Day Seasonal Activities, Lifestyle, Shopping
Thanksgiving Federal Cooking, Family, Food, Historical


Black Friday Special Interest Shopping
Buy Nothing Day Financial Lifestyle, Shopping
National Cake Day Food & Beverage Baking, Festivities, Food
National Law Day Federal Indian Holidays
World Lewis Day Cause Awareness, Wildlife


Small Business Saturday Special Interest Shopping


Hanukkah Religious, Seasonal Family, Friendship, Historical, Jewish
National French Toast Day Food & Beverage Food
Red Planet Day Fun


Chadwick Boseman Day Arts & Entertainment Celebrity, Movie
Cyber Monday Special Interest Shopping
National Lemon Cream Pie Day Food & Beverage Food


Guru Nanak Jayanti Religious Indian Holidays
National Computer Security Day Special Interest Awareness, Safety, Technology
National Mason Jar Day Activities, Cooking
Saint Andrew's Day Cultural Catholic, Christian, Festivities, Historical

The Most Popular Holidays in November

Day of the Dead, Mexico (Tuesday, November 2)

One of the most well-known festivals in the world is Mexico's carnivalesque Day of the Dead, which features candy skulls and paper mache skeletons. Day of the Dead, also known as Da de Los Muertos, is not Halloween in Mexico. Cleaning family graves, placing candles and flowers on them, picnicking, and dancing to mariachi bands are all activities that participants partake in on this day.

It's an odd mix of celebration and remembering. It's a holiday honoring life and paying tribute to departed family members. It's lovely, joyful, and enjoyable.

Diwali, India (Thursday, November 4)

Photo: The New York Times
Photo: The New York Times

Deepavali, another name for Diwali, is a festival that is enthusiastically observed throughout India. The festival represents the triumph of good over evil. Twenty days after Lord Ram saved Sita from Ravana and vanquished him, people celebrate Diwali. The event commemorates Lord Ram's arrival in Ayodha after a 14-year exile.

Typically, Diwali falls on a night with no moon between the months of October and November. Traditionally, it lasted for five protracted days. The Diwali night, the new moon night, the end of the Ashvin month and the beginning of the Kartika month are all in the center of the darkest night.

BhaiDooj, India (Saturday, November 6)

Bhai dooj is the name of the fifth and final day of the important festival of Diwali. It honors the close bond that exists between siblings. Raksha Bandhan is quite similar, but it has different traditions. On this special day, siblings offer prayers for each other's health and long lives.

The celebrated Indian holiday known as Bhai Dooj takes place on November 6th.

Guru Nanak Jayanti, India (Friday, November 19)

Photo: The Financial Express
Photo: The Financial Express

The main celebration for followers of the Sikhism religion is Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab. It is encouraged to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru. According to the Hindu calendar, the celebration is held on Kartik Poornima, the fifteenth lunar day in the lengthy month of Kartik. According to the Gregorian calendar, this typically occurs in the month of November, according to Chimes Radio.

Two days prior to Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrations begin in Gurudwaras. Akhand Path, a continuous 48-hour recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, is practiced. A parade called Nagarkirtan is planned the day before Guru Nanak's birthday. The Sikh three-sided flag, Nishan Sahib, is carried by five men who are referred to as the Panj Pyare and who lead the parade.

This festival is well-known in India, especially among Sikhs. Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Black Necked Crane Festival, Bhutan (Thursday, November 11)

We have to admit that we would love to attend a festival honoring a threatened bird. Its location in rural Bhutan only adds to its allure. The black-necked crane is a threatened Asian bird and an essential part of Bhutanese culture. especially in the winter.

In order to celebrate the bird's arrival each November after waiting for it to return since March, the locals congregate at Gangtey Goenpa in the Phobjikha Valley. They take part in cultural dances, sing folk songs, and watch various performances with environmental and crane preservation themes.

All Saints Day Kite Festival, Guatemala (Wednesday, November 1)

Photo: Pinterest
Photo: Pinterest

Everywhere in Central America, a variation of Da de los Muertos, also known as the Day of All Souls, is observed. If not, communities can come together in cemeteries on All Saints Day (typically November 1 or 2) to decorate their altars and remember their deceased loved ones.

Day of the Dead is observed in Guatemala's Sacatepéquez cemetery with the All Saints Day Kite Festival, also known as Barriletes Gigantes. Large kites made of natural materials are designed and made by both locals and tourists; some of these kites have been as wide as 20 meters.

Burning Barrels at Ottery St Mary, Devon, UK (5 November)

Nobody really knows where the custom of burning tar barrels on a November night came from, but Ottery St. Mary in Devon is well known for its tar barrels. According to the festival's official website, it started soon after Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot was thwarted.

Therefore, on November 5, locals grab the large Tar Barrels and carry them through the streets in full flames. Certainly, this is a particularly distinctive UK experience because we carry the barrels rather than roll them.

Govardhan Puja, India (Friday, November 5)

Govardhan Puja (IAST: Govardhana-pj), also referred to as Annakut or Annakoot (literally, a "mountain of food"), is a Hindu festival during which devotees worship Govardhan Hill and prepare and present a wide array of vegetarian food to Krishna as an expression of gratitude. This day honors the Bhagavata Purana incident where Krishna raised Govardhan Hill to give the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential downpours. The incident is interpreted as a symbol of how God will shield all of his followers who find sole refuge in him. In a symbolic representation of the Govardhan Hill, devotees offer a mountain of food to God as a ritual reminder and to reaffirm their faith in turning to him for protection. The majority of Hindu denominations in India and abroad observe the festival.

It is one of the important festivals for Vaishnavas, especially the Pushtimarg of Vallabha, the Gaudiya Sampradaya of Chaitanya, and the Swaminarayan Sampradaya. The Annakut festival takes place the day after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the first lunar day of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Kartik.

Remembrance Day (Thursday, November 11)

Photo: Gazette Live
Photo: Gazette Live

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states. It is also occasionally known informally as Poppy Day due to the tradition of the remembrance poppy. Since the end of the First World War, Remembrance Day has been observed to honor military personnel who have lost their lives while performing their duties. In many non-Commonwealth nations, the day is also observed with war remembrances, continuing a tradition started by King George V in 1919. Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 in the majority of nations to commemorate the end of hostilities in the First World War. According to the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning, hostilities officially ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month". (The phrase "At the 11th hour" refers to the time when it is 11:00 am.) When the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, the First World War came to an end.

Armistice Day gave rise to the custom of Remembrance Day. King George V hosted a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" on November 10, 1919, in the evening, marking the first Armistice Day at Buckingham Palace. The following morning, on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the first official Armistice Day was held. Many nations changed the holiday's name during the Second World War. While the US chose Veterans Day, Commonwealth of Nations members chose Remembrance Day.

World Prematurity Day (Wednesday, November 17)

Every year on November 17th, World Prematurity Day is observed to raise awareness of preterm birth and the worries that preterm infants and their families face around the world. Preterm births account for roughly one in ten of all births worldwide, or about 15 million babies annually. The most common cause of death for children under the age of five worldwide is preterm birth.

Given that the first country-level estimates indicate that 15 million babies are born prematurely globally and that rates are rising in the majority of nations with reliable time trend data, immediate action is always called for to address preterm birth. Preterm birth is essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG) of ensuring the survival of all children by the year 2015 and beyond. It also adds value to investments made in maternal health (MDG 5), which has a link to non-communicable diseases. Families and healthcare systems may be impacted by the additional burden of prematurity-related disability for preterm babies who survive.
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