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List of festivals and holidays in November 2021. Photo: Expatica

No matter what Country around the World, or City that you live in, there are usually some type of special events that your area is known for. Many of these types of events are held on an annual basis.

Full Calendar for Most Important Holidays in 2021

Date Holiday Category Tags

NOV 1 MONDAY

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

NOV 2 TUESDAY

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

NOV 3 WEDNESDAY

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

NOV 4 THURSDAY

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

NOV 5 FRIDAY

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

NOV 6 SATURDAY

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

NOV 7 SUNDAY

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

NOV 8 MONDAY

International Tongue Twister Day Fun Activities, Crazy, Fun
​National Cappuccino Day Food & Beverage Beverage, Dessert
STEM/STEAM Day Cause

NOV 9 TUESDAY

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

NOV 10 WEDNESDAY

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

NOV 11 THURSDAY

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

NOV 12 FRIDAY

National Happy Hour Day Special Interest Activities

NOV 13 SATURDAY

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

NOV 14 SUNDAY

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

NOV 15 MONDAY

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

NOV 16 TUESDAY

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

NOV 17 WEDNESDAY

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

NOV 18 THURSDAY

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

NOV 19 FRIDAY

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

NOV 20 SATURDAY

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

NOV 21 SUNDAY

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

NOV 22 MONDAY

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

NOV 23 TUESDAY

National Espresso Day Food & Beverage Beverage, Breakfast

NOV 24 WEDNESDAY

DrinksGiving Food & Beverage Beer, Beverage, Festivities, Liquor

NOV 25 THURSDAY

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

NOV 26 FRIDAY

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

NOV 27 SATURDAY

Small Business Saturday Special Interest Shopping

NOV 28 SUNDAY

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

NOV 29 MONDAY

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

NOV 30 TUESDAY

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

List of most popular festivals in November 2021:

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

With paper mache skeletons and candy skulls, Mexico’s carnivalesque Day of the Dead is one of the world’s most familiar festivals. Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Participants devote a day to cleaning their family graves, decorating them with candles and flowers, having picnics and dancing to mariachi bands. It’s an odd combination of remembrance and festivity. It’s a festival that celebrates life and respect for deceased family members. It’s beautiful, festive, and fun, according to Nomadic Matt.

Diwali, India (Thursday, November 4)

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

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated across India with great enthusiasm. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over bad or evil. Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Lord Ram rescued Sita from Ravana and defeated him. The celebration marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodha after 14 years of exile.

Diwali generally falls on the no-moon night between the month of October and November. Traditionally it used to go on for five long days. The darkest night centers the Diwali night, the new moon night- the end of the month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika.

BhaiDooj, India (Saturday, November 6)

The last day and the fifth day of the big festival of Diwali is called Bhai dooj. It celebrates the loving relationship between brothers and sisters. It is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan but has different traditions. Siblings pray for the well-being and long-life of each other on this special day.

This popular festival of India, Bhai Dooj falls on the month of November, on the 6th November.

Guru Nanak Jayanti, India (Friday, November 19)

Photo: The Financial Express
Photo: The Financial Express

Guru Nanak Jayanti, otherwise called Gurpurab, is the main celebration for the devotees of the religion of Sikhism. It is commended to celebrate the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The celebration is celebrated on the arrival of Kartik Poornima, which is the fifteenth lunar day in the long stretch of Kartik as depicted by the Hindu schedule, and typically falls in the period of November by the Gregorian schedule, told Chimes Radio.

Festivities start in Gurudwaras two days before the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. A 48-hour constant recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held. A day prior to Guru Nanak’s birthday, a parade called Nagarkirtan is coordinated. The parade is driven by five men, alluded to as the Panj Pyare, holding the Sikh three-sided flag, Nishan Sahib.

This is one of the popular festivals in India mainly for the Sikhs. In 2021, Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on 19th November, Friday.

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

We must admit: a festival dedicated to an endangered bird is right up our alley. The fact it's in rural Bhutan makes it even more appealing. The black-necked crane is a vulnerable Asian bird, a species incredibly important to the Bhutanese people. Particularly in winter.

So, locals gather at Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha Valley to celebrate the bird's arrival each November, having waited for its return since March. They sing folk songs, perform cultural dances, and enjoy a number of performances, themed around the environment and protection of the crane.

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

Photo: Pinterest
Photo: Pinterest

A version of Día de los Muertos (often given a slightly different name), or the Day of All Souls, is celebrated throughout Central America. If not, the Day of All Saints (usually 1 or 2 November) acts as an opportunity for communities to gather in cemeteries, decorate their altars, and remember their lost loved ones.

In Guatemala’s Sacatepéquez cemetery, Day of the Dead is marked with the All Saints Day Kite Festival, also known as Barriletes Gigantes. Locals and visitors alike design and create large kites out of natural materials – and when we say large, we’ve seen some 20m wide.

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

The village of Ottery St Mary in Devon is known for its Tar Barrels, but no one really knows where the tradition of burning them on a November night came from. The festival's official website reckons it began shortly after Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot was foiled.

So, on 5 November, residents grab the large Tar Barrels and carry them, fully aflame, through the streets. Certainly, carrying the barrels (as opposed to rolling them) makes this a particularly unique UK experience.

Govardhan Puja, India (Friday, November 5)

Govardhan Puja (IAST: Govardhana-pūjā), also known as Annakut or Annakoot (meaning a “mountain of food”), is a Hindu festival in which devotees worship Govardhan Hill and prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to Krishna as a mark of gratitude. For Vaishnavas, this day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Purana when Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains. The incident is seen to represent how God will protect all devotees who take singular refuge in him. Devotees offer a mountain of food, metaphorically representing the Govardhan Hill, to God as a ritual remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God. The festival is observed by most Hindu denominations all over India and abroad.

For Vaishnavas, particularly the Pushtimarg of Vallabha, the Gaudiya Sampradaya of Chaitanya and the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, it is one of the important festivals. The Annakut festival occurs on the first lunar day of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Kartik, which is the day after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Remembrance Day (Thursday, November 11)

Photo: Gazette Live
Photo: Gazette Live

Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of the remembrance poppy) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states. Remembrance Day has been observed since the end of the First World War to remember armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. In most countries, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of First World War hostilities. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

The tradition of Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning. During the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the holiday. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.

World Prematurity Day (Wednesday, November 17)

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide.

Urgent action is always requested to address preterm birth given that the first country-level estimates show that globally 15 million babies are born too soon and rates are increasing in most countries with reliable time trend data. Preterm birth is critical for progress on Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG) for child survival by 2015 and beyond, and gives added value to maternal health (MDG 5) investments also linking to non-communicable diseases. For preterm babies who survive, the additional burden of prematurity-related disability may affect families and health systems.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

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