What's on around the world in November 2014


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What's on around the world in November 2014

November is a month of events for the whole family to enjoy. There are Thanksgiving celebrations all over the U.S., led by the massive parade in New York City. Across the Atlantic, the English skies will light up with fantastic firework displays on Bonfire Night, an evening that dates back to the 1600s. Fans - young and old - of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Jack Sparrow or just pirates in general may want to head to the Cayman Islands' Pirates Week Festival. Families looking for a more tranquility should consider Chiang Mai for the annual Lantern Festival.

Bonfire Night lights up Lewes, England, with tremendous firework displays. Photo Credit: Flickr, uploaded by User: Dominic Alves.

Bonfire Night, Lewes, England

5th November

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, has its origins in the uncovering of the Gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. This is commemorated in England with bonfires, often with effigies of Guy Fawkes on top, and tremendous firework displays. One of the best places to enjoy Bonfire Night is the usually quiet town of Lewes in East Sussex, which comes alive with the biggest 5th of November celebration in the worldi. On the same evening, a torch lit procession through the town centre pays tribute to the seventeen Protestant martyrs executed in 1555 during the reign of Queen Maryii.

Typically up to 80,000 people enjoy the Lewes festivities, particularly the family-friendly firework displaysii. The event is organised by local bonfire societies: each has their own traditional costumes ranging from Tudor England to Mongol warriorsii, and Lewes Bonfire Council provide information for potential visitorsiii.

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

7th November

Known more commonly as the Lantern festival, Yi Peng is the Chiang Mai version of the Loy Krathong festival, where thousands of people release lit lanterns into the night sky, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. Rivers are adorned by festival goers with thousands of krathong, or small floating ships made from banana stalks and decked with incense, offerings, flowers and candlesiv.

This religious festival originated from the Brahmanic tradition before it was adopted by Thai-Buddhistsiv. The flames and lights of the lanterns represent the veneration of Buddha and it is a time for the region's people to reflect and undergo spiritual cleansingiv. If you attend this festival, be sure to treat the event with respect as you enjoy the parades, traditional dances, lantern-making contests, fireworks and local culinary delicaciesiv.

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil

7th to 9th November

Brazil hosts the penultimate race of the 2014 Formula 1 season and Mercedes' teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will go head-to-head for the title. Sebastian Vettel won this race last year to equal Alberto Ascari's 1953 record of nine consecutive F1 victories but this year Vettel has struggled, failing to win a single racev,vi. Great Britain's Lewis Hamilton from the Mercedes racing team currently leads the F1 championship standings after the Russian Grand Prix with 291 pointsvii. Australian F1 Grand Prix driver Daniel Ricciardo currently sits in third place behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosbergvii.

The track itself has a mix of bumps, long straights and unforgiving corners that will test the drivers to the limit and provide the crowd with a fantastic driving exhibitionviii. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Sao Paolo with a diverse range of bars and restaurants to entertain you away from the trackviii.

Pirates Week Festival, Cayman Islands

6th to 16th November

The Pirates Week Festival brings the ever-popular and notorious pirate culture back to life in an 11-day, family-friendly extravaganza. Attracting over 40,000 visitors in recent years, Pirates Week has grown to become the country's largest festival with street parades, dancing, fireworks and plenty of pirate-oriented activitiesix.

The highlight is the mock 'pirate invasion' where two replica pirate ships make a surprise landing at the George Town harbour and capture the Governorx. Try your luck at the hilarious Cardboard Boat Regatta with prizes for the shortest race, best costume and most remarkable sinking, or relax and enjoy the superb fireworks displayxi.

Thanksgiving brings families to together to celebrate and enjoy each other's company.

Thanksgiving celebrations, New York City, USA

6th27th November

One of America's favourite and most well-known holidays, Thanksgiving brings families together to celebrate and enjoy each other's company. The holiday originated from the feast the Pilgrim Fathers held to celebrate their first American harvest, but today families often use it to enjoy the parade in New York or watch American football gamesxii.

Many families will enjoy a roast turkey lunch, but it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The parade, first run in 1924, attracts 2.5 million spectators to Manhattan for the 4km spectacle of 'falloons', or balloons combined with floatsxii. After watching the parade finish near 7th Avenue, check out Macy’s flagship store on Herald Square with over 90,000 square metres of products, making it one of the world's largest department storesxii.


iLewes Bonfire Celebration 2014, Home, viewed 22 August 2014,
http://www.lewesbonfirecelebrations.com/

iiLewes 2014, Lewes Bonfire and Fireworks, viewed 22 August 2014,
http://www.lewes.co.uk/Bonfire/

iiiLewes Bonfire Council 2014, Advice for Potential Visitors, viewed 18 September 2014,
http://lewesbonfirecouncil.org.uk/advice/index.html

ivFest300 2014, Yi Peng and Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival) , viewed 22 August 2014,
https://www.fest300.com/festivals/yi-peng-and-loy-krathong-lantern-festival

vGP Brasil 2014, Sebastian Vettel wins record ninth consecutive race in Brazil, viewed 2 September 2014,
http://www.gpbrasil.com/?lang=EN&page=read&id=2319

viFormula One World Championship 2014, Results: Driver: Sebastian Vettel, viewed 18 September 2014,
http://www.formula1.com/results/driver/2014/822.html

viiFormula One World Championship 2014, Results: Driver, viewed 2 September 2014,
http://www.formula1.com/results/driver/2014/

viiiGrand Prix Events 2014, F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 2014, viewed 2 September 2014,
http://www.grandprixevents.com/f1-races/brazil

ixFest300 2014, Pirates Week Festival, viewed 22 August 2014,
https://www.fest300.com/festivals/pirates-week-festival

xPirates Week Festival 2014, Pirates Week, viewed 22 August 2014,
http://www.piratesweekfestival.com/

xiLonely Planet 2014, Pirate Festival: how to celebrate buccaneers in the Cayman Islands, viewed 22 August 2014,
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cayman-islands/grand-cayman/travel-tips-and-articles/77485

xiiLonely Planet 2014, Thanksgiving: a guide to New York City's Thanksgiving parade, viewed 22 August 2014,
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/travel-tips-and-articles/77476