What's on around the world in November 2015

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What's on around the world in November 2015


As the Northern Hemisphere heads into the winter dark, India and Thailand are the places to be this November for festivals of light.

Hindus all over India celebrate Diwali from the 9th to the 13th, with the main celebrations taking place on November 11. The five-day festival signals the start of winter and New Year on the Hindu calendar, and celebrates good triumphing over evili.

In Thailand, it's Yi Peng and Loy Krathong with thousands of paper lanterns being lit and released into the night sky and decorated baskets floated upon the rivers at the full moon. While there are celebrations all over Thailand, one of the best place to witness the festival is Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. Parts of the city are adorned with floral arrangements, candles and lanterns adding to the mystique and beauty of this festival. Head to Chiang Mai from 22 to 25 Novemberii.

One of the best places to catch a glimpse of the releasing of paper lanterns into the night sky is in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

While you're in Thailand, why not stop by the Lopburi Monkey Banquet on 29 November in Lopburi, a three-hour train ride from Bangkok. The buffet is put on by locals for the 3,000 macaques that live in the area. Fresh produce and treats are elaborately stacked to create a mountainous feast for the monkeys, who are thought to bring good luck to the town. With food often flying, it's not for the faint-hearted and keep an eye on your belongings in case they get whisked away by Lopburi's furry friendsiii.

In mid-November baseball fans should head to Taipei, Taiwan, to catch the 2015 WBSC Premier12 baseball tournament's preliminary round from November 9 to 17 and then to Tokyo, Japan, to watch the semi-finals and finals at Tokyo Dome from the 19th to the 21stiv.


Despite the frosty chill settling over Europe, there's still plenty of sportsground action. In mid-November, London will host the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 from 15 to 22 November. See the likes of Djokovic, Murray, Federer and the Bryan brothers take to the courts to win the title.

Meanwhile, the Czech Republic will play Russia at the Fed Cup Final at the O2 Arena in Prague. This tennis tournament on November 14 and 15 is the sixth time the two nations have met at the Fed Cup, although three of those times they were known as Czechoslovakia and the USSRv.

In motorsports, the Wales Rally GB, from 12 to 15 November, summons the world's best drivers and best manufacturers to compete in what might be the most challenging motor sport competition in the world. The Wales Rally GB is the final event of the FIA World Rally Championship and culminates in three days of competition where drivers race to achieve the fastest stage timesvi. There will be 19 stages this year and you can visit the official website to find out where's the best spot to watch the rally.

Back in England, "Remember, remember the fifth of November" and join in the festivities of Bonfire Night at Lewes in southern England. Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night remembers the discovery of the Gunpowder plot that aimed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. See a slew of effigies burned and elaborate firework displays light up the night skyvii.


The third-last and penultimate edition of the F1 Grand Prix for 2015 will take place in Mexico City, Mexico, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. See the speed and tenacity of racing favourites Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton trackside on the weekends of 30 October to 1 November and 13 to 15 November, respectively.

New Yorkers take to the streets for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on 26 November. The spectacle of floats, balloons and roving performers is enjoyed by around 3.5 million people on the streets of Manhattan every year. Down south in Houston, Texas, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships are on late November from the 20th to the 28th. Over 294 athletes, representing more than 70 countries, will try their hand at the snatch, clean and jerkviii.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) takes hold of Mexico on 1 and 2 November, as Mexicans honouring the dead participate in an array of vibrant festivities and ritualsix. Head to Oaxaca, Mexico, for an experience like no other, where you can buy sugar skulls, participate in the rituals and immerse yourself in this festival. Bright displays of costume, flowers, and decorative calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls) are a feature of the event.

If the skull and crossbones is more your bent, the blue seas and golden shores of the Cayman Islands will be even more appealing during Pirates Week. The 11-day festival taking place from 12 to 22 November includes a kids' day, costume parade, sports events, competitions, street dances, music, local food, and much more.

This November, the UAE has all your golf, cricket and motorsports needs sorted.

Middle East

The Race to Dubai concludes at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the annual DP World Tour Championship, Dubai starting 19 November. During the four days, you can watch 60 golfing greats take to the green to claim the title and prize moneyx. And while you're in Dubai, why not watch Pakistan take on England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium as part of the T20 International Series on 26 and 27 Novemberxi.

The final event of the F1 Grand Prix racing season this year is at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 27 to 29 November. Find out if Vettel's lap record of 1:40.279 can be beaten at this year's Grand Prixxii.

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iiFest300, Yi Peng and Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival), viewed 18 September 2015,

iiiFest300, Lopburi Monkey Banquet, viewed 18 September 2015,

ivIBAF, 2015 WBSC Premier12, viewed 18 September 2015,

vFedCup 2015, Draws & Results, viewed 18 September 2015,

viWales Rally GB 2015, What is WRC?, viewed 18 September 2015,

viiLewes Bonfire Celebrations, viewed 18 September 2015,

viiiIWF, The Two Lifts, viewed 18 September 2015,

ixNational Geographic, Dia de los Muertos, viewed 18 September 2015,

xDubai Calendar, DP World Tour Championship 2015, viewed 18 September 2015,

xiNDTV Sports, Cricket Schedules, viewed 18 September 2015,

xiiFormula 1, 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, viewed 18 September 2015,