Bhai Dooj and Chhath Puja to Thanksgiving: November festivals around the world

Bhai Dooj and Chhath Puja to Thanksgiving: November festivals around the world

Come this November and witness not just traditional festivals like Chhath Puja and Gurunanak Yajayanti being celebrated, but also bizarre festivals that involve feeding monkeys!

From Chatth Puja in India to Thanksgiving in the United States, November brings with it a colourful array of festivals to look forward to. Indians will gear up to celebrate Gurunanak Jayanti and Bhai Dooj, tourists and locals will throng to to the Pushkar Fair and Rann Utsav, while people in the West will excitedly prepare for the grand Thanksgiving turkey meal. Not just that, in other parts of the world like Bangkok, people will be celebrating the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong lantern festival, this winters. What more, there's even a festival dedicated to monkeys this month! Click through to know more about some of the prominent and bizarre festivals the world is celebrating this November. (Source: Rann Utsav/Facebook, Kedar Kulkarni/Instagram, Wikimedia Commons)

Bhai Dooj, November 1: Bhai Dooj is the fifth day of the five-day Diwali celebrations. This day is very special for siblings, wherein sisters pray for their brothers and apply tilak on their foreheads, and the siblings exchange gifts. Also known as Bhaiya Dooj or Bhau Beej, it is celebrated by Hindus and is similar to Raksha Bandhan. Bhai Dooj falls in the month of Kartika according to Hindu calendar. The festival clebrates the love and bond of siblings and is celebrated with a lot of happiness and enthusiasm. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Chhath Puja, November 6: Chhath is a Hindu festival celebrated each year very enthusiastically. This festival pays respect to the god of energy, also known as Dala Chhath or Surya Shashti. People offer thanks to god Surya for blessing life on earth. People worship the sun and pray for the well-being, success and progress of their family, friends and elders. Worshipping the sun is believed to cure diseases, and even leprosy. Chatth is predominantly celebrated in states like UP, Jharkhand, nepal and Bihar. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Rann Utsav, November 1, 2016 - February 20, 2017: This three-month long festival is organised by the Gujarat government during the winters. Tourists and locals get to experience the local cuisine, culture and heritage, while they enjoy the full moon on the salt desert beds. During this time, tent houses are built on the desert beds to give the visitors a feel of the local culture. (Source: Rann Utsav/Facebook)

Wangala festival, November 11: Wangala is festival is the harvest festival of the Garo tribe, which is predominantly found in Meghalaya, Assam and Greater Mymensingh in Bangladesh. The community gives thanks to the sun god and goddess for blessing people with a bountiful harvest. During this festival, young and old dress up in new clothes, a feathered head-gear and dance. People generally praise the god of harvest and sun for bestowing upon them great blessings after a good harvest. (Source: Wangala/Facebook)

Guru Nanak Jayanti, November 14: Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals of the Sikhs and is celebrated predominantly in India. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world. The celebrations are especially seen in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. (Source: MithCMonPhotography/Instagram)

Children's day, November 14: This day is the birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who is known to have loved children a lot. Which is why, today India celebrates his birthday as Children's Day. He would fondly be called Chacha Nehru and he was particular that children are carefully nurtured because they are the nation's future. The rights, care and education of children is especially emphasised on this day. Children perform and take part in cultural activities in school to celebrate the occasion. (Source: PTI)

Yi peng and Loy Krathong (lantern festival), November 14: Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month, according to the Thai lunar calendar ie. Loy Krathong). Many lanterns are lit and are launched into the air. During the festival, people also decorate their houses, gardens, and temples with khom fai that are intricately shaped paper lanterns. The festival is celebrated annually through southwestern Thai cultures. (Source: Sam Tihen/YouTube)

Thanksgiving Day, November 24: Thanksgiving Day is a traditional festival mostly celebrated in Canada and United States. It is observed as the day for giving thanks for blessing the harvest of the year. Predominantly celebrated by Christians, it is a secular festival which sees people across communities participating in it. The Pilgrim Fathers are known to have held a feast to celebrate their first American harvest and to thank the aboriginal people who helped them settle in, and this marks the beginning of Thanksgiving. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Lopburi monkey banquet, November 26-27: In this local festival in the Lopburi province in Bangkok, people offer fruits and vegetables to over 2,000 people. The festival is considered one of the strangest in the world. To feed the gallery, large quantities of food are brought to temples and fed to these monkeys. (Source: Capellanay/Instagram)