Fall is the most favorite season of the year for millions of people around the world. The season is characterized by the changing color of leaves and nature is at its beautiful best in the fall season. People celebrate the season by putting up colorful decorations all around the house and enjoy the harvest season by preparing themselves for some exciting festivals and events. Almost every culture has its own festival to celebrate the arrival of fall and thank mother nature for entertaining them with stunning natural beauty. Here is a list of what OROGOLD considers some of the best fall traditions around the world.
Diwali is an Indian festival that marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Diwali is a 5-day celebration that is marked by beautiful bonfires, colorful diyas, beautifully decorated houses and festive celebrations. Hindus wear new clothes on the day and meet and greet their loved ones to seek their blessings for the New Year ahead. Diwali is celebrated by bursting firecrackers and you can expect the night sky to fill up with all sorts of sights and sounds as the locals celebrate the joyous occasion with their families.
Moon Festival, China and Taiwan
The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is an ancient festival that dates back to almost 3000 years. This beautiful festival is typically held at the end of the harvest season on the 15th day of the eight month of the lunar calendar. The festival is celebrated with huge family feasts that include red bean paste and moon cakes. One of the most remarkable folklores associated with the festival is the legend of Chang’e, a lady who lives on the moon along with the Jade Rabbit. This beautiful festival is also celebrated in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival, United States of America
The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 7-day festival that is celebrated in the month of Ocotber. It is considered to be the largest event of its kind in the US as well as the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. It is famous for the countless hot air balloons that paint the sky with their beautiful colors.
White Night, France
White Night, also known as Nuit Blanche, is an all-night festival that is held in the city of Paris during the fall season. This festival grants visitors with free admission into private art galleries, public art galleries, museums and cultural institutions.
Sukkot is a Jewish festival that is celebrated between the months of September – October. This festival lasts for 7 days and it celebrates the long 40 year journey made by Israelites after their exodus from slavery in Egypt. People celebrate the festival by setting up sukkahs (booths) in their homes and backyards as a remembrance to the dwellings where Israelites were forced to live.
Thimpu Tsechu, Bhutan
Thimpu Tsechu is the largest festival celebrated in Bhutan. The festival is celebrated in autumn for about 3 – 4 days. It is marked by beautiful dance performances by trained monks and locals dressed in intricate costumes. The festival is held in the honor of Guru Rimpoche, the saint responsible for bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.
Considered to be the most glorious and popular fall festival in the world, Oktoberfest is a festival unlike any other. Beer and food are the mainstays of Oktoberfest. This festival has been held in Munich ever since the year 1811 and it is the greatest beer festival in the world. Oktoberfest draws as many as 5 million people to the German capital each year and it is celebrated with traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels, sauerkraut, sausages and potato dumplings.
Day of the Dead, Mexico
The Day of the Dead Festival, also known as Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican festival that celebrates all those who have passed on and live in the memories of their loved ones. The festival, which is extremely popular in Mexico City, features beautiful costumes, a lot of dancing and exotic food. It has been labeled as the best celebration of life in the world.
Lughnasadh, an ancient Celtic harvest festival, is celebrated on August 1st to honor the Irish god Lugh. It marks the beginning of the grain harvest and is celebrated by offering breads made from the first harvest to gods and to ancestors. The festival is most famous for its elaborate feasts that contain Irish delights such as elderberry wine, bread and cakes, berry pies, roasted lamb, turnips and ale.
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