Fall Traditions from Around the World
4. Diwali – India
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated primarily in India and across southeast Asia. The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, and hope over despair. It takes place across a five-day period, which varies between October and November depending on the Tamil calendar.
Hindus prepare for Diwali by cleaning out all their old possessions, and purchasing brand new things to celebrate the season. Each of the five days of Diwali focuses on different types of religious festivities, but the most important day is the third day, when families dress up, light lanterns, attend religious celebrations together, then exchange gifts.
5. Pushkar Camel Fair – India
The Pushkar Camel Fair has become more than just a regional livestock sale. It regularly draws more than 400,000 visitors every year, who come to see not only the animals for sale, but also the festivities surrounding the marketplace.
Each year, the fair opens with a camel race, followed by a cricket match between a local Pushkar team who take on random foreign tourists who want to try their hand at the game. There are hundreds of different items for sale, ranging from camels and goats to expensive fabric, jewelry, and clothes.
6. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Each October, hot air balloon aficionados from around the world gather in the desert of New Mexico to celebrate all things ballooning.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a joyful, colorful spectacle that takes place over nine days, and is full of different events celebrating the skill and artistry of hot air ballooning. Events like the Special Shape Rodeo and Mass Ascension regularly draw over 100,000 spectators — many of whom are locals who are able to watch from the comfort of their backyards.