Cannabis Cup, Amsterdam
Puff Puff, Give Give
Each November, marijuana enthusiasts from worldwide gather in Amsterdam to vote on the best strain of grass at the High Times Cannabis Cup. Started in 1987, the competition has grown beyond the primary event to include music, entertainment, and categories including best new product, best glass, and best hash. The consumption of marijuana, be it smoked, eaten, or vaporized, is legal in Amsterdam and allows the Cup to exist.
Dia de los Muertos, Mexico
Celebrate the Living by Honoring the Dead
Festival of Lights, Thailand
Marvel at a Sea of Floating Sky Lanterns
It might be hard to imagine a more beautiful cultural festival. Thousands of sky lanterns (miniature hot-air balloons) are released in unison into the night sky of Thailand during the full moon of the nation's 12th lunar month. It resembles a sea of floating jellyfish on fire, some of them bursting into flames and falling like comets in the night.
Melbourne Cup, Australia
And They’re Off!
The Melbourne Cup thoroughbred race dates back to 1861 and is Australia’s premier horse race, rivaling the Triple Crown races in America.
Miss Columbia Beauty Pageant
The Most Beautiful Competition on Earth
Each November, the most beautiful women in Colombia compete in the Miss Colombia Beauty Pageant, or Concurso Nacional de Belleza, in Cartagena de Indias and a chance to be Columbia’s official entrant in the Miss Universe competition.
Monkey Buffet, Thailand
The monkeys of Lopburi, a central provence of Thailand, are considered to be direct descendants of Hanuman the mischievous monkey god who made Lopburi his kingdom.
Pirate Festival, Cayman Islands
Shiver Me Timbers
Yarrrrr, the land and sea be taken over by pirates for Pirate Week in the Cayman Islands. This fun-filled November festival has grown in popularity, so get on the boat early or you’ll be stuck walking the plank.
Pushkar Camel Fair, India
Two Humps Up!
Each year at the time of the Kartik Prunima full moon (usually in October or November) 50,000 camels migrate to Pushkar to be traded, along with thousands more horses, cows, goats, and sheep. For centuries, pilgrims and farmers have come from around India to this ancient holy city for the world’s largest camel fair.