October is finally here and with it comes myriad festivities and events! Though a traveller doesn’t need a reason to travel but the month of October might confuse even the most avid holidaymaker for obvious reasons. There are so many phenomenal things happening across the globe, myriad festivities and celebrations that are worth travelling for. From the very famous Oktoberfest and Pushkar Mela to Fantasy Fest and Halloween, festivals in October will give you more reasons to travel. When it comes to Indian festivals in October 2017, the month is so full with Diwali and Pushkar Mela. After all, there couldn’t be a better way to understand a city’s culture and tradition than being a part of its festivities. Especially if you wish to blend in with the natives of a particular place and make the best out of the trip. To trim down your confusion, we have this quick guide to famous October festivals in India and across the world to help you decide your next destination. Go, celebrate!
Foot-tapping music, free-flow of beer and a surfeit of lip-smacking German delicacies, best describe the Oktoberfest Goa. Counted amongst the biggest and brightest cultural fests in the beach state, Oktoberfest attracts a huge number of national and international travellers. The festival began in the year 2011 so that people could experience the real pleasure of renowned Oktoberfest that takes place in Germany each year. Travelling all the way to Munich to be a part of the grand celebration is a costly affair, so Goa decided to have its own beer and music event based on the same concept. This year too, the beer will overflow and exotic food will be served. It’s been five years now and Goa is once again all geared up to play the best host. This high-spirited event will have a wide range of beer including brands like Kronenbourg and Hoegaarden, among others. For the music lovers, it’s one of the best festivals where they can be a part of some grand concerts and watch groups like Alpha Code, True Blue, ROL, The Family, A 26 and Smooth perform live. So get your tickets booked already!
Date: 21st October to 22nd October (Saturday and Sunday)
Timings: 2 PM to 10 PM
Venue: Inox Courtyard, Goa
Pushkar Fair, India
A big draw in Rajasthan, Pushkar Fair is organised annually in the beautiful town of Pushkar in Ajmer district. The fair attracts lakhs of tourists each year from India and abroad. Counted amongst the oldest and the famous Indian fairs, Pushkar mela is organised in the month of Kartik (name of a month as per Hindu calendar). The event is so popular that most of the travellers and tourists plan their holidays around it so that they can experience something this grand. During this time, more than 10,000 camels, horses and other cattle are put on display for sale. Villagers, traders and farmers visit here in big numbers to buy cattle and other animals. Apart from this, the fair will also see some great Indian artists performing, including Prem Joshua, Indian Ocean and Raja Hasan.
Date: 23rd October to 4th November
Location: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Comic Con, Hyderabad
Comic Con is without any doubt one of the biggest fests that takes place across the globe and celebrates the love for comics and pop culture. This event is a perfect platform for comic lovers, gamers and movies enthusiasts to meet and greet their favourite characters from television and indulge in some interesting activities. This month, Comic Con will take place in Hyderabad in collaboration with Archie Comics. Limited-edition of the famous Archie comics will be made available for the fans here. A shout out for all Archie fans!
Date: 14th October and 15th October
Frankfurt Book Fair
One great love of all the book lovers in the world, Frankfurt Book Fair is a major global annual affair. The 68th edition of this book fair will commence on 19th October and will be attended by thousands of people. Book lovers from near and far come here to be a part of this prestigious book fair. Frankfurt, during this time, also becomes a major tourist hotspot. Rightly so.
Date: 14th October to 15th October
Colours, music, sound, band, Key West gets completely outrageous during Fantasy Fest, a vibrant annual fancy dress party and parade. You’ll be shocked to see people dressed weirdly (at times, only painted to cover their modesty), dancing out and parading on the roads of Key West. Some of the contests are so strange that they might blow your mind off! You won’t get it until you attend it!
Date: 20th October to 29th October
Location: Key West, Florida, USA
Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated with much enthusiasm in every part of India. On this day, Lord Rama came home from exile after killing the ten-headed demon king Ravana. People of Ayodhya celebrated this day by lighting candles, diyas and burning crackers, also offering prayers to Hindu deity Lakshmi, who is considered as the Goddess of Wealth in the Hindu mythology.
Date: 19th October
An integral part of the American culture, Halloween is the day when people explore their dark side and challenge their darkest fears. All streets in the United States remain packed with kids and adults, dressed up ghastly and ghostly as vampires, zombies, ghouls and more. Faint-hearted people, please avoid!
Date: 31st October