Remember the 5th of November? The fascinating story centered around Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) often referred to by our overseas friends as Guido Fawkes, who was a member of a group of EnglishRoman Catholic revolutionaries that famously planned to carry out the great Gunpowder Plot.
Although Robert Catesby was the lead figure in conjuring up the actual plot, Fawkes was the man put in charge of executing the plan, as a result of his military and explosives experience. The plot was however foiled, shortly before its intended devastating completion. Fawkes himself was captured in the act, whilst guarding the gunpowder. They were all later executed for treason. Suspicion was aroused because he wore a coat, boots and spurs, as though he intended to leave in a rush! Guy Fawkes most certainly left a lasting mark on history and popular culture in the United Kingdom and even parts of the Commonwealth.
On November 5 the yearly event of Bonfire Night takes place, centered on the concept of the plot and Fawkes the executor. The tradition of this truly remarkable British event still captures the imagination of children and adults alike, as they attend firework displays across Britain to commemorate a strange occurrence in history. All of this despite the safety risks of fireworks and the changes of modern culture in the UK.
The above historic event leads us to conclude that November is somewhat of an unlucky month and from a tourist perspective one of the quietest! There is plenty to look forward to though as events take on a more travel, traditional and Christmas feel. Here follows the best worldwide events this November…
The Dimitria Festival Thessaloniki Greece September - November 2009
The Dimitria Festival, held throughout the city of Thessaloniki, presents a wide range of music, theatre and dance and is the biggest event on the city’s annual calendar.
The traditional Thessaloniki feast day commemorating St Demetrios traces its heritage back to the days of the city's Golden Age, when the Byzantines ruled a vast empire from Constantinople (14th and 15th centuries). In those days the feast was known as "The Panathenaea of the Athens of the Middle Ages". Having been all but forgotten, it enjoyed a remarkable revival in the 1960s and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The festival prides itself on its mix of the traditional with the avant-garde and the range of events is impressive, featuring theatre, opera, dance, music, art and literary seminars. Past contributors have included Alan Bates, Peter Hall, Harold Pinter and major national ballets, operas and symphony orchestras.
Further information: www.dimitriathess.gr
Ireland Tralee Kerry Film Festival 31st October - 7th November 2009
The annual Kerry Film Festival screens over 100 films during the week-long event. Taking place in various venues in and around Tralee in County Kerry ranging from an old barn to city cinemas, a great atmosphere prevails and there is plenty of additional entertainment laid on for the many international guests and filmmakers that attend. Films are submitted in six categories: Best Experimental, Best International, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Irish and Best Director. There are also a number of workshops throughout the week that are open to all ages. The prestigious festival culminates in a prize-giving ceremony on the final day for the award-winning films.
Further information: www.kerryfilmfestival.com
Melbourne Cup 3rd November 2009One of the biggest events in Australia's horseracing calendar, the149th Melbourne Cup is the country's richest and most famous horse race. First held in 1961, the race is steeped in tradition and always begins at 15:00 on the first Tuesday in November and is always run over a 3,200M (2 miles) course. But events begin much earlier in the day with the first race of the 10-race programme beginning at 10:20. Like many of the biggest racing meetings around the world, it's an opportunity to dress up in your finest outfits with flamboyant hats being the order of the day for many women.
Further information: www.melbournecup.com
England, Devon Ottery 5th November 2009
Ottery St Mary is a small town between Exeter and Honiton in East Devon. The Ottery Carnival is split into two parts; the first part consists of a procession of Tableaux and a grand firework display. The second part consists of the lighting of the annual bonfire and the carrying of lighted tar barrels through the streets. November the 5th each year is the traditional day for the Tar Barrels and only changes when the 5th falls on a Sunday. The procession and fireworks are normally on the Saturday before the 5th of November.
Further information: www.otterytarbarrels.co.uk
London UK, WTM World Travel Market 9TH – 12TH November 2009
The global event for the travel industry staged annually in London at the Excel centre. The World Travel Market is a vibrant must attend 4 day business to business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof. By attending World Travel Market, participants efficiently, effectively and productively gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry. At Perpetual Traveller we predict an even lower turn-out than usual too as the travel trade is down and Tourism is looking more inwards than ever to due to the weakness of the pound.
Keep in mind that if you are in London during this event, Hotel prices can be on the high side Try this link for the best online prices we can find:- http://www.booking.com/index.html?aid=307656&lang=en. Also be aware that Excel Center is far away from the City Center.
Further information: www.wtmlondon.com
Surin Elephant Round-up 21st – 22nd November 2009
Surin, the northeastern province known as ''the Land of Elephants'', has been holding the annual Elephant Round-up for nearly half a century. Internationally famous, the annual event brings thousands of visitors to the Sri Narong Stadium in the provincial city of Surin, where some 200 trained elephants are assembled. Among the spectacular shows are elephant football, tug-of-war between elephants and men, demonstrations of log-pulling skills and a spectacular parade of elephants outfitted for medieval warfare.
Further information: www.elephant-news.com
German Christmas Markets 28th November - 24th December 2009
World famous Christmas Markets like no other! If you’ve not yet experienced a German Christmas Market you should add it to your list of must do’s. It’s especially interesting for all the family!
One of the most famous markets is called Nuremberg .The Old Town is decorated in its Christmas regalia and permeated with tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, Nuremberg sausages and gingerbread, thus creating an unforgettable atmosphere that stimulates all the senses. The Christkindlesmarkt lies right at the heart of the city which is steeped in more than 400 years of tradition, providing an international showcase for all Franconian and German Christmas Markets.
Further information: www.christmasmarkets.com
So there you have it, the world event Calendar brought to you by Perpetual Traveller. We wish you good fortune in this business rich month and better luck than Guy Fawkes!