5 October festivals around the world

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There are fun and exciting events that people celebrate across the globe between late September to early November. These diverse and fun celebrations deviate from the usual autumn events in the west where harvest time and coloured leaves are a cause for joy and merriment. You might want to check these out when you have the chance!

Take a look and see which one of these celebrations grabs your interest.

Mexico: Dia de Los Muertos

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This Mexican holiday translates to "Day of the Dead" and is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

On this day, people visit the cemetery to clean and decorate the graves of the deceased. This is done to entice their souls to come and visit once every year.

Plans are often made early in the year, so grand and colorful designs are often expected during this day. People also paint their faces and offer skeleton-themed snacks, treating this day as a celebration of reunion and remembrance.

India: Diwali Festival

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Celebrated within the fall season of the Northern Hemisphere (and springtime in the Southern Hemisphere), the Diwali Festival is a celebration of the victory of light over the darkness or hope over despair.

Before the evening of the festival, people clean up and decorate their homes, dress up in their finest wear and light lamps, placing them outside their houses before they pray to Lakshmi, goddess of fertility and prosperity.

Philippines: Masskara Festival

This is a festival in the Philippines, specifically in the island of Bacolod, which is well known for its sugar industry. It is celebrated every third week of October and has been likened to the Mardi Gras of Rio because people wear colorful costumes and elaborately decorated masks.

The term "Masskara" came from the words "mass" a group of people and "cara," which is "face" in Spanish while standing for the Filipino word for "mask" (maskara).

The festival was born in order to lift the spirits of the people in the "City of Smiles" after some sugar-related misfortunes came about in the past.

Germany: Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is the world's biggest beer festival. It is held every year in Munich and Bavaria for 16 to 18 days.

During this event, beer is served and shared all around while amusement park rides, games and more are enjoyed. The food is plentiful as well, with different kinds of cheeses, meats and other delicacies sold in event stalls everywhere.

Often, agricultural shows and displays are present to help promote the hard work and charm of farming.

France: Nuit Blanche

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This five-to-six night celebration translates to "all-nighter" in French.

During these October nights, museums, private and public art galleries and other cultural institutions stay open, free of charge. Citywide art installations and galleries are accessible during the evenings.

The event was meant to instill a love for art and culture among the people. Often, art installations feature lighting or some sort of illumination, making use of the darkness to create eye-catching displays that entertain both locals and tourists.

Do any of these celebrations sound worth checking out? Schedule your travels with these events in mind to enjoy exciting and exotic celebrations across the world for the month.