Upcoming Holidays Across the Globe


When does the holiday season begin? Many people consider Fall to be a time when holidays begin to ramp up in our communities. The changing weather, the leaves, and the radio tunes. All are indicators that the holiday season is upon us! But what are other people celebrating across the world during this time? Here are just a few of those holidays!

Halloween (October 31st)

It’s no wonder that this is the first upcoming holiday. Halloween is not just a US tradition. It has origins in Europe and has taken many different forms since. Looking for a family-friendly Halloween opportunity? Check out the list of YMCA events by clicking here.

Read more about the History, Meaning, and Traditions here.

Dia de Los Muertos (November 1st - 2nd)

Travel just a few miles south and you’ll arrive in the neighboring country of Mexico. Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that pays tribute to the dead through reunions that include food, drinks, flowers, and so much more. The holiday is inspired by Mesoamerican rituals, European religion, and Spanish culture. Read more about the history here.

Diwali (November 4th)

Diwali, also known as the Festival of the Lights, is a Hindu celebration that has been around for more than 2,500 years. The biggest celebration takes place in India where they celebrate for five days making it the biggest event of the year. Read more about the history here

Thanksgiving (November 25th)

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the US which commemorates the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans who shared in an autumn feast in 1621. This holiday has also brought to question the relationship between Native Americans and Pilgrims at the time. To some Native Americans, this day serves as the “National Day of Mourning” in remembrance of the tens of thousands of Native Americans who died post-colonization. Read more about the history here


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