Our top five events from around the world this month:
Surin Elephant Festival, Thailand
20-22 November 2009
North east Thailand’s most popular festival is the two day annual elephant festival in Surin, held on the third Saturday of November. In this huge tribute to the Buddhist kingdom’s best loved animal, over two hundred elephants are assembled to entertain and thrill the crowd, which gets larger each year. The stars of the show perform tasks such as elephant football, in between an array of folk dances and other cultural performances, ceremonies and parades.
Budapest Art Fair, Hungary
Now in its 15th year, this huge cultural event in Hungary’s beautiful capital city features a mix of events and exhibitionss across Budapest venues, as well as screenings and an art auction.
The 15th Annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines, Alaska, USA
November 11th – 15th
Celebrating the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the world, this event includes wildlife workshops, live raptor presentations and evening entertainment as well as the opportunity to witness the annual “Gathering of the Eagles” at the eagle preserve. At this time of year, over 3,000 eagles can be found feeding on a late run of salmon.
Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria
From 14th November
The Christmas Market at Vienna’s beautiful City Hall Square begins this month and is an unforgettable experience for those full of Christmas spirit. The fantastic backdrop of the Burgtheater and City Hall gives this market a wonderful Central European charm and a great place to do all the Christmas shopping. Every day the delicious aroma of punch, gingerbread, roasted almonds and honey puts everyone in the Christmas mood and in the evening the Christmas lights are a joy to see.
Pirates Week, Cayman Islands
Music, street dances, costumes, great food and drink, a mock “pirate invasion”, a glittering parade, sporting events and fireworks… this 11 day festival in the sunshine is great for the kids but also fun for everyone! Caribbean rhythms and cuisine and heritage vessels at George Town harbour make this unique to these beautiful islands.