For good weather and festivals, early November
India Pushkar Camel Fair, a week before full moon in Oct/Nov, 1 week.
Nepal (Nationwide), Tihar/ Deepavali (Festival of Lights), Oct/Nov, 1 day
(Thyangboche) Mani Rimdu (Buddhist story with masked dances) Full moon Nov/Dec, 1 day.
Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are the places to be). Full Moon Day early November, Bon Om Tuk (Water Festival), the country’s biggest festival. Locals celebrate the reversing of the current of Tonle Sap River with boat races and fireworks. Cambodia Pictures.
Tunisia, Sahara Festival, Douz, camel racing and other colourful desert events.
Laos, Vientiane, Pha That Luang Festival, music, processions, fireworks and serious partying, Full moon, 18-24 Nov.
Thailand Sukhotai Loi Krathong, candles, fireworks, folk music, dancing in the ruins of the old city. mid Nov.
Argentina (San Antonio de Areco), Gaucho Festival (Argentine Cowboys) 10-11 Nov. Argentina Pictures
Guatemala (Santiago Atitlán), Day of the Dead Kite Festival, 2 Nov.
Mexico. Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead). Oct 31- Nov 2. Mainly in the states of Michoacan ( esp. Patzcuaro) and Oaxaca. Different ceremonies to link the dead with the living. Visit cemeteries late night Nov 1-2 to see the candles, flowers, music, family parties.
For good weather and festivals, late November
China (Xishuangbanna Villages), Tan Ta (Dai people’s ritual celebration), Late-Oct/early Nov, 10 days. China Pictures.
Burma (Myanmar), (Taunggyi and nationwide), Tazaungdaing Festival (Festival of lights with home-made fire balloons), full moon day in mid-Nov.
Thailand (Surin), Surin Elephant Roundup, spectacular shows and parade from 100 elephants 16-17 Nov.
(Lop Buri), Vegetarian Banquet for Monkeys, late Nov/early Dec, 1 day
(Nakhon Phanom), Wan Phra Jao Prot Lok (Launching fire boats on Mekong River), Nov/Dec, 1 days.