Important Dates in November

From giving thanks to the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, these are some of the most important dates and events in November.

Important Dates in November

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.  Megan McCormick goes in search of the first Founding Fathers in New England where she learns of their difficult 2 month Voyage.

The assassination of JFK on November 22, 1963 has gone down as one of the darkest days in American history and cast a shadow across the city of Dallas for decades. Ever since that fateful day people have flocked here to mourn President Kennedy’s death and try to make sense of what happened.


Ottery St Mary has a unique Guy Fawkes tradition, which has been practised by the townsfolk for as long as anyone can remember – tar barrel rolling. Men, women and children take part in the event, and it takes no small skill to roll the flaming barrels safely through the streets, cheered on by a huge crowd of thrill seekers. No one really knows when the tradition of tar barrel rolling started. Many believe it originated from pagan rituals to ward off evil spirits. Whatever the reason, it’s a spectacular occasion, and one for which Ottery St Mary has become renowned far and wide.

See what other events our intrepid team of explorers have uncovered around the world, from India’s sacred Rajasthani town of Pushkar when November it hosts not one but two major events. Megan McCormick joins the throngs as they gather for the annual Pushkar Puja.  Meanwhile in Thailand, Ian Wright uncovers the Surin Elephant Roundup in the north-east of the country when he joins a tug of war between one elephant and a hundred men!

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