October is not over yet and we still have some events to enjoy. It only depends on where you live and what your interests are. Here are 3 events happening in the last days of October, that really got our attention.
Salon du Chocolat (October 30 – November 3, 2019), or the Paris Chocolate Show, is a delicious yearly event that’s back for its 25th anniversary this year. The exhibition space will see 200+ pastry chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners from all over the world, that come together for one chocolaty affair.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about chocolate from the experts and get delicious recipes from some of the best chefs in the world. There are tastings and conferences with highlights including live performances and even a space dedicated to junior chocolate lovers. Yummy!
The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, between 26-27 October, 2019. Probably “the coolest marathon on earth”, and that’s no joke. The world’s craziest/ most determined joggers participate at the one of world’s northernmost points for 42 kilometres of ice, ice, baby.
The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and the soundless, arctic desert. Of course, you have to be into extreme sports to take part in this one, but you can always support the runners from a distance, and find out everything about the competition online.
Diwali (October 30 – November 3) is the biggest festival in India, and celebrates Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya after Ram and monkey god Hanuman defeated demon king Ravan and rescued Sita from his evil clutches (on Dussehra). Lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere, giving Diwali its name as “Festival of Lights”.
This event marks the end of the harvest season with feasts, gifts and prayers. Homes are festooned with jasmine flowers and candles, while vibrantly coloured sands shaped like lotus flowers form welcome mats for visitors. Women wear their best and most colourful saris, and fireworks brighten the darkness of night. Though originally an ancient religious festival, Diwali is celebrated by even the non-observant who mark the occasion as a time of post-harvest abundance, renewal and inner enlightenment – and foreign visitors are heartily invited to do the same. Diwali is also celebrated in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Halloween is coming as well, but that’s another story. More about the celebration taking place in October 31st, and all about our surprises for you, coming up soon…🙃