What does a poppy, growing a moustache and not going shopping have in common? Well they are all linked to charitable things you can do this month before you over-indulge in December.
When: 1st – 30th November
Be part of the global movement to help men live longer and healthier lives. In the UK alone, men die on average four years before women due to lack of health awareness.
Get involved and get sponsored for growing a moustache (if you can grow one) or committing to exercising for 30 days!
What: Tar Barrel Race
Where: Ottery St Mary, Devon
When: 5th November
If you want to see something different than your normal firework display and bonfire for Guy Fawkes night, you should check out the Tar Barrel race in the small village of Ottery in Devon.
The idea is simple. Wooden barrels are soaked in tar, which is highly flammable, and set on fire. Once the barrel is burning fiercely, it’s hoisted onto the shoulders of the brave villagers (including children!) who then run through the streets with it.
This tradition goes back some 400 years, but no one knows exactly how the tradition started or why. The many theories include it marking the gunpowder plot of 1605. The other theory is that it was once a way for these coastal villages to warn each other of an imminent invasion by sea.
When: 11th November at 11am
Each year on the second Sunday in November, people in the UK remember the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
On 11th November at 11am, the nation observes a two-minute silence to mark the end of the first World War, which officially ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Every town and city will have events to mark Armistice Day and the two-minute silence on the day.
What: Diwali in London
Where: Trafalgar Square
When: 3rd November
Diwali is the beautiful Hindu festival of lights symbolising ‘victory of light over darkness’, typically lasting five days.
Now in its 18th year, Diwali on the Square brings the breathtaking festival to Trafalgar Square and includes performances, market stalls and workshops.
Be careful though, it attracts a whopping 35,000 people on average each year.
When: 17th November
International Students’ Day is a global observance of the student community. Its origins come from the commemoration of the Nazi storming of Czech universities in 1939.
Now the day celebrates the multiculturalism of the student community at universities across the world. Most universities celebrate International Students’ Day by organising an event for their international students.
Where: Palladium Theatre, London
When: 18th November
Cost: Prices starting at £70
Imagine seeing the best comedy, music, dance and magic performances in the presence of the Queen. And all in the name of charity! Well, such an evening exists and it is called the Royal Variety Performance.
The show has 152 million views worldwide when it is televised but you can buy tickets to the actual performance, which includes an after-show party attended by celebrities. Now if this isn’t one for your bucket list, I don’t know what is.
What: Buy Nothing Day
When: 29th November
Cost: Literally nothing
Can you resist the urge to shop for just one day? Then join the global movement that aims to stop us shopping endlessly for stuff that we don’t need. This year it goes head-to-head with Black Friday, the direct opposite!
Are you up for the challenge?
Join the movement #BuyNothingDay and get your friends and family involved.