13 Oct October Fest(s)

With the month half over, many people are starting the countdown to one of the biggest parties of the year: Halloween. What they don’t realize is how many other festivals they could be celebrating in the 2 weeks leading up to that spooky day. Read on to find Panrimo’s favorite international festivals in October. 7) Naga Fireball Festival (Nong Khai, Thailand) October 16th Crowds gather on the banks of the Mekong River to enjoy this unexplained phenomenon. As darkness falls, glowing orbs of varying sizes (some as large as basketballs) rise high into the sky over the river before vanishing. Though some nights are more active than others, thousands of these reddish, fireballs can be seen in the sky near the close of the Buddhist Lenten season. Many have tried to find scientific explanation behind the orbs, but no scientific explanation has stuck. Locals attribute the phenomenon to Naga, a mythic river snake. 6) Bridge Day (West Virginia, USA) October 18th The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia held the first Bridge Day to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the bridge’s completion, and what better way to do that than by allowing hundreds of people to throw themselves off of it? Every year 400 BASE jumpers parachute off the bridge, floating to safety in the river 876 ft below. Hundreds more rappel down from the bridge supports as 100,000+ spectators cheer them on. Supported by a number of extreme sport companies and...

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