With November comes the countdown to holiday season and here at Destination MO, boy are we ready! Thailand celebrates the beautiful floating festival of Loy Krathong on 7 November, which sees the Thai people paying their respects to the goddess of water by sending off candlelit offerings along the country’s many waterways. Also in Asia, there is a double whammy for speed demons and petrolheads this month: they can get up to speed with all the latest developments in car technology at the Auto Guangzhou show, held from 21 to 29 November, or put their foot down and head over to Macau for the Grand Prix, from 9 to 17 November, when up to 115,000 spectators are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of their racing heroes. Meanwhile, you can become an expert on all the beautiful island of Taiwan has to offer at the Taipei International Travel Fair, taking place between 7 and 10 November. Over in Jakarta, the focus is on sartorial matters this month when Jakarta Fashion Week, which runs from 1 to 7 November at Plaza Senayan, showcases Indonesia’s best designers, while flying the flag for the country’s evolving fashion and creative industries.

In Europe, you have the chance to catch king of cool Lenny Kravitz performing at Paris Bercy on 23 November or at the Geneva Arena on the 25th. For those who are London-bound, Brit art stars Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst have exhibitions of their work on show, at White Cube, Bermondsey, and Paul Stolper gallery respectively. In France, Christie’s is again teaming up with Hospices de Beaune for the eagerly anticipated 154th charity wine sale, on 16 November, giving oenophiles from around the world the chance to get their hands on barrels of the new Burgundy vintage.

Thursday 27 November is a big day in the USA’s calendar, as it marks this year’s Thanksgiving. While almost every state holds a celebration of some kind, arguably the most famous event is Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. For the past 88 years, this fabulous extravaganza has seen some 3.5 million visitors gather to watch marching bands, giant helium balloons, and amazing floats replete with themed entertainment and celebrity guests, parade down the main avenues of Manhattan.

And finally, we are pleased to introduce our two Monthly Insiders, Mark Graham and Jennifer Bradley Franklin, who have the lowdown on visiting Macau and Atlanta this November.

Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications

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