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Monthly challenges September 2023


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We are going to visit 4 festivals that are held around the world in the month of September.

When you've finished a layout, post it in the Monthly Challenge Gallery, then come back and leave a link to your layout in this thread.  If you're participating in the September Challenge Chase, be sure to put your link in that thread as well.

1. Mid-Autumn Festival CHINA:
Known to be one of the biggest celebrations held annually in China, the Mid-Autumn festival is an event of great cultural and traditional importance. It always takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, set this year to occur on September 10, primarily celebrating one of the world’s greatest pieces of symbolism – the moon.

In this festival, the moon is celebrated as a symbol of peaceful times, and is best commemorated under the silvery light of the full moon.

It’s a festival that goes back around 3,000 years, and is heavily steeped in tradition. Participating in this event means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for stargazing, moon watching, lighting lanterns and incense burners, as well as enjoying the local cuisine!

CHALLENGE: Clip a photo to a circle, or use a photo of the moon.


2. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany - Sat, Sep 16, 2023 – Tue, Oct 3, 2023

Many are led to believe, due to the name, that Oktoberfest occurs mainly in October, but truthfully it only ends in October. This awesome German festival is celebrated all across the Western world, beginning September 17 and ending October 3. Unlike most festivals, Oktoberfest is a beer festival, and all celebrations and traditional festivities revolve around indulging in some of the local brews.


CHALLENGE: create a layout of a party.... using the colors of beer for inspiration.


3. La Mercè – Barcelona, Spain - 23rd to 25th of September 2022

Spain has loads of festivals to enjoy. Each one with a vast culture and tradition. If you happen to be around Barcelona around September from the 23rd to the 25th however, then chances are that you’ll catch the La Mercè celebrations. It’s a festival with largely religious origins, having started out as a way to honor the ‘Virgin of Grace’ (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), the patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona.

One of the most unique parts of La Mercè are the Human Towers, known as ‘castellars’. People (usually men) train to be able to create huge towers with layers of people – they can get so high!

They’re usually topped with children, who climb up the adults below to crown the ‘castellar’ like an angel on a Christmas Tree. They’re pretty amazing to see, if only to feel your heart beat faster!

CHALLENGE: Use stacks of paper - as many as you can use, with a photo on the top.


4. Diwali, India - and around the world

Diwali, known as the ‘festival of the lights’, represents light’s triumph over darkness. The magical sight of cities glowing with fireworks and paper lanterns is even more stunning up close; candles are lit everywhere and lanterns are set into the sky. 

You can definitely look forward to more extravagant displays too! From gift exchanges, flower necklaces on every human and animal, loud firework shows and more, the festival crosses India’s borders to every country where Hinduism is present.  

Diwali is one of the most celebrated and biggest festivals in the world.

CHALLENGE: - Use glowing lights as inspiration for this challenge. Using bright neon colors.





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