October 2024 US Calendar: Full List of Holidays and Celebrations
Before the Julian and Gregorian eras, October was the eighth month on the Roman calendar. Octo means eight in Latin. At the time, there were just ten months. In 700 BC, Numa Pompilius added January and February to the calendar. This adjustment more correctly represented the length of a year on Earth. As a result, October became the tenth month in the calendar. While other months have had days added or withdrawn, October has always had 31 days.
During the second month of fall, asters and chrysanthemums blossom. Their colors frequently complement the pumpkins and gourds harvested from gardens. Speaking of pumpkins and gourds, festivals such as National Pumpkin Seed Day, National Farmer’s Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, and National Pumpkin Day provide opportunities to set the mood.
The Hunter’s Moon is properly called, as many people seek wildlife in the fields and woodlands. Two meteor showers occur in October. They are called Draconids and Orionids.
There are also other sporting events scheduled for the month. Sports fans pack stadiums for everything from the World Series to the Rugby World Cup finals. In other ways, October marks a change in hunting and fishing seasons.
About 10% of people on the planet are vegetarians, and more individuals are cutting back on their meat consumption in favor of healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.
In addition to being the opening day of Vegetarian Awareness Month, World Vegetarian Day falls on November 1st.
There’s no better day to honor and celebrate your global love of coffee than this one.
This is the ideal chance to spread your passion for coffee to the rest of the globe if you’re still buzzing from celebrating National Coffee Day on September 29!
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Custodians put forth a lot of effort to maintain workplaces and schools tidy and functional, thus they most definitely need a day dedicated to their recognition.
02 WED National Custodian Day
Sweethearts who are supportive may help you grow as a couple, celebrate your victories, and get you through difficult times. They merit a day of their own because of this.
Several love holidays are observed in the US, including National Girlfriend Day on August 1 and National Couples Day on August 18. One such celebration is National Boyfriend Day.
The 2004 Lindsay Lohan film “Mean Girls” served as the inspiration for this unofficial holiday.
In the 2004 teen film Mean Girls, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and Lindsay Lohan starred. The comedic film explores the negative effects of cruel girl culture on young teenage girls and mocks high school cliques.
Since its founding in 1999, this day has served as a reminder to people to attempt smiling more often in order to feel good about themselves and possibly make other people smile by doing kind deeds.
On World Smile Day, remember to smile more and spread smiles to others!
04 FRI National Body Language Day
04 FRI World Space Week
04 FRI National Vodka Day
Anything you desire can be put inside a tortilla; everyone can have veggies, fish, or steak and chicken. Therefore, National Taco Day is observed to pay tribute to this beloved dish.
The best part about this day is that most taco shops will be offering exclusive National Taco Day discounts, so you can go enjoy this mouthwatering authentic Mexican meal at a lower cost.
READ MORE: How to Make Adobo Mushroom Tacos with Easy Steps
The purpose of the day is to draw attention to the mistreatment and unlawful death of animals worldwide as well as the significance of ensuring their wellbeing and protection.
Ensuring the safety of domestic and wild animals in their respective environments is our duty.
This day honors the amazing role that educators perform globally as well as their significant social contributions.
Not to be confused with Teachers’ Day, which falls on the first Tuesday of May and is a component of Teacher Appreciation Week, World Teachers’ Day is a worldwide event.
06 SUN National Noodle Day
06 SUN National Plus Size Appreciation Day
06 SUN World Cerebral Palsy Day
07 MON World Cotton Day
07 MON World Architecture Day
08 TUE Ada Lovelace Day
08 TUE National Depression Screening Day
08 TUE International Podiatry Day
09 WED National Emergency Nurses Day
It is estimated that in the year 1000, Leif Erikson brought the first Nordic European settlers to Continental America. This day honors the Nordic community in America as well as the wonders of discovery.
This day also aims to eradicate stigmas related to mental illness and encourage individuals to discuss about their mental health. Promoting, educating, and increasing awareness of mental health concerns is the goal of World Mental Health Day.
In addition to fighting against homophobia, National Coming Out Day promotes the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ persons should also use this day to show their pride and show off community symbols like the pride rainbow flag.
One of the oldest occupations in human history, farming is crucial to the provision of necessities for our daily sustenance, including grains, dairy, meat, eggs, and vegetables and fruits.
This unique day acts as a prompt to recognize and value the year-round, unceasing work of farmers.
12 SAT National Savings Day
12 SAT World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
12 SAT National Chess Day
12 SAT World Arthritis Day
Navy personnel and veterans typically celebrate the day with a formal dinner and Navy Birthday Ball. It also pays tribute to the men and women who serve in the Navy and represent their country.
Since this is not a public holiday, businesses and schools are operating as usual.
Since Columbus Day is a federal holiday, the majority of government buildings and banks are closed. The Columbus Day celebration in 2023 will commemorate the 531st anniversary of Columbus’s first notable expedition.
Native Americans and other Americans observe this day in protest of Columbus Day’s colonialist origins.
In remembrance of the contributions made by Native American tribes to American history, this holiday honors Native American ancestry and culture. It draws attention to the mistreatment of Native American tribes, many of whom were compelled to renounce their customs and culture in order to blend in with American society.
This is the ideal day to indulge in dessert without feeling guilty if you’re trying to cut back on it but still have a strong yearning. Gather your spoons and forks, and let’s delve into the world of sugary delights that slightly sweeten existence. Cheers to National Dessert Day!
14 MON National Fossil Day
14 MON World Standards Day
15 TUE White Cane Safety Day
15 TUE National Grouch Day
15 TUE Global Handwashing Day
15 TUE National Mushroom Day
Workers who get along well with their managers are urged to express their gratitude to them on this particular day. Another name for it is “manager appreciation week.”
Boss’s Day is celebrated on the closest weekday if it falls on a weekend.
Because the global food supply network is underdeveloped, people in first-world nations often overeat rather than eating sensibly and sustainably.
On World Food Day, people are encouraged to embrace healthy eating habits, which include rotating their diet and consuming seasonal vegetables.
In fact, October is considered to be Pasta Month informally because of how widely consumed pasta is! Additionally, October 25 is World Pasta Day, whereas October 17 is National Pasta Day.
It is hard to find an Italian dish that pasta does not enjoy, as it may be prepared in countless ways and taken in countless shapes.
17 THU Black Poetry Day
17 THU World Trauma Day
In Alaska, the day is observed as a public holiday, at which time most people take the day off from work and schools. The nearest weekday is used to observe the holiday if October 18th falls on a weekend.
People give their loved ones presents and kind gestures on this day.
The original plan for the day was for ladies to give candy to their boyfriends as a kind of celebration. Nonetheless, Sweetest Day has expanded in scope in recent years, and everyone is encouraged to show kindness to others.
This is a fun and joyful celebration of love, one of the many wonderful love-themed celebrations.
Today serves as a reminder to be fearless and give our emotions our whole attention. This is our chance to move in closer to our crushes and give them a kiss (with their permission, of course).
20 SUN World Osteoporosis Day
20 SUN International Sloth Day
20 SUN National Pharmacy Technician Day
Medical assistants help doctors and nurses by helping with clinical and administrative work, ensuring that everything runs well. However, they frequently don’t receive the credit they deserve.
The AAMA established Medical Assistants Week in the 1980s to increase public awareness of this occupation.
22 TUE National Nut Day
22 TUE International Stuttering Awareness Day
23 WED National Paralegal Day
23 WED National TV Talk Show Host
24 THU Stock Market Crash
This day honors the work done globally by the UN and its representatives while also reflecting on the UN’s past and achievements.
You can observe United Nations Day by taking inspiration from their efforts and acting on them. Choose a cause that you have strong feelings about, then give to it or, if you can, lend a hand. There is bound to be a cause you may support among the many UN chapters that each work toward various goals.
Nevada Day honors both the state’s strong frontier heritage and the historic October 31, 1864, admission of Nevada as the 36th state into the Union.
Nevada Day is still a state holiday that combines celebration with historical significance.
Pumpkins appear in everything from food to drinks to décor as soon as October hits.
Visit a pumpkin patch on National Pumpkin Day to select the ideal pumpkins to carve and decorate your house.
26 SAT National Make A Difference Day
27 SUN World Occupational Therapy Day
27 SUN National Mentoring Day
27 SUN National Mother-in-Law Day
27 SUN National American Beer Day
27 SUN World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
28 MON National Chocolate Day
28 MON National Immigrants Day
First responders are on call around-the-clock to handle situations that could endanger their lives. On National First Responders Day, we are reminded of the bravery and sacrifices made by those who work in some of the riskiest occupations.
The main goal of this day is to honor those who risk their life to save the lives of others, including police, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and others.
The purpose of 29 TUE National Cat Day is to increase public awareness of the overpopulation of cats, the advantages of adopting cats, and the significance of spaying and neutering cats.
It’s also a day to acknowledge what wonderful, fascinating companions they make.
30 WED National Breadstick Day
30 WED National Checklist Day
30 WED National Text Your Ex Day
30 WED National Candy Corn Day
Dhanteras, which is also called Dhanatrayodashi and Dhanwantari Triodasi, comes from the terms “Dhan,” which means riches, and “Teras,” which means the thirteenth day. In India, it is not a public holiday.
People tidy their homes and burn a lamp or Diya in honor of Yamaraj, the God of Death, on this day. You can avoid any mishaps or accidents that could have resulted in an unpleasant or premature death by taking this action.
31 THU World Cities Day
31 THU National Caramel Apple Day
31 THU World Savings Day
31 THU Samhain
Many of these antiquated traditions and rites are still observed today as people embrace Halloween’s spirit and observe it in various ways.
These could involve kids going door to door on Halloween night to trick-or-treat, or they could involve staying in and watching a scary movie.
Some people throw Halloween parties with candy and food with a Halloween theme, as well as games and activities including costume contests, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carving.
Celtic traditions from the past that are still evident in décor and practices include:
Bats, Cats, Toads, Skeletons, Spiders, Vampires, Witches, Zombies, Goblins, Ghosts, and Carved Pumpkin Heads (Jack O’ Lanterns), among others.
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