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October - Events and Holidays in October

Monthly Observations and Holidays
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October - What Events Are Observed in October?

What is the October Month Meaning?

October is the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar. It is one of the seven months that lasts for 31 days. October was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar before January and February were added. Its name originated from the Latin octo meaning eight. October falls within the season of autumn in the northern hemisphere. Interestingly, October begins on the same day as January each year except on leap years in which case no other moths begins on the same day.

Weekly Events Observed in October

In the United States, October is the official month for a number of month-long national events, some of which are more unusual than others. Many of them are aimed at raising public awareness of health and safety issues, while others are just for fun. Here is a rundown:

  • Eat Better, Eat Together Month
  • Class Reunion Month
  • Heart Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Month of Free Thought
  • National Book Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • Raptor Month
  • Sausage Month

Many days of the month also have their own special observances:

National Daily Observances for October

October 11th – Columbus Day

Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. This took place on October 21st 1492. It is an official holiday in the United States and has been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century. Most schools and many universities are closed on this day.

October 31st- Halloween

Halloween or All Saints Day is observed on October 31st each year. It roots lie in the Celtic pagan festival known as Samhain which was a celebration of the harvest and marked the end of the longer and lighter days of the year and the beginning of the shorter and darker days of the year. It is also linked to the Christian holy celebration of All Saints Day. Today, Halloween is a secular celebration. Popular Halloween activities include dressing up in costume, particularly scary ones and attending Halloween parties. In America it is traditional for children to go trick-or-treating around their local neighborhood.

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