November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year, and the last of four months to have a length of 30 days.  

November claims its name from the Latin novem, meaning nine.  It was the ninth month of the Gregorian calendar until the Romans added January and February.

The Western Zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21).

November’s birthstone is the topaz which symbolizes friendship and the citrine, AKA golden amethyst revitalizes the mind and helps make your dreams come true.

Topaz, Photo by Abdul Matloob (Pexels)
Citrine, Photo by Seda Arslan (Pexels)

Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum, or Mums for short.  

Mums, Photo by saifullah hazel (Pexels)

Observances for the month of November.

  • Native American Heritage Month—celebrate the diverse traditions, history cultures and contributions of Native American People.
  • COPD Awareness Month—the debilitating lung disease primarily affecting so many Boomers and seniors.
  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)—hundreds of thousands of writers aim to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.  
  • National Entrepreneurship Month.
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month.
  • Aviation History Month—we recognize all things flying and the people who made it happen.
  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
  • International Drum Month—sponsored by the Percussion Marketing Council, this month encourages people to get drumming—literally.  

We do such a great job of creating something for everyone during the month.

Here’s what’s happening on each day.  Definitely noteworthy and fun to celebrate.  Just enjoy!!!

November 1st.       The Day of the Dead.  Dia de Los Muertos.  A festival originating in Mexico celebrating life and death, where people gather to honor the memory of their loved ones.

Photo by Bruno Cervera (Pexels)

                           World Vegan Day.  Try some delectable vegan dishes and recipes.

November 2nd.      National Men Make Dinner Day.  Yes, it means what it says.

November 3rd.      National Homemaker Day.  Let’s recognize those in charge of all the cooking, housekeeping, repairs, daily chores and grocery buying.

                           Love Your Lawyer Day.  Really???

November 4th.      Use Your Common Sense Day.  We all just need to take a pause and consider each decision before taking action.

November 5th.      Daylight Savings Time.  It ends and you get an extra hour of sleep.

November 6th.      National Nachos Day.  Share your favorite nachos recipe and dish.

November 7th.      Hug A Bear Day.  Promote family-friendly activities such as hosting a teddy bear party and baking teddy bear rice Krispie treats.

November 8th.      National Cappuccino Day.  

November 9th.      Go To An Art Museum Day.  

November 10th.    National Accounting Day.  Help people who want to take charge of their finances.

                           National Vanilla Cupcake Day.  

November 11th.     Veteran’s Day.  A solemn day recognizing those who have served in the military and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving this fine nation.

Photo by Element 5 Digital (Pexels)

November 12th.    National Happy Hour Day.  We can all get behind this one.

November 13th.    World Kindness Day.  Recall and tell a story of how one act of kindness impacted and encouraged you.

November 14th.    World Diabetes Day.  Join in your local diabetes awareness walk.

November 15th.    Clean Out Your Fridge Day.  Cook something from your fridge leftovers, and quite possibly invent something new.

November 16th.    National Entrepreneur’s Day and National Fast Food Day.

November 17th.    National Unfriend Day.  Tell the story of how Jimmy Kimmel started this event in 2010, encouraging people to unfriend anyone who does not add joy to your life.

November 18th.    Mickey Mouse Day. 

November 19th.    International Men’s Day.  Promote causes associated with men’s health.

November 20th.    Name Your PC or Apply Day.  Find out how many people name their computer.

November 21st.     World Television Day.  Think about your favorite TV shows.

November 22nd.    Go For A Ride Day.  Get on your bike and take a ride, indoors or outdoors.

November 23rd.    Thanksgiving.  A U.S. National Holiday to give thanks for the blessings of the past year.

November 24th.    Black Friday.  Many businesses offer huge discounts and promotions before the upcoming Christmas gift-giving season.  

November 25th.    Shopping Reminder Day.  Get a head start on your shopping list by following the deals from Black Friday, might just be a little less hectic. 

November 26th.    National Cake Day.

November 27th.    Cyber Monday.  People are encouraged to do their shopping online with special deals and discounts.

November 28th.    French Toast Day. 

November 29th.    Throw Out Your Leftovers Day.  Time to clear out excess food and donate to a worthy cause if still edible.  

November 30th.     Stay Home Because You’re Well Day.  Disconnect from your daily routines and practice self-care.

Now take a breath and figure out exactly what you want to participate in and celebrate.  There’s plenty to choose from.  

Editorial research:  Wikipedia and Mailer Lite, by Jonas Fischer