Welcome to October


October 1, 2023 No Comments

October’s Name Comes from the Latin Word octo, Meaning Eight

It Actually Began as the 8th Month of the Early Roman Calendar Before January & February Were Added

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and spring in parts of the Southern Hemisphere.  As we enter October, in many parts of the United States it’s still hard to tell the difference between summer and fall, except the nighttime temperatures are finally beginning to drop.  In the northern parts of the U.S. and all of Canada it’s almost like winter has put on its coat.

October brings a beauty like no other month, with its fall foliage and crispness in the air.  It is also the spookiest month of the year, with the upcoming Halloween festivities.  

October’s birthstones are the tourmaline and opal, and its birth flower is the calendula.  

Magnificent cut of Tourmaline
I wasn’t familiar with the Calendula until this blog

A combination of observances and special celebrations, here is October in a nutshell.  

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • World Blindness Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Filipino American History Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

If you can’t find one of these to support and get behind you’re not trying.  Everyone should do something!!!

October 1st—Astronomy Day, International Coffee Day and National Homemade Cookie Day

October 2nd—Name your Car Day

October 3rd—Interestingly, this is the end of Oktoberfest in Germany, but you should still check around your area for your own celebration; Child Health Day; and the Beginning of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 4th –-National Golf Day and Cinnamon Roll Day (Sweden) my BoomerGuy is Swedish

October 5th—Do something nice day and World Teacher’s Day

October 6th—Come and Take it Day (to prevent bullying)

October 7th—International Bike and Walk to School Day

October 8th—International Home Movie Day

October 9th—Columbus Day; Indigenous People’s Day; Canadian Thanksgiving Day; Leif Erickson Day; and Fire Prevention Week

October 10th—National Angel Food Cake Day and World Mental Health Day

October 11th—Emergency Nurses Day and LGBT Coming Out Day

October 12th—Cookbook Launch Day and National Gumbo Day

October 13th—Friday the 13th and World Sight Day

October 14th—National Motorcycle Day—Go Hogs! And on this Day President Ronald Reagan Declared War on Drugs

October 15th—White Cane Safety Lane Day for the Blind

October 16th—World Food Day

October 17th—National Pasta Day and Boss’s Day

October 18th—National Meatloaf Appreciation Day

October 19th—Evacuate Your Life Day???

October 20th—International Chef’s Day

October 21st—International Nacho Day, National Cheesecake Day and The Sweetest Day

October 22nd—Mother-in-Law Day and Being Smart is Cool Day

October 23rd—National Mole’ Day

October 24th—World Polio Day

October 25th—Howl at the Moon Night and International Artists Day

October 26th—National Mince Meat Day

October 27th—Frankenstein Day and Black Cat Day

October 28th—Make a Difference Day

October 29th—National Cat Day

October 30th—Mischief Night and National Candy Corn Day

October 31st—Carve a Pumpkin Day and Halloween Night

Of special note, on Saturday, October 14th an annular eclipse will be visible in the continental United States.  In the morning the moon will cover the face of the Sun, so that the Sun appears in the sky as a single ring of light, known as the ring of fire.  It occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for the viewer on Earth.

The partial eclipse begins at 8:05 am PDT and the annular eclipse begins at 9:18 am PDT, the duration is 3 minutes, 39 seconds

FUN FACT.  And one last note worth mentioning, the last two to three weeks in October are normally the only time of year during which all the Big Four major professional sports leagues in the U.S. and Canada schedule games.  The National Basketball Association begins its preseason; the National Hockey League is about one month into its regular season; the National Football League is about halfway through its regular season; and the Major League Baseball is in its postseason with the World Series.  To date, there have been 29 occasions in which all four leagues played games on the same day (an occurrence popularly termed a sports equinox).  The most recent of these having taken place on November 3, 2022.

Phew.  It’s a busy month.  Looks like the kickoff to the Holiday Season has also begun.  

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