Looking Ahead to October Observances
It’s October and the leaves are turning. Anyone who suffered a summer heat wave will welcome the cooler air as we head towards winter. Here are some of the occasions we will be celebrating in October.
- October 8 is Columbus Day, celebrating the legacy of the great explorer who took knowledge of the Americas back to Europe.
- October 9 is Leif Erikson Day, honoring another explorer. It marks the date of the first organized immigration to America from Norway. Leif Erikson is said to have beaten Columbus to the punch by discovering America in 1001 AD.
- October 11 is General Pulaski Memorial Day, commemorating, a Polish hero who died in the American Revolution.
- October 15 is White Cane Safety Day or Blind Americans Equality Day, an occasion to celebrate the achievements of visually impaired Americans.
- October 16 is National Boss Day, an observance to appreciate bosses which dates back to 1958.
- October 20 is Sweetest Day. Celebrated on the third Saturday in October, this day is used to show acts of kindness to the underprivileged. It is celebrated widely in Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit.
- October 24 is United Nations Day, which publicizes and celebrates the work of the international organization.
- October 31 is Halloween – more on that later in the month.
Other October observances include:
- Child Health Day – October 1
- World Vegetarian Day – October 1
- Walk to School Day – October 3
- World Mental health Day – October 10
- English Language Day – October 13
- Universal Children’s Week – October 1-7
- World Space Week - October 4-10
- Earth Science Week – October 14-20
And it’s the month for shelter dogs, AIDS awareness, bullying prevention, dyslexia awareness, Halloween safety, dental hygiene, ergonomics, chili and much more. Which celebrations will you be observing in October?