Crunch! Crunch! It’s October 14th, the 287th day of the year, and the calendar is filled with fun and unusual holidays to celebrate.
October 14th is a holiday for chocolate-covered insects, lower case letters and more. Dessert lovers, frumps and others mark October 14th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 14th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Chocolate-Covered Insects Day
Doesn’t nearly anything taste better, if it is smothered in chocolate?
October 14th might give chocolate lovers cause for pause, however, It’s Chocolate-Covered Insects Day.
How many different varieties of insects might people eat, if these are dipped in chocolate? How about ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, locusts and other creepy crawlers?
If these suggestions sound a little too Fear Factor for you, simply scroll down. (It’s also International Dessert Day on October 14th.)
Who’s feeling a little frumpy today? October 14th is Frump Day, a humble holiday that celebrates the most unpretentious among us.
Have you ever been caught doing errands in a dumpy set of sweats? How about that time you ran to the corner store for a gallon of milk, wearing that baggy top with those pajama pants and uncombed hair?
Frumps are in fashion on October 14th. What is a frump? According to many sources, the word “frump” is actually an acronym for a Frugal, Responsible, Unpretentious Mature Person.
Frump it up today!
International Dessert Day
October 14th is International Dessert Day, a dieter’s delight. After all, if dessert is declared as the order of the day for a special holiday all its own, can calories legitimately count?
What is your favorite dessert? From trifles to truffles, mochas to mince meats, desserts are in on October 14th.
Also, October is National Dessert Month in the United States, making sugar cravings positively patriotic for Americans.
lower case day
Honoring the birthday of American poet e.e. cummings, who penned his free verse poetry without using capital letters, October 14th is known as lower case day.
Edward Estlin Cummings, known popularly as poet e.e. cummings was born on October 14, 1894.
Skip the caps on October 14th, if you may. It’s lower case day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 14th: Angadrisma of Beauvais, Agratius of Vienne, Bernard of Arce, Burchard of Wurzburg, Callistus I, Carponius of Caesarea, Dominic Loricatus and Donatian of Rheims.
Additional October 14th saints include Evaristus of Caesarea, Fortunata of Caesarea, Fortunatus of Todi, Frans Roslaniec, Gaudentius of Rimini, Gundisalvus of Lagos, Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie and Justus of Lyon and Lupus of Caesarea.
Still more October 14th saints are Manacca, Manehildis, Marie Poussepin, Nikolas Svjatosja of Tsjernigov, Priscian of Caesarea, Roman Lysko, Rusticus of Trier, Saturnin of Caesarea, Selyf of Cornwall and Stanislas Mysakowski.
Notable Anniversaries on October 14th:
During the Norman Conquest, the Saxon King Harold of England was killed in the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066.
Chuck Yeager, a U.S. Air Force test pilot, broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying a Bell X-1 rocket plane over California’s Edwards Air Force Base.
Various Other October 14th Holidays
October 14th is also Adopt-a-Dog Month, Bald Is Beautiful Day (varies), Big Kids Day (Channel Islands), Book Fair Day (Germany), Columbus Day (Belize), Day of Formation of the Tajik Republic (Tajikistan) and Day of Scetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskhete (Georgia).
Additional October 14th holidays include Democratic Congo Founder’s Day, Emergency Nurses Day (varies), Fairies’ First Fiddle of the Month Festival Holiday, Feast Day of St. Calixtus the Martyr, Feast of St. Dominic Loricatus, Festal Celebration Holiday of St. Donatian the Confessor, Hawaii Discovers’ Day, Mega Kenka Matsui – Roughhouse Festival Day (Japan), National Occupational Therapy Day, National Take Comfort Day, Nyerere Day (Tanzania) and October Revolution Holiday (Yemen).
Still more October 14th holidays are Peace Corps Day, Petjouden (Bulgaria), Quarrel Festival Holiday (Japan), Santa Fortunata (Peru), St. Burckard the Confessor Feast Holiday, St. Callistus I Day, Taoist Kusu Island Pilgrimage Day (Singapore), Thanksgiving Day (Canada), Vinternatsblot (Europe), Winter’s Day, Yemen National Day, Yorkshire Blessing of the Fish Harvest Holiday (United Kingdom), Youth Day (Zaire) and Zaire Founders Day.
Happy October 14th to one and all!
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