October isn’t just about Halloween. In America, various organizations have commemorated their purposes by dedicating them to the month of October in order to gain interest amongst the general public.
October: Computer Learning Month
The Computer Learning Foundation enacted this month to encourage the continuation of computer literacy as global dependence on computers increases. While the immediate goal is to motivate those who have basic issues with computing, such as scanty knowledge or difficulty operating the internet, Computer Learning Month is also meant to encourage those who have excelled in these fields to push their education further.
October: National Clock Month
Usually celebrated by teaching children to read time (increasingly made easier by the amount of computerized clocks accessible) and completing tasks people may be otherwise avoiding, National Clock Month is a period of celebrating the importance of linear progression consciousness. As of yet October is the only month to commemorate an inanimate object in the U.S.A
October: National Apple Month
Though first started in 1904 as National Apple Day, in 1996 National Apple Month began encompassing September-November in attempts to increase apple revenue and educate the general public about apple and apple product uses. Steve Job’s knowledge of this October holiday remains to be seen.
October: National Dessert Month
Though October is National Dessert Month, there are also specific national dessert days throughout the American holiday calendar. For example, December 5 is Sacher Torte Day and July 15 is Tapioca Pudding Day. It is inconclusive whether the 21 desserts with individual holidays are meant to be celebrated in October as well, or if October is merely for the remaining desserts were are not honored singularly but still deserve collective recognition. As though in attempts to make things less clear but more redundant, while the entire month of October is National Dessert Month, there is also a National Dessert Day on October 14.
October: Eye-Injury Prevention Month
Started by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Eye-Injury Prevention Month strives to provide information of which the general public might not be aware, such as the importance of wearing protective goggles while performing home repairs. Additional information about eye protection may be found at the American Academy of Opthalmology’s website.
October: National Stamp Collecting Month
During the 1980’s, October was dedicated to a number of causes, such as pizza. In 1981, the Council of Philatelic Organizations and the United States Postal Service made October National Stamp Collecting Month. In order to promote national interest in stamp collecting, special stamps are briefly issued each year, a popular theme being that of space travel.
Most frequently these October month-long holidays are celebrated by teaching school-children lessons of the same theme or by simply acknowledging our culture’s hobbies and interests. More than being October specific, these holidays offer a collective focal point.