Almost anyone will think of Thanksgiving when thinking about November holidays. But there are many other holidays and observances during the month that most people don’t even know about. Here are celebrations for the first week of November.
1. All Saints Day: This day allows churches to remember saints that have passed away.
2. All Souls Day: Although this is not a public holiday, there are cities that do perform parades and/or festivities. This day allows people to remember and pray for the deceased.
Cookie Monster Day: The beloved cookie-eating monster on Sesame Street actually has a birthday! Feel free to eat a cookie in celebration.
Look for Circles Day: It’s easy to celebrate this day: Look for circles!
3. Sandwich Day: November 3rd is John Montagu’s birthday. He was an 18th century English noble who was often known as Earl of Sandwich. During a gambling binge in which he could not stop, John Montagu would only eat one-handed. He ordered his servants to hand him meat served between two pieces of bread.
Housewife Day: This day is a good excuse to show appreciation for the housewives in your life.
4. Waiting for the Barbarians Day: I love to just sit and stare out my window on this day. Those barbarians won’t be able to use the sneak approach on me!
5. Guy Fawkes Day: Guy Fawkes was one of the 13 men who planned a conspiracy against the Houses of Parliament. They were going to use gunpowder to blow up the House of Lords, but Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellar where the gunpowder has been assembled. He was tortured and executed. It is unsure whether this observance is in honor of his execution or his attempt at overthrowing the government.
6. Sadie Hawkins Day: This day was created when Sadie Hawkins’ father started a race in order to prevent his daughter from staying unwed and living in his house for the rest of his life. The race consisted of single women chasing after single men. The result was a new, loving couple. The race quickly caught on, being preformed at many colleges and schools.
Saxophone Day: Practice your saxophone! Or, if you have been pondering the idea of learning how to play period, Now is the day!
7. International Tongue Twisters Day: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” – Declared the World’s hardest Tongue Twister by the Guinness Book or World Records.
Here are some observances that carry on throughout the whole month of November.
Adoption Month: Adoption professionals focus on recruiting parents for the 115,000 children waiting in foster care for permanent homes.
Aviation Month: This is the month to reflect on aviation history. A lot has changed over the years. Here is a website with aviation history information.
Diabetes Awareness Month: This is a month to discuss the seriousness of Diabetes and learn about the prevention and control for the disease. There are almost 24 million children with Diabetes, so now is the time to really address this issue. This month is a good opportunity to join the Stop Diabetes movement.
Good Nutrition Month: Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables and limiting the intake of “junk” food.
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month: Oh good! A whole month for me to enjoy delicious peanut butter without feeling guilty.
Stamp Collecting Month: I don’t collect stamps, but I’m sure those who do enjoy this observance.
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