Celebrate! October 1st is the 274th day of the year, with fiestas and holiday events for all.
October 1st is a holiday for postcards, raccoons, baseball and more. Vegetarians, senior citizens and others mark October 1st as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 1st holidays (arranged alphabetically).
International Day for the Elderly
October 1st is the International Day for the Elderly. Originated by the United Nations in 1998, this special holiday recognizes the more seasoned seniors among us. Also called the International Day for Older Persons, this celebration often includes educational programs and human rights celebrations focusing on the elderly around the world.
Do you collect postcards? October 1st is your day! It’s Postcard Day.
Picture postcards make super souvenirs for travelers, as well as scrapbook entries and cheery greetings. What’s more, postcards may usually be mailed with cheaper stamps than standard letters. Postcards may be silly or scenic, artistic or photographic.
According to letter lore, the first postcard was sent on this date in 1869, departing from a postal office in Vienna, Austria.
Celebrate Postcard Day by writing and mailing one of these miniature missives to someone special on October 1st.
World Vegetarian Day
World Vegetarian Day encourages us all to eat our vegetables and fruits. Countless studies have proven that a diet filled with fruits and vegetables is good for our health. Vegetarians, have taken this path either for their health, or from a conviction that they should not eat, and therefore, kill animals.
Of course, October 1st is also World Vegetarian Day. Although this non-carnivorous celebration was not established by international decree, the holiday has served (since the 1970s) as a reminder for all of us to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
On this date, vegetarian (and vegan) groups annually hold picnics and potlucks, to which attendees bring meatless dishes to share.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 1st: Aizan of Abyssinia, Albaud of Toul, Antoni Rewera, Aretas of Rome, Bavo of Ghent, Caspar Fisogiro, Christopher Buxton, Crescens of Tomi, Dodo, Edward Campion, Edward James and Emmanuel of Cremona.
Additional October 1st saints include Evagrius of Tomi, Fidharleus, Frans Cecco of Pesaro, Holy Protection of the Mother of God, John Kukuzelis, John Robinson, Julia of Lisbon, Luigi Maria Monti, Maxima of Lisbon and Melorius.
Still more October 1st saints are Nicholas of Forca-Palena, Nikita Budka, Piaton of Tournai, Priscus of Tomi, Ralph Crockett, Remigius of Rheims, Robert Widmerpool, Robert Wilcox, Romanos the Melodist, Sazan, Therese of Lisieux, Urielle of Bretagne, Verissimus of Lisbon, Virila and Werner of Wilten.
Notable Anniversaries on October 1st:
On October 1, 1864, Yosemite National Park was established in East Central California. The U.S. national park now covers more than 760,000 acres, along the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The first baseball World Series began on October 1, 1903, when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans (later to become the Boston Red Sox) 7-3 in Boston. In the end, however, Boston beat Pittsburgh, five games to three, in the best-of-nine series.
Henry Ford rolled out the first Model T car on October 1, 1908, bearing a price tag marked $825.
On October 1, 1962, comedian Johnny Carson first appeared at the host of The Tonight Show on NBC TV.
Walt Disney World opened its gates publicly in Orlando, Florida, for the first time on October 1, 1971. At the time, the tourist attraction boasted just one theme park, now known as the Magic Kingdom.
Various Other October 1st Holidays
October 1st is also Agricultural Fair Day, Armed Forces Day (Korea), Cameroon Unification Day, Celebration of Fides – Goddess of Faithfulness (Old Roman), Chinese Independence Day, Christmas Seal Day, Cyprus Independence Day, Day of the Caudillo (Spain), Fairies’ Flattering Finals Holiday, Feast Day of St. Plat the Martyr and Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Additional October 1st holidays include Feast of Penha Day (Brazil), Feast of St. Fidharieus (Ireland), Festal Celebration of St. Remigius of Rheims, Festival of the Rosary, Fiscal Year Day, Flu and Pneumonia Campaign Day, Grey Day, Hungarian Independence Day, Independence Day (Tuvulu), International Day for the Elderly, International Music Day, International Raccoon Appreciation Day, Kalends of October, Less Than Perfect Day, Magic Circles Day, Medical New Year, National Book-It Day, National Day (China and Hong Kong) and National Day of the People’s Republic of Macau.
Still more October 1st holidays are National Diversity Day (varies), Nigerian Independence Day, No Salt Week, Palau Independence Day, People’s Republic of China Birthday, Pudding Season (first day), Simchat Torah (Hebrew), St. Romanos’ Day, St. Wasnulf the Confessor of Conde Day, Stone Fishing Ceremonial Holiday (French Polynesia), Tuvalu National Holiday, Universal Children’s Day, Yom Kippur (varies) and World Habitat Day.
Happy October 1st to one and all!
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