Ahoy! It’s October 12th, the 285th day of the year. Just 80 days remain until New Year’s.
October 12th is a holiday for gumbo, global screaming and more. Oktoberfest fans and others mark October 12th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 12th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
October 12th has historically been known as Columbus Day in America. In 1937, 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt actually proclaimed the date to be a national holiday. However, in 1971, American celebrations of Columbus Day were switched to the second Monday of October each year.
Even so, October 12th is the traditional date for Columbus Day, a day of both celebration and controversy.
Global Scream Day
Of course, October 12th is also Global Scream Day. This high-pitched holiday, known also as International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, invites everyone everywhere to step outside at precisely 12:00 p.m. (GMT) and let out a hearty holler.
Are you stressed out? Has your life reached a fever pitch? Why not let out a roar or send up a screech on October 12th, Global Scream Day?
Does Gumby love gumbo? The world may never know. Even so, gumbo is the order of the day on October 12th. It’s Gumbo Day, an epicurean celebration lauding (and ladling) steaming hot Cajun soup.
Here’s a variety of gumbo recipes by a host of Associated Content writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Chicken Gumbo ala Aunt Rosie,” by J. Branam; “Crock Pot Chicken Gumbo,” by Michael Clearwater; “Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo,” by Euwyn Pegues; Gumbo – New Orleans Style,” by Joyce Barbee; “Heart Healthy Cajun Gumbo Fall Recipe,” by Shirley Crowley; “Leftover Turkey Gumbo,” by Bennett Kalafut; “Mamacitas Mardi Gras Gumbo,” by Elise Seidel; “Shrimp Gumbo Cajun Recipe,” by Michael Hollingsworth, and “Turkey Gumbo,” by Bryan Armstrong.
Bon Appetit on Gumbo Day, a souper holiday that gives spooning a G-rated meaning – for “G” is for gumbo. Dive into a savory bowl on October 12th.
The entire month of October may be marked by Oktoberfest events, but October 12th is Oktoberfest Day.
This autumn holiday marks the date of the first German Oktoberfest celebration, which took place in Munich on October 12, 1810. The festival was held for the royal wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
Strap on those lederhosen, roll out the barrel and lift those steins high. It’s Oktoberfest Day on October 12th.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 12th: Amicus, Camillus Constanzi, Cyprian, Domnina, Edistius of Ravenna, Edwin of Northumbria, Eufrasio of the Child Jesus and Evagrius the Martyr.
Additional October 12th saints include Felix, Fiace, Heribert, Herlindis, John of Beverly, Maximilian of Celeia, Monas of Milan and Our Lady Aparecida.
Still more October 12th saints are Our Lady of the Pillar, Pantalus of Basle, Priscian the Martyr, Relindis, Salvinus of Verona, Thomas Bullaker and Wilfrid of York.
Notable Anniversaries on October 12th:
Jesus Christ Superstar opened at Broadway’s Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York on October 12, 1971. The rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice included such performers as Jeff Fenholt, Ben Vereen and Bob Bingham.
Various Other October 12th Holidays
October 12th is also Adopt-a-Dog Month, Battle of Sarandi Holiday (Uruguay), Cirio de Nazare (Brazil), Columbus Day (Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela), Cookbook Launch Day, Destiny Day, Dia De La Raza, Dia de la Raza – Day of the Race (Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico), Discovers’ Day (Hawaii) and Discovery Day (Bahamas).
Additional October 12th holidays include Discovery of America Day (Argentina), Equatorial Guinea Independence Day, Face Your Fears Day (varies), Family Harvest Festival Holiday (Nigeria), Farmer’s Day (Florida), Feast of St. Wilfrid of York Day, Fire Ant Festival Day (varies), Fraternal Day, Hispanity Day (Spain), Holiday of Fortuna Redux – Goddess of Successful Journeys and Safe Returns (Roman) and Imamat Day (Muslim).
Still more October 12th holidays are Runic half-month of Gyfu (last day), International Newspaper Carrier Day, Last Pilgrimage to Fatima Day (Portugal), Liberation Day (Laos), McLean’s Town Fair Holiday (Bahamas), National Children’s Day (varies), National Day (Spain), Nossa Sephora de Aparecida (Brazil), Old Farmers Day, Our Lady of Ararecida (Brazil), Somalian Independence Day, Wildlife Week and World Egg Day (varies).
Happy October 12th to one and all!
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