Autumn holiday fans, rejoice! It’s October 2nd, the 275th day of the year. Just 90 days remain until New Year’s.
October 2nd is a holiday for scallops, habitats and more. Farm animals, custodians and others mark October 2nd as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 2nd holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Fried Scallops Day
Are you a shellfish fan? Do you love scallops, the fan-shaped shellfish? October 2nd is Fried Scallops Day, an epicurean celebration of this marine bivalve mollusk, which is considered a delicacy in many countries.
Scallops are frequently offered as both appetizers and entrees in Eastern and Western cuisine.
Here are several recipes for scallops, fried and otherwise prepared, by various AC writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Easy and Tasty Scallop Recipes,” by Jeffrey Weeks; “Hors D’oeuvres – Seared Scallops on Rice Tuiles with a Three Citrus Salsa,” by Richard Schlosberg; “Pan-Seared Scallops with Flavored Rice,” by Frances Svarda; “Scallops with White Wine and Mushrooms,” by Melanie Neer, and “Southern Seafood Recipe: How to Cook Scallops,” by Jeffrey Weeks.
Happy Fried Scallops Day on October 2nd.
Name Your Car Day
What do you call your car? Does your vehicle have its own title – besides the legal sales document that came with it?
On October 2nd, many vehicle owners come up with creative monikers for their wheels. From luxury limousines to rusty buckets of bolts, each car may deserve a true tagline.
Is your car masculine or feminine? What would you name your car? Is it a Rusty, Big Red, Tiny Tim, Runaround Sue, Pickle, Jack Lemon, Blue Streak, Mellow Yellow or what?
It’s Name Your Car Day on October 2nd.
National Custodial Workers Day
Grab a broom on October 2nd. It’s National Custodial Workers Day in the United States.
This day honors all building superintendents, caretakers, cleaning people, custodial employees, janitors, maids, sweepers and others who maintain business locations and public facilities.
On National Custodial Workers Day, many appreciative folks try to stop and express their thanks to those who work so faithfully each day, keeping work environments tidy and clean. Extra gracious individuals may offer gratuities on this day as well.
World Farm Animals Day
October 2nd is also World Farm Animals Day. This nature-minded holiday is aimed at raising public awareness of the way animals are treated in mass-production factory farms and slaughterhouses around the world.
World Farm Animals Day is noted each year on October 2nd, marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian Hindu cleric, pacifist, political leader and animal rights advocate.
Gandhi’s birthday is also celebrated in India (and certain other regions) as Gandhi Jayanta, a day of non-violence.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 2nd: Antonius Chevrier, Beregisius, Cyril of Antioch, Edmund Maclot, Eleutherius of Nicomedia and Emilie de Villeneuve.
Additional October 2nd saints include Francis Chakichi, Gerinus, Guardian Angels, Jan Beyzym, Leodegarius of Autun, Leudomer and Louis Shakichi.
Still more October 2nd saints are Lucy Chakichi, Maria Antonia Kratochwil, Primus of Antioch, Secundarius of Antioch, Theophilus of Bulgaria, Ursicinus II and Warin of Poitou.
Notable Anniversaries on October 2nd:
Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the rest of the gang first appeared in print on October 2, 1950, sketched by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz.
On October 2, 1959, The Twilight Zone was first aired on CBS, narrated by Rod Serling. The fantasy-horror series ran for 156 episodes in its original series format.
Various Other October 2nd Holidays
October 2nd is also Book-It Day, Child Health Day (varies), Clergy Appreciation Day (varies), Day After the National Day of the People’s Republic (Macau), Fairies’ Buttering-UP Quarter Finals Holiday, Fashion Farrex Holiday (United Kingdom), Feast of Guardian Angels – Patron of Police (Spain), Feast of St. Leodegar, Festal Celebration of St. Thomas of Hereford and Goddess Month of Mala (last day).
Additional October 2nd holidays are Guinea Republic Day, Holy Angel Guardians Feast Holiday, Huckleberry Hound’s Birthday, International Frugal Fun Day (varies), Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Holiday (India), Marching Band Festival Holiday, National Young Readers’ Day (United States) and Old Man’s Day (United Kingdom).
More October 2nd holidays are Pixie and Dixie Day, Tickle Me Elmo Launch Day (1997), Universal Children’s Day (United Nations), World Habitat Day (varies), World Teachers’ Day (varies), Yogi Bear’s Birthday (1958) and Yom Kippur (varies).
Happy October 2nd to one and all!
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