Oddities of the Day, Week, Month for October

Who knew this? Today’s Full Moon (10/4/09) is called a “Hunter’s Moon”. Native Americans of New England and the Great Lakes refer to the full moon at this time of the year because the deer are fat and it’s time to hunt (as well as many other animals). Since all the crops are harvested, it’s now time to gather food by hunting animals…but it’s all kind of contrary to the weekly observance of 10/26: Give Wildlife a Break Week.

October is an incredibly busy (and popular) month for special occasions and observances. I trust y’all will be joining me in the on-going daily, weekly, and monthly holiday and event celebrations in October.  Of all the observances going on this month, I would like to point out a few of particular interest to me:

  • 10/11: It’s My Party Day (on a Sunday? Come on!)
  • 10/12: International Moment of Frustration Scream Day…and also, National Kick Butt Day (I wonder if that is planned of just a coincidence?)
  • 10/15: National Grouch Day (leave me alone!)
  • 10/18: National Menopause Day (comment reserved as a self-preservation measure)
  • 10/19: Evaluate Your Life Day (especially if you didn’t observe National Menopause Day the day before)
  • 10/30: National Candy Corn Day (do they also have a Circus Peanut Day?)
  • 10/31: National Knock Knock Jokes Day (orange you glad I didn’t say…)
  • Week of 10/4: National Carry a Tune Week (Where’s my FD when you need her)
  • Week of 10/11: Build Your Business with Business Cards Week and Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week (wouldn’t it be nice if your business card did that for you all the time)
  • Week of 10/26: Give Wildlife a Break Week (put your guns away)
  • National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month (always)
  • National Go On A Field Trip Month (I’m ready! I’m there! With camera!)
  • National Sarcastic Awareness Month (this blog observes this holiday all year long)
  • Photographer Appreciation Month (smile on three)
  • Squirrel Awareness Month (are we talking about animal or people?)
  • Sausage Month (as long as it’s with a biscuit, egg, and some cheese)
  • Month of Free Thought (can I get your permission please?)

According to several reliable festive sources, it is:

October Monthly Observances

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Antidepressant Death Awareness Month National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Apple Month National Down Syndrome Month
(World) Blindness Awareness Month National Ergonomics Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month National Family Sexuality Education Month
Celebrate The Bilingual Child Month National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month
Children’s Magazine Month National Go On A Field Trip Month
Christmas Seal Campaign (10/1-12/31) National Kitchen & Bath Month
Church Library Month National Liver Awareness Month
Church Safety and Security Month National Medical Librarian Month
Class Reunion Month National Orthodontic Health Month
Co-op Awareness Month National Physical Therapy Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month National Reading Group Month
Emotional Intelligence Month National Roller Skating Month
Emotional Wellness Month National RSV Awareness Month
Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/08) National Sarcastic Awareness Month
Gay & Lesbian History Month National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
German-American Heritage Month National Window Covering Safety Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month National Work and Family Month
Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
Halloween Safety Month Organize Your Medical Information Month
Head Start Awareness Month Photographer Appreciation Month
Health Literacy Month Polish American Heritage Month
International Starman Month Positive Attitude Month
International Strategic Planning Month Raptor Month
Long Term Care Planning Month Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Month of Free Thought Right Brainers Rule! Month
National Animal Safety and Protection Month Sausage Month
National Bake and Decorate Month Self-Promotion Month
National Book Month Spinach Lovers Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Squirrel Awareness Month
National Caramel Month Stamp Collecting Month
National Chili Month Tackling Hunger Month
National Chiropractic Month Talk About Prescriptions Month
National Crime Prevention Month Vegetarian Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
National Dental Hygiene Month Women’s Small Business Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month Workplace Politics Awareness Month

October Weekly Observances

WEEK OF:  
9/27-10/3 World Hearing Aid Awareness Week
1-7 Universal Children’s Week
2-4 No Salt Week • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
4-10 National Newspaper Week • National Work From Home Week • World Space Week • Fire Prevention Week • Mental Illness Awareness Week • Mystery Series Week • National Carry A Tune Week • National Metric Week
5-11 Nuclear Medicine Week • Customer Service Week • Financial Planning Week • Kids’ Goal Setting Week  • Spinning & Weaving Week
6-12 Physicians Assistant Week
11-17 Build Your Business with Business Cards Week • Emergency Nurses Week • Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week • Home-based Business Week • International Credit Union Week • National Chestnut Week • National Food Bank Week
12-18 American Association of Medical Assistants • National School Lunch Week • World Rainforest Week
17-24 Food and Drug Interaction Education and Awareness Week
18-24 Freedom From Bullies Week • Teen Read Week • National Chemistry Week • National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week • YWCA Week without Violence • National Infertility Awareness Week • National Character Counts Week • National Forest Products Week • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (always 3rd week) • National School Bus Safety Week
19-25 Freedom of Speech Week • National Food Bank Week • National Massage Therapy Week • National Businesswomen’s Week
24-30 Disarmament Week
25-31 Pastoral Care Week • International Magic Week • National Respiratory Care Week (last full week) • Peace, Friendship and Good Will Week
26-11/1 Give Wildlife a Break Week

October Daily Observances

1 Magic Circles Day • *Fire Pup Day • *International Day of Older Persons • *World Vegetarian Day
2 Name Your Car Day • *Guardian Angels Day • Lee’s National Denim Day • National Diversity Day • National Fallen Firefighters Weekend (1st weekend of month • *Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day • *National Custodial Workers Day • *Techie’s Day • *World Farm Animals Day • World Smile Day
3 Virus Appreciation Day • *Alternative Fuel Day • Change A Light Day • World Card Making Day • Inter-American Water Day (First Saturday)
4 National Golf Day • Blessing of the Fishing Fleet • Intergeneration Day • *Ten-Four Day • World Communion Day
5 National Storytelling Festival • Child Health Day • Improve Your Office Day • World Habitat Day • *World Teachers Day
6 Come and Take It Day • *Ecological Debt Day • *Jackie Mayer Rehab Day • *Mad Hatter Day • *National German-American Day
7 National Frappe Day • Balloons Around The World
8 American Tag Day • *Alvin C. York Day • National Depression Screening Day • World Sight Day (2nd Thursday)
9 Moldy Cheese Day • *Leif Erikson Day • *World Post Day
10 National Angel Food Cake Day • International Newspaper Carrier Day • *National Cake Decorating Day • *Naval Academy Day • Universal Music Day
11 It’s My Party Day • Clergy Appreciation Day (or Pastor Appreciation Day or Ministry Appreciation Day – No official sponsor. Always 2nd Sunday) • *General Pulaski Memorial Day (President) • International African Diaspora Day • *National Coming Out Day • Simchat Torah
12 *International Moment of Frustration Scream Day • Columbus Day • Free Thought Day • National Kick Butt Day • Native Americans’ Day • National Salesperson Day
13 National Peanut Festival • * Navy Birthday • National Face Your Fears Day
14 National Dessert Day • *Be Bald and Be Free Day • Emergency Nurses Day • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction • International Top Spinning Day • National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day
15 Get to Know Your Customers Day ( also January 16, April 16, July 16) • Get Smart About Credit Day • International Credit Union Day • *National Grouch Day • *National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day • *White Cane Safety Day
16 *Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day) • * Dictionary Day • Mammography Day • *World Food Day
17 Gaudy Day • Bridge Day • Diwali (This varies every year) • Dussehra • *International Day for the Eradication of Poverty • *Mulligan Day • Sweetest Day • World Toy Camera Day
18 No Beard Day • *National Chocolate Cupcake Day • World Menopause Day
19 *Evaluate Your Life Day: 19 • World Osteoporosis Day
20 National Brandied Fruit Da • Miss American Rose Day • *Birth of the Bab
21 Babbling Day • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce
22 National Nut Day • *Caps Locks Day • *International Stuttering Awareness Day
23 National Mole Day • *IPod Day
24 National Bologna Day • * United Nations Day • *World Development Information Day • Make A Difference Day
25 Punk For A Day Day • Lung Health Day • Mother-in-Law Day (always 4th Sunday) • Reformation Sunday • Sourest Day • XTERRA World Championships
26 Mule Day • Worldwide Howl At The Moon Night
27 Sylvia Plath Day • *Cranky Co-workers Day • *Navy Day
28 Plush Animal Lover’s Day • Day of International Concern About Young People and Gun Violence • *National Chocolates Day • *St. Jude’s Day
29 Hermit Day • *Internet Day • *World Psoriasis Day
30 National Candy Corn Day • *Create A Great Funeral Day • Devil’s Night • *Haunted Refrigerator Night • International Bandanna Day • *National Candy Corn Day • Frankenstein Friday
31 National Magic Day • Increase Your Psychic Powers Day • *Halloween • *National Caramel Apple Day • *National Knock-Knock Jokes Day • *National Magic Day • *National UNICEF Day • Reformation Day • *Samhain
  An * in front of the day means that it hasn’t changed in 3 years.

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