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October Holidays 2021

by Sarah Clinger

October is packed full of holidays, from fun holidays like National Vodka day on October 4th, to United Nations day on the 24th, there’s always something to celebrate! 


  • October 3: National Unity Day
    • On this date in 1990 the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic united to form a single federal state. This public holiday is usually celebrated with fireworks, concerts, and political speeches
  • October 4: National Vodka Day
    • Grab a few of your friends and head out on the town on October 4th for National Vodka Day! Some fun ideas to celebrate include: tour a distillery, host a cocktail party, or just simply have a drink with dinner.
  • October 5: Pchum Ben
    • One of the most important holidays in Cambodia, this Buddhist holiday marks the start of the 15-day journey souls take to get to purgatory. The course of their journey is dependent on their living family members and what offerings they possess and give to their ancestors. This holiday is celebrated with the cooking of Bay Bens (rice cooked in coconut milk), offerings, and the reunion of families.
  • October 6: National German-American Day
    • This holiday honors the first German immigrants who immigrated to America. German immigrants have had a huge impact on America culture, from the food they brought, folklore stories they have shared including: Santa Claus, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and many more the Germans deserved to be celebrated. 
  • October 9: Leif Erikson Day
    • This Nordic holiday is celebrated around the world. Leif Erikson is credited with bringing the first Nordic people to America way back in 1000 A.D. Today, this holiday constitutes exploration, discovery, and cultural history. To celebrate, you can attend festivals located all around the world or just simply read up on your Norwegian history!
  • October 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    • Native American people, their culture, and extensive tribal roots are honored on October 11. The holiday is meant to reflect on all that has happened to the native communities in North America. This holiday is celebrated on the same day as Columbus Day, and every year thousands of individuals fight to officially remove Columbus Day as a national holiday due to it glorifying colonialism and oppression. 
  • October 13: National Fossil Day
    • If you enjoy learning about history long before humans walked the earth, this is the perfect holiday for you! This holiday is always celebrated on the Wednesday of the second full week of October, don’t forget to hug a palaeontologist on this day for good luck!
  • October 15: National Grouch Day
    • On this holiday, it’s okay to be a bit of a grouch. This holiday was inspired by Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch and is celebrated every year on October 15. To celebrate this holiday, you can watch an episode of Sesame Street and unleash your inner grouch!
  • October 19: Milad an-Nabi 
    • Muslims all around the world celebrate this day in order to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. This religious holiday falls during the third month of the Islamic calendar, and many Muslims attend service at their local mosque on this day. If you are not Muslim but still want to appreciate this holiday, you can brush up on your Islamic history when the holiday comes around!
  • October 24: United Nations Day
    • On this day in 1945, the UN Charter was implemented. This world holiday celebrates the 75 years of work the United Nations has done and the peace they strive for. The holiday is also a time to remember the struggles of war that persuaded world leaders to form the organization after World War II. To recognize this holiday you can post on social media, take a tour of a UN office (New York and Geneva), or you can take action by getting involved in volunteer work or by providing donations to UN agencies such as UNICEF or the WHO. 
  • October 31: Halloween 
    • October 31 is the day to get your spooky on! This holiday is celebrated mainly in the United Sates, but it originates in Europe. Today, this holiday is celebrated by children who dress up and collect candy from their neighbors. To get into the spirit, you and a group of friends can visit a haunted house or hand out cand

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