Each month we share National Holidays and Awareness Days that are celebrated during that month.
October 1st – World Smile Day
World Smile Day is a day to smile and spread kindness! Did you know that smiling not only helps to improve your mood but to relieve pain, boost your immune system and increase your life expectancy? Simply amazing!
October 4th – National Taco Day
According to my children, tacos should be celebrated and consumed everyday! The concept of tacos was brought to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries by Mexican immigrants. In America we consume over 5 billion tacos a year!
October 4th – National Cinnamon Bun Day
The cinnamon bun is a Scandinavian pastry that is made with dough, cinnamon and sugar. Even though this pasty is very sugary, cinnamon actually has several health benefits! Cinnamon reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure and can help to fight infections!
October 5th – National Do Something Nice Day
Isn’t it amazing that we have the power to change the course of someones whole day by simply being nice? Simple acts of being nice can be completed easily everyday.
October 6th – World Cerebral Palsy Day
Cerebral Palsy is a condition that is typically caused by brain damage before or shortly after birth and affects more than 17 million people in the United States. World CP Day is a day to support those living with Cerebral Palsy and their families, as well as celebrate diversity and create a more accessible future.
October 10th – World Mental Health Day
The goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize mental health support. Thanks to increased awareness and funding there are many effective treatment options available for most mental health disorders. Although not everyone deals with a mental health disorder personally, mental health impacts all of us in one way or another.
October 11th – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated to honor the histories and cultures of the Native American people. The day reflects on their tribal roots and tragic stories that strengthened their community. The Indigenous Peoples’ culture and way of life carries wisdom and very valuable insights into how we can live life more sustainably.
October 15th – National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is a national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. On October 15th at 7 pm in time zones all over the world, candles will be lit for all of the babies being honored.
October 26th – National Pitbull Awareness Day
National Pitbull Awareness Day is a day to educate and change perceptions about bully breed dogs. Pit bulls are very intelligent, can be great with children and easily trained. We resuced our beautiful pitbull in October of 2019 and she has been the most amazing addition to our family! She is fun, energetic, loving and great with all of the kids (including my 14 month old).
October 29th – National Candy Corn Day
Candy Corn first appeared in the 1880’s but was known as ‘Chicken Feed’. Back then, it was made by hand. Now more than 9 billion pieces of candy corn are produced each year! Did you know that an unopened package of Candy Corn can last for 9 months?
October 31st – Halloween
The tradition of Halloween started with the Celtic Festival of Samhain when people would wear costumes to scare off ghosts. In the 8th century, November 1st was designated All Saints Day and soon it incorporated some of the Samhain traditions. The evening before (October 31st) was known as All Hallows Eve, which we know refer to as Halloween. Over time, Halloween developed into the holiday the we know and love today!