by Kassandra Lamb
Did you know that there are over 130 random holidays in October?
When we think of this month, the first holiday that comes to mind is on its very last day, Halloween. But if you go to the website https://nationaltoday.com you’ll discover all kinds of interesting special days this month.
There are the more serious holidays and “awareness” days of course, such as Yom Kippur (Oct. 8th this year), World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10th), and World Teachers’ Day (Oct. 3).
But we also just missed No Bra Day (it’s actually serious, meant to raise breast cancer awareness) and National Transfer Money to Your Son Day (the check is in the mail, Jonathan).
Yesterday, Oct. 14th, was Columbus Day, but it was also National Dessert Day and National Kick Butt Day.
And today, the 15th, is—among other days of acknowledgment—National I Love Lucy Day, National Cheese Curd Day, and Global Handwashing Day.
We may laugh at that last one, but did you know that as recently as the mid 1800s, even doctors did not routinely wash their hands.
In 1847, Dr. Ignatz Semmelweis, considered the Father of Hand Hygiene, demonstrated to his fellow doctors that “childbed fever” is contagious and could be reduced by doctors washing their hands. And plagues in ancient times could have been prevented if people had known to wash their hands more often.
Let’s see… coming up tomorrow, we have Global Cat Day and National Boss’s Day.
And if your boss is your cat (as is the case for many of us writers), you can roll these celebrations in together.
Friday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (Yum!) and Saturday, the 19th, is National New Friends Day.
Sunday is both International Sloth’s Day and National Day on Writing.
Hmm, I wonder if that’s a hint that I should stop procrastinating about starting my next book.
Next week is going to be hard on our poor waistlines.
We have National Nut Day on Tuesday, the 22nd. The following day is National Boston Cream Pie Day. Then Thursday, the 24th, is National Bologna Day, followed immediately by National Breadstick Day, National Greasy Foods Day and World Pasta Day (all on Friday, the 25th).
And my all-time favorites of the month are National Grouch Day (started in honor of Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street) and Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day (Oct. 23rd).
Fortunately, I don’t have any coworkers at the moment, but I still think that is an absolutely awesome holiday!
How about you? What’s your favorite of the random holidays in October, besides Halloween?
And speaking of Halloween, in honor thereof, Kirsten Weiss has her book, Alchemical Detective, free all this month!
Plus, watch for our post on 10/29, when we’ll be bringing you some fun Halloween recipes and lots more bargains on our books!!
Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the cozy series, the Marcia Banks and Buddy mysteries, set in Central Florida.
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Vinnie HansenOctober 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm
I took the concurrence of Sloth’s Day and National Day on Writing in the opposite way, Kass. Time to rest and incubate.
What a fun post! Even though my husband is a secular Jew and we don’t do anything to recognize Yom Kippur, certainly not the fasting part, I like the meaning of the holiday, the idea that it’s a time for atonement. As with Halloween, Yom Kippur recognizes that at this time of year, the veil between this world and that is thin. It’s the holiest of Jewish holidays, noted as a time when we’re closest to God.
Kassandra LambOctober 15, 2019 at 2:10 pm
LOL Then I’m right on track, because incubating is mostly what I’ve been doing lately, although I’m beginning to feel the itch to start writing.
I did not know that about Yom Kippur, that it is also a recognition of the thinness of the veil between this world and the next. Interesting that so many cultures/religions have such holidays—like Mexico’s Day of the Dead—around this same time of the year.
Shannon EspositoOctober 15, 2019 at 2:47 pm
Good thing we don’t have to send cards for all these holidays! Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’ll just be concentrating on celebrating that this month. Though, I suppose if you twist my arm I could eat a cupcake on Friday. 🙂
Kassandra LambOctober 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm
LOL Me too. Bring on the chocolate cupcakes.
K.B. OwenOctober 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Wow, put all together it sounds like a busy month! Time to get my sloth on….
Thanks for the fun, Kass!
Kassandra LambOctober 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Thanks for giving me the idea, and pointing me toward the site, Kathy. Great fun!!