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National What Day: Some holidays in October and November

Updated on November 12, 2014
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Today is National "Something Day". Have you noticed lately everything has a day? Not like in "every dog has it's day" but in a day of celebration. What I mean is just about every day on the calendar is a celebration of something. Oh, sure, we know about Mothers Day and Fathers Day but did you know about Alaska Day? Let's start with October....October 18th is Alaska Day, the celebration of Alaska being formally transferred to the United States (from Russia). It is a paid holiday for State employees in Alaska and is observed statewide. Not so unusual you say? Well, you're right, but what are some of the more 'unusual' days of celebration?

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Unusual Days of Celebration

How about National No Beard Day? You read it right, "no beard". It is celebrated on October 18 so if you want to participate you'd better start shaving! I find it more than amusing that this day falls in the 'old' days men started to grow their beards in the fall to keep their face warm in the winter...maybe someone in Florida started this one! Anyway, all you clean shaven guys definitely have a day to celebrate.

Going back to the beginning of October, October 1 is World Vegetarian national day for vegetarians, this is a World celebration. I have nothing against vegetables or fruit either for that matter but I have to admit I'd truly be lost without my meat. I know all the downfalls and 'sins' of eating meat but I can't help myself.

October 3 is Techie's Day. Now really, who doesn't know a techie that they owe something to? Remember when that virus knocked out your computer and you had to call a techie friend to get you back up and running? What about all the techies that keep all those glorious websites going and going? Shouldn't we all thank a techie? Let's write this one on the calendar so we don't forget it next year.

October 5 is World Teachers Day. I will not make any wise cracks about this one. Every one of us owes something to a particular teacher or perhaps even a group of teachers that helped us or encouraged us along the way. Definitely a day worth celebrating and definitely worth a world celebration.

In 1986 a group of computer folks established Mad Hatter Day (October 6)...what could be more appropriate in a world gone awry? Of course we know the Mad Hatter was a fictional character but then don't we know some folks who could wear the hat quite well?

I couldn't pass this one up, October 6 is also "Come And Take It Day"...I wonder what's running through your head right now and no, I'm not talking about the movie of the same name? Could be a day to take whatever you want OR it could be a celebration of the first shot in the Texas Revolution fought near Gonzales, Texas...I know, that's exactly what you were thinking right?

If you're looking for exercise, October 8 is American Touch Tag Day. Remember playing touch tag as a kid? You may have played as just 'tag' but if you're over thirty you almost certainly played touch tag. There are variations of tag throughout the world. Of course no one ever wanted to be "it" but it was necessary to play the game. Take your kids outside on this day and teach them how to play.

If you want to celebrate a day that makes no sense to me, how about Moldy Cheese Day on October 9. I don't know about you but whenever I find moldy cheese in my refrigerator I have a tendency to throw it out, not to celebrate it. Although mold is common in some cheese, and most people slice off the mold and eat the rest (ugh), in others you'd simply throw the whole thing out. Then there are moldy cheeses like Brie and blue cheese where mold belongs...I knew there was a reason I didn't eat those cheeses.

October 29 is National Cat a precursor to Halloween this is a perfect celebration. I'm sure all the cat lover's out there don't appreciate my humor surrounding Cat Day. They have been companions and independent pets for centuries but then there are dog lovers and there are cat lovers. (Just FYI National Dog Day is August 26.)

There are tons more in October but let's skip ahead to November just for time and space sake.

November 2 is Deviled Egg Day. We all love eggs and there are a lot of people out there who love Deviled Eggs. No one seems to know how this celebration began, or when, but that doesn't stop people from celebrating it. According to, "The first recipe for stuffed, hard-boiled eggs were printed in medieval European cookbooks. Cooks at the time stuffed their eggs with raisins, cheesees, and sweet and savory spices." Just a bit of trivia to help you with your celebration.

November 2 is also "Day of the Dead". Before you start locking your windows, it's a day to remember the dead...Widely celebrated in Mexico, and I do mean celebrated. It is also celebrated around the world in similar cultures. It is a day to celebrate and remember, hopefully loved ones, and many places hold big celebrations with parades and special feasts.

November 3 is Housewife's Day...I know this one is long overdue and needs to be celebrated right up there with the greatest. There isn't a living soul among us who hasn't been affected by a housewife at some time in our lives...grandmother, mother, wife...we know one or more housewives. I found one site that labeled this day "Retro Housewife Day"...I'm not touching that one. Now if Jeannie would only come out of her bottle, fold her arms, and make all the housework go away this would truly be a celebration.


More "Days" in November

Its not that we're a food oriented society but November 3 is also Sandwich Day. Ah, the glorious sandwich. We know the name came from the 4th Earl of Sandwich but where did the idea of the sandwich itself come from? That's all over the charts, from an ancient Jewish sage who wrapped meat in a matzo to the Netherlands where meat hanging from rafters was sliced off and eaten with bread and butter. We know now the end result is probably one of the world's most popular meals.

Here's a good one for you...Marooned Without a Compass Day, November 6. I don't know about you, but if you walk me in the woods and turn me around, I'm lost, compass or no compass. Even a GPS has a hard time telling me the right way to go. My point is I don't see being marooned without a compass as a good thing. I can remember returning to my hotel after a conference (probably a ten minute drive) taking me two hours and two stops for directions!

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Next to Christmas and Halloween this is my new favorite holiday "National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day ". Celebrated on November 7th I can only say whoever thought this one up is a genius. Now I know there are chocolate lovers out there who don't like bittersweet chocolate but I can't imagine why! Chocolate and almonds, oh my...this is definitely a day to celebrate.

Button Day, November you remember all those tins or jars your grandmother had filled with buttons? Everyone saved buttons in case they needed them but did you ever see anyone use them? What about all those extra buttons that came with the new shirt or skirt or whatever...have you ever used them either? Doesn't matter, you save them anyway. It seems the National Button Society may be responsible for this holiday and it is one everyone can relate to. If you're a teacher you could have your students make something out of buttons for National Button Day and help lots of households get rid of lots of buttons without having to throw them out!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, after all there are thirty one days in October and November and I've not covered half of them! I bet your sitting there thinking, well, she forgot "Name Your Car Day" (October 2) or "Chaos Never Dies Day" (November 9) and I know National Popcorn Day is January 19...I didn't forget them, really, I just thought you'd had enough for one sitting! Though I know many of you are wondering why I didn't write about National Coffee Day, you can read Millionaire Tips Hub about that one! Your comments will let me know if you want more or you've had enough already!

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      So true CC, ever day's a holiday. I knew Day of the Dead was a big celebration. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      4 years ago from Western NC

      What fun! I knew that there is a "day for everything" but it's fun to see some of the different holidays and celebrations recounted here. I love celebrating Day of the Dead as I teach Spanish and my whole school has a big celebration. :)

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I love your sense of humor Dolores! Thanks for stopping by.

      We are a crazy people Rebecca. I'm thinking about doing December and January. Thanks for the share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good grief! I never realized there were so many weird days of recognition. Here's to whatever today is. Interesting article! Shared.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I loved reading your list of special days. My favorite is Marooned Without a Compass Day. Wish I had known about that one. I would have sent cards!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Jo there is so much interesting stuff out that there we know nothing about. This one caught my eye. Thanks for the compliment and sharing.

      How true Susette, there is nothing like a good celebration! Glad you enjoyed.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      LOL! This is hilarious. We will celebrate anything! I did know about Sandwich Day - our local radio station did announce that one. And, the only other one I knew about was Day of the Dead, because I am a Spanish teacher. I wonder what day it is today as I am writing this, November 18? Thanks for an amusing and entertaining hub.

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      4 years ago

      How so very cool it was to read! :-) I truly hope you will continue this project as I have never heard of any of these days to celebrate or remember. Maybe we could start a "good word day" and "Author appreciation day too. :-) You would most certaintly deserve the author appreciation! Thank you for sharing this...I want to read more!

      Up all the way & shared too.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Laughing is what keeps us going Millionaire, had to link your hub to mine and appreciate the return!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are some funny and interesting days to celebrate. Come and Take it Day seems downright scary. I'd better make sure my doors and windows are locked on that day! Thanks for the link. I am going to link this hub to mine as well.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It definitely caught my attention Rajan! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Some pretty unusual day names, Mary. Interesting though funny, some of them. Voting up, interesting and funny.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Unknown. So many interesting things we need to share!

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      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      A great and brilliant hub Mary. thanks for sharing!

      will be sharing too

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad you liked it Michelle, but I don't think teachers ever get enough credit.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Hmm. Personally love October 5 because of my teaching background. A unique hub! Thanks for a rundown of the different days...guess it's good that they are being given due credit. Up and interesting!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Rich, me thinks I should've given this title to you! Your comment was hilarious....from your wife's beard to National Laxative day! You truly have a wonderful sense of humor!.

      Thank you so much Eddy, a compliment like that coming from someone with your talent is truly a compliment!

      Oh Effer, don't even tempt me, we could have a ball!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You as VP, goes without saying! With your lousy sense of direction, I could only have you as my partner. If we're going to constantly get lost....might as well have a hell of a great time in all these strange places we wind up in!!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share once again.

      You really are so very talented.


    • rcrumple profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Mary - I had to tell my wife about the No Beard Day so she'd finally shave. Gits kinda scratchy at times. Mustache looks funny without the rest, but what the hell. I missed National Veggie Day. Must've been out huntin' rabbits or deer or sumthin'. The Marooned Without a Compass Day came round so Politicians could ask fer directions to the votin' booth so's they could be ready to kiss mothers and hug babies and not seem too lost. I think the Chaos Never Dies Day came right after an election, also, with one of those guys named Chad. I'd say somethin' about National Chocolate Day bein' right next to National Laxative day, but I think I've already said too much. Enjoyed this hub (obviously, lol) Great Job!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well Effer, it seems like I have met my number one goal...I made you laugh! However, along with that you have paid me a great, great compliment...that I remind you of your sister, I can't think of a better one. As for the #1 Dunce of the directionally Dysfunctional United Foundation if you are the President I am most certainly the VP!

      What a great idea you think we could get those days on the calendar? Everything else is!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      National No Beard Day? Well, I don't have to worry about that one :) Now, why not have and celebrate a National Mary or Audrey Day? Or even tillsontitan or vocal coach day:)

      What a fun and interesting hub this is. Voted up and will share as well.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til...! OMG....shut up!! You are serious....and I cannot stop laughing. Not only is this incredible revelation, hilarious..YOU are F U N N Y!!!

      Your injected humor had me doubled over! I kept saying, "Oh go on...get OUT!".....where on earth did these "special" calendar days come from? How long have they been in existence and where did you find them?? I realize...if anyone could pull this's you, Til.

      I absolutely love this and your amazing dry sense of humor, is right up my alley. You remind me of my sister, who kept me in stitches constantly.......(thank you...I miss her)

      Well, GF....just in time for a day I may not have ever celebrated before....but now know it was placed on our calendar explicitly for me and my fellow clueless ones!! November 6th..."Marooned without a compass Day..!!" As President and #1 Dunce of the Directionally Dysfunctional, United Foundation....I am forever grateful to have our own special day!

      You crack me up!!!..............................Shared!!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      So much we don't know Pamela ;)

      Glad you enjoyed Janine, it was fun to research for sure.

      Ah, Billy, nothing like a good hamburger! Happy you liked my hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a list of these that I consult monthly for articles I write for customers....some are pretty darn funny. I have to agree with you, there has to be meat in my diet and I don't care how bad it is for me. If it kills me, at least I'll die with a good taste in my mouth. :)

      Fun hub Mary; good job!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Mary I loved learning about all the different celebration days and so comprehensive. Some are a bit wacky, but loved your spin on them. Have of course voted and shared all over!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I never heard of many of those days and had no idea there were so many days earmarked for so many different types of things. Very interesting hub.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Carol, imagine all the fun we'd have....I'm game on for Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Fun to learn about all these unique holidays. I think we should celebrate all of them. Great and fun hub. Voted UP.


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