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  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed. 
  • October is LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement. 
  • October is Global Diversity Awareness Month increasing awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures. 
  • October has become the official month to celebrate the Italian American culture and heritage after the 1989 proclamation by President George H. W. Bush designating it as National Italian American Heritage Month. 
October 1: 
  • Chinese Moon/Mid-Autumn Festival. 
October 2-9: 
  • Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest. 
October 4: 
  • St. Francis Day, feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, celebrated by many Catholic denominations. 
  • Blessing of the Animals, in congruence with St. Francis Day. Many Unitarian Universalists have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, as St. Francis was known for his special connection to animals. 
October 6: 
  • German-American Day is a holiday in the United States, observed annually on October 6 under Pub.L. 100–104, 101 Stat. 721. It celebrates German-American heritage and commemorates the founding of Germantown in 1683 
October 9-11 (sundown to sundown): 
  • Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as The Eighth (Day) of Assembly, takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized. 
October 10-11 (sundown to sundown): 
  • Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis to Deuteronomy 34 and then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle, a never-ending cycle. 
October 11: 
  • National Coming Out Day (U.S.). For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality. 
October 12: 
  • Canadian Thanksgiving, a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. 
October 12: 
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day, an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization. 
October 17-25: 
  • Navaratri, the nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It worships God in the form of the universal mother commonly referred to as Durga, Devi or Shakti, and marks the start of fall. 
October 18: 
  • Birth of Báb, a Bahá’í holiday celebrating the birth of the prophet Báb. 
October 18-19 (sundown to sundown): 
  • The birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í religion. 
October 20: 
  • Sikh Holy Day, the day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib, their spiritual guide. 
October 25: 
  • Dasara, or Vijayadashami, in the eastern and northeastern states of India, it marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore dharma. 
October 28: 
  • Milvian Bridge Day, a one-day festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It is the only day of the year people can BASE jump off a bridge into New River Gorge. 
October 28-29 (sundown to sundown): 
  • Eid Milad un-Nabi, an Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events. 
October 29: 
  • Mawlid Al-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, celebrated during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. Shi’a Muslims celebrate it five days later than Sunni Muslims. 
October 31: 
  • All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), a celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed. 
  • Reformation Day, a Protestant Christian religious holiday celebrated alongside All Hallows' Eve (Halloween) during the triduum of Allhallowtide in remembrance of the onset of the Reformation. 
October 31-November 1 (sundown to sundown): 
  • Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. 
  • November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans. 
November 1: 
  • All Saints’ Day, a Christian holiday commemorating all known and unknown Christian saints. (In Eastern Christianity, the day is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost.) 
November 2: 
  • All Souls’ Day, a Christian holiday commemorating all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31- November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.. 
November 11: 
  • Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of World War I in 1918. 
November 14: 
  • Diwali, the Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness. 
November 16: 
  • The Netherlands and America celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day to commemorate the longstanding relationship we share. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize the nascent United States as a sovereign state. 
November 20: 
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community. 
November 22: 
  • Feast of Christ the King, a Catholic holiday established in thanking God for the gift of time and a rededication to the Christian faith. 
November 25-January 6: 
  • Nativity Fast, a period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus. 
November 26: 
  • Thanksgiving in the United States. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. 
November 27: 
  • Native American Heritage Day, held annually the Friday after Thanksgiving, encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and honor Native Americans through appropriate ceremonies and activities. The day was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2008. 
November 29: 
  • The Sand Creek massacre was a massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho people by the U.S. Army in the American Indian Wars that occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 675-man force of the Third Colorado Cavalry under the command of U.S. Army Colonel John Chivington attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho people in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 70–500 Native Americans, about two-thirds of whom were women and children. The location has been designated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service. This was part of a series of events known as the Colorado War and was preceded by the Hungate massacre. 
November 29- December 24: 
  • Advent, a Christian season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ. 
November 30: 
  • St. Andrew’s Day, the feast day for St. Andrew within various Christian denominations. 
December 1: 
  • World AIDS Day, commemorating those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 
December 3: 
  • International Day of Disabled Persons, designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity. 
December 8: 
  • Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn celebration, by various Christian denominations, of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
December 10: 
  • International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
December 10-18: 
  • Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday that is celebrated around the world for eight days and nights. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, or Israelites, over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus, approximately 2,200 years ago. 
December 12: 
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a religious holiday in Mexico commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531. 
December 13: 
  • St. Lucia’s Day, a religious festival of light in Scandinavia and Italy commemorating the martyrdom of St. Lucia, a young Christian girl who was killed for her faith in 304 C.E. She secretly brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome while wearing a wreath of candles on her head so both her hands would be free. 
December 16-24: 
  • Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem. 
December 21: 
  • Yule Winter Solstice, celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans. The shortest day of the year represents a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal and new beginnings as the sun makes its way back to the Earth. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. 
December 25: 
  • Christmas Day, the day that many Christians associate with Jesus’ birth. 
December 26-January 1: 
  • Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage. 
December 26: 
  • Boxing Day, a secular holiday celebrated in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. 
  • Zartosht No-Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra), a day of remembrance in the Zoroastrian religion. It is a commemoration of the death anniversary of the prophet Zoroaster, or Zarathushtra. 
  • St. Stephen’s Day, a day to commemorate St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, or protomartyr. 
December 27: 
  • St. John’s Day, Apostle and Evangelist, feast day for St. John celebrated by Christian denominations. 
  • Feast of the Holy Family, a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus, his mother and his foster father, St. Joseph as a family. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families. 
December 28: 
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents, a Christian feast in remembrance of the massacre of young children in Bethlehem by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus. 
December 31: 
  • Watch Night, a day for Christians to review the year that has passed, make confessions, and then prepare for the year ahead by praying and resolving