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October FUN!

October is not only about Halloween, it is FULL of FUN days to celebrate!

GS Ambassador Wing

Once we started looking into October, we found a myriad of FUN and FROLICS to be had during every single day of the month...

The very first day of the month of October is a lovely, sweet excuse to do something nice for someone:

International Day for the Elderly, celebrated on October 1st, dedicated to honouring, respecting, and caring for the world’s older folk.

Sadly, often forgotten, they may need your support in some way. Most of all, maybe simply a little of your time and attention. So, give an elderly person that you know some extra time and care on this day. Remember, someday you hope to be included in this group and will want some young pup to return the favour when it's your turn!

In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day for the Elderly, also known as the “International Day for Older Persons”. This holiday is the result of the UN World Assembly on Aging. Formed in 1982, this organization seeks ways to explore and tend to the needs of the elderly around the world.


There are also many other reasons to celebrate during October:

Daylight Savings time ends gain 1 hour of sleep! (exact date varies)
International Frugal Fun Day (first Saturday)
World Card Making Day (first Saturday)
Oktoberfest in Germany ends (exact date varies)
World Smile Day (first Friday)
National (USA) Motorcycle Ride Day (second Saturday)
Thanksgiving Day (Canada) (second Monday)
Columbus Day (second Monday)
Indigenous People Day (second Monday)
Emergency Nurses Day (second Wednesday)
Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day (second Wednesday)
World Egg Day (second Friday)
Sweetest Day (third Saturday)
Boss’s Day (weekday closest to October 16th)
Make a Difference Day (fourth Saturday)
Mother-In-Law Day (fourth Sunday)
Frankenstein Friday (last Friday)

October

2nd October Name Your Car Day
1st
National (USA) Homemade Cookies Day
World Vegetarian Day
International Coffee Day
2nd

Name Your Car Day
World Farm Animals Day

3rd
National (USA) Boyfriends Day
Techies Day

4th
National (USA) Golf Day
National (USA) Frappe Day

5th
Do Something Nice Day
World Teacher's Day


GAIN 1 HOUR'S SLEEP!!!
6th
Daylight Savings time ends gain 1 hour of sleep!!
Come and Take it Day
Mad Hatter Day
Physician Assistant Day

7th
Bald and Free Day
International Walk to School Day

8th
American (USA) Touch Tag Day

9th
Curious Events Day
Fire Prevention Day

10th
Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Columbus Day
Indigenous People Day
International Newspaper Carrier Day

It's MY Party!!
11th
International Day of the Girl Child
It's My Party Day

12th
Cookbook Launch Day
Emergency Nurses Day
Old Farmer's Day
Moment of Frustration Day
Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

13th
International Skeptics Day

14th
Be Bald and Free Day
National (USA) Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two!
World Egg Day

15th
Sweetest Day


Ready to read your Dictionary?
16th
Dictionary Day

17th
Boss’s Day
National (USA) Pasta Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day

18th
No Beard Day

19th
Evaluate Your Life Day

20th
Universal Children’s Day
International Chefs Day
UK National Waiters Day


Smart is COOL EVERYDAY!
21st
International Nacho Day

22nd
Make a Difference Day
Smart is Cool Day

23rd
Mother-In-Law Day

24th
United Nations Day

25th
Howl at the Moon Night
International Artist Day
Punk for a Day Day
World Opera Day
World Pasta Day

26th
National (USA) Mincemeat Day

27th
Black Cat Day
National Tell a Story Day (Scotland and UK)
Navy Day

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!!!

28th
Frankenstein Friday
Plush Animal Lover's Day

29th
Hermit Day
National (USA) Cat Day
National (USA) Frankenstein Day

30th
Mischief Night - Trick or Treat?!

31st
Carve a Pumpkin Day - no surprise here
Halloween
Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

 





Days To Remember

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day encourages us all to eat our vegetables and fruits.

Countless studies have proven that a diet of fruits and vegetables is good for our health. Many of our GS Ambassadors are Vegetarians and have made this choice either for their health, or from a conviction that they should not eat, and therefore, kill animals.

A vegetarian, by definition, eats no meat. That includes fish and other forms of seafood. A vegetarian eats no "Food with a Face!" Their diet consists of plants....fruits and vegetables. They are often ethically and morally opposed to killing animals for food. They are also against the poor treatment of animals at farms and slaughterhouses. A vegan consumes no product derived from animals, such as milk, eggs or cheese, and true vegans also avoid using any animal products such as leather shoes or bags, or silk stockings! (But nylon would be fine!)

These days so many people are vegetarian, and vegan that there are huge selections of plant-based products and options widely available. Do check out the wide range of sites offering exciting and tasty vegetarian recipes.

This day is used to promote awareness of the issues, and encourages others to become vegetarians. Seeing as fruits and vegetables are not only very healthy for you, the only things on the planet that produce protein are plants - World Vegetarian Day is a good day to try some first-hand, clean proteins in a vegetarian or vegan meal. You might just be surprised at how good it tastes too!

International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day is celebrated on October 1st.

This day celebrates one of the world’s favorite hot beverages, which is enjoyed and celebrated around the world. Call it what you like: coffee, Java, a cup of Joe, or any of dozens of names. Billions of people around the world drink billions of cups of coffee daily.

Coffee Day and National Coffee Day – Up until now, dates have varied widely across dozens or more countries. International Coffee Day now replaces these prior events.

Can’t wake up and be alert without your first cup of Java? You’re not alone. It is estimated that over 400 litres (88 gallons) of coffee are consumed annually per capita.

This author suspects he consumes a whole lot more than the average Joe. How about you!?

Did You Know? On a per capita consumption basis, you may be surprised to know the U.S. is not the top coffee-drinking country, not even close! Depending upon what survey you read, the U.S. ranks between 22 -25. Who is the top coffee-consuming country? Finland.

Origin of International Coffee Day – Eliminating the Confusion at a meeting on March 3-7, 2014, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) created International Coffee Day and established October 1 as the date to celebrate coffee around the world.

The first International Coffee Day was held on October 1st in 2015. This allows people and countries around the world to celebrate coffee on the same day.

How to Celebrate International Coffee Day:
There are a number of reasons to celebrate this day including:
Simply enjoy a cup of your favourite beverage!
Celebrate this popular drink.
Promote awareness of the economic importance of this crop and market.
Raise awareness of the plight of coffee growers.
Buy a cup of coffee for someone.

Come and Take it Day

Come and Take it Day is an October 6 holiday in the USA.

This day is here for the taking. Grab it. Take it and run with it!

We’re sure it’s going to be a great day. There is a slight difference between the terms “come and get it” and “come and take it”. The first suggests an offer by someone, and therefore, approval to have whatever “it” is.

Whatever you have been looking for, today is the day to reach out for it…… to take it and make it yours! Use your imagination. (But if the taking involves another person in any way shape or form, get their okay before you take it!)

American Touch Tag Day

If you're not in America, honour this day by making up your own rules and playing your own form of "Touch Tag!"

Curious Events Day

Celebrated in the USA on October 9

If you have a questioning and curious mind, this is your day.

It encourages you to hold some kind of event to pique your curiosity. The topics are broad and seemingly endless, from deep philosophical subjects to the question of the existence of alien lifeforms. The only requirement is that the event must be about our curiosity...

Always associated with Halloween are many strange, odd, and weird happenings. What do you think? Are they linked?

How to Celebrate Curious Events Day:


Become curious about everything that happens today.
Hold a "Curiosity Party" and invite your friends.
Pose intriguing questions to family and friends.
Pick a subject you are curious about and explore it in depth.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is one of the biggest Canadian holidays.

It has some similarities to Thanksgiving in the U.S. But, it is also very different in many ways.

The Canadian Thanksgiving Day is based around a bountiful harvest and it occurs near the end of the harvest season in mid-October.

There is no tie-in between the Pilgrims and Indians.

On Thanksgiving, Canadians give thanks for the successful harvest and have a huge feast. Turkeys are a very popular choice for the meal. Ham and other meats are also common choices. The feast is almost certain to have a dish or two that includes Canadian bacon. Because it is tied to the fall harvest, fall fruits and vegetables are included with the meal and on dessert trays. Pumpkin and apple pies are traditional favorites. While maple syrup is harvested and late winter, there is certainly something at the dessert table made with it.

The day itself is a time for reflection. It also often includes games and activities with family and friends. Because it is held in October, after dinner family walks or hikes to enjoy the Fall foliage are popular. After the feast and festivities, people often settle down in front of the television to watch a CFL football game.

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October. North Americans have been celebrating Columbus Day since 1792. That year, New York City held the first Columbus Day celebration commemorating the 500th anniversary of Columbus landing in 1492.

For decades and decades, American history books and school teaching told us Christopher Columbus discovered America. What those books and teachings did not give credit, to is the fact that Native Americans were already there! Native Americans truly discovered America. It also gave little mention, to the fact that Nordic explorers beginning with Leif Erikson had traveled down the eastern coast of Canada hundreds of years before Columbus arrived.

Today, Columbus Day is celebrated for what it accurately is. Columbus did discover the existence of the New World for Europeans who until then, believed the world was flat and ended somewhere in the Atlantic. Not believing the world was flat, his real goal was to find a way to the Orient. And, the focus of this day is now more on the discovery of the “New World”, and less on Columbus himself.

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child is on October 11. Attaining women’s rights and equality has been a long struggle around the world. In many parts of the world, women continue to be oppressed, in many ways.

This special day brings attention specifically to young girls. A key objective of this day is to draw attention to the challenges girls face. Putting a spotlight on many of these problems should help us to overcome them.

It also serves as a voice toward true equality, encouraging and empowering girls to seek their rights and equality. One of the early goals of this day has been to put an end to arranged child marriages. While it may be hard for many of us modern nations to believe, child marriages continue in some places to this day!

How to Celebrate International Day of the Girl Child:
Recognise that women’s and girls’ equality is an issue in all countries.
Do your part to correct this problem.
Support women’s organizations.
If we all do the right thing, together we can beat this injustice.

It’s My Party Day

It’s My Party Day is another October 11 celebration day.

Pull out all of the stops! Spare no expense! Have a grand celebration!

Do you really need a reason to have a huge gala? Nope, so get this party started!

What a great opportunity to have some FUN. Get into a festive mood, celebrate all day - and all night! You can make it simple, or elaborate. Invite family and friends. Being mid-October, a Fall or Halloween theme is in order if you're short of ideas - but ANY excuse will do on this day!

Cookbook Launch Day

Been writing a cookbook? Today is the day to launch it!

Moment of Frustration Day

What a truly frustrating day. Although, the most important reason for today, is the opportunity to let your frustrations out.
If you are not frustrated, count your blessings and don't use today to add to your frustrations. Certainly don't find new things to be frustrated about.

Are you frustrated? Time to let it out!
Here are some suggestions on how to ease that moment of frustration in a harmless, healthy manner; 
Go for a walk when faced with a frustrating situation, walk away from the situation. Time and distance, will often help to eliminate the frustration. The walk allows you to clear your head and think about how to resolve it. Afterwards, you will feel much better.
Let your feelings out... If you need to cry, then cry.
Think...take a moment to consider what will ease or eliminate those frustrations.
How can you resolve the problem?
Talk... let your feelings out to someone you can confide in. If it's a frustration about a person, talk with them. Let them know how you feel in a respectful and constructive way.
Seek help if you need it. Ask a friend, a family member, or a professional to help you.

Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day is a great opportunity to show off your beloved Teddy Bear to work associates.

Take your beloved Teddy Bear with you to work.
You probably already know how to celebrate this day. Dress him up for the big event. Plan for a big day. Take your Teddy Bear on a tour of the workplace. Bring Teddy to lunch in the work cafeteria. If your boss allows it, let Teddy do a work-related project!
If this day falls on a Saturday, plan to spend the day with your Teddy Bear and, cuddle up to him (or her) at night. Here's wishing you and your Teddy Bear a very Happy Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day!

Boss’s Day

Weekday closest to October 16 - Is a day that your fearless leader is certain to enjoy!
Now here is a day that gives you a chance to both tell and show the boss what you really think of him or her. It is an opportunity to give your boss the appreciation that he or she truly deserves. Go right ahead and give it to him or her…..give it to him good! After all, it only comes around once a year.

Make a Difference Day

Celebrated on the 4th Saturday in October, it began in 1992 in the USA.

This is a national day is for devoted to helping others by doing volunteer work in the community. The activity can be almost anything. On this day, millions of US Americans participate in community improvement projects. Activities can take almost any form: cleanup, fix-up, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks, and municipal facilities.

It doesn’t matter what project you take on. Nor, does it matter whether you help a non-profit organisation, the community, your town, a nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate. Commit to helping others for just one day. Make a difference on Make a Difference Day!

Did You Know? Each year on Make a Difference Day, ex-President Jimmie Carter used to get out his hammer and saw, and help to build or rebuild housing in underprivileged areas. There is no better example of people helping others than this!

Get the neighbours together and clean up your street. Assist a neighbour in need. Organize a group to clean and spruce up your local park. Join an organization that provides service to others. Help someone else. On a personal level, do something to make a difference in your life.

Halloween

It's absolutely Halloween. And, Halloween is absolutely the best holiday of the year!

It is the favourite for so many, as there is no stress, no overload, and no "Holiday Depression." It's just about FUN. Dressing up, trick or treat and sweets!

What's your favourite Halloween custom? What do you do in your country? Email us or comment below to share with others.

What's your favourite Halloween costume? Bats, Dracula, Ghosts, Witches, Zombies, Ghouls, Pumpkins, Skeletons, Scarecrows, Vampires, Nuns, even Schoolgirl and Nurses outfits!....... You name it, people like to wear it at Halloween!

 

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