You know all the big holidays in November; Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and Remembrance Day, but do you know some of the more ‘unique‘ holidays? Read on; hope you have a calendar nearby.
November is a month full of weird holidays. It would take forever to go into full detail on all of them, so here is a quick run down.
November 1st: Today is All Saint’s Day. This is a Christian holiday that was made to recognize the saints of the Christian church. Originally in May; All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day were moved to November to try and downplay the pagan holiday Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos, in the hopes of replacing the pagan holidays. I wonder if it worked…
November 2nd: Today is All Soul’s Day, also known as the Day of the Dead. It is another Christian holiday that’s purpose is to remember the soul’s of friends and loved ones who have died. Less importantly, today is also National Devilled Egg Day. All Soul’s Day was founded in 998; National Devilled Egg day on the other hand might not even be a National holiday, as it does not have the proper documentation. We also have Look for Circles Day and Plan Your Epitaph Day, the second being conveniently on the same day as All Soul’s Day.
November 3rd: On this day we have 3 holidays, Housewife’s Day, Men Make Dinner Day and Sandwich Day. Makes sense, the housewife’s celebrate by forcing the men to make dinner and the men make sandwiches. Makes sense, don’t you think? Not really as Men Make Dinner Day is on the first Thursday of November, we just got lucky this year.
November 4th: Today is King Tut Day; the holiday celebrates the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb in 1922.
November 5th: Today is always Gunpowder Day and Guy Fawkes Day, though the two holidays are basically the same thing. These holidays commemorate the Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605. A group of Catholics, led by Guy Fawkes, tried to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and King James I, who had banned Catholicism. The plot was uncovered and Guy Fawkes was arrested just as he was about to light the gunpowder and destroy the Houses of Parliament. The British celebrate this holiday with bonfires and fireworks. Today is also Book Lovers Day this year; the holiday is always on the first Saturday of November. Some sources say Book Lovers Day is on August 9th, but if you are a true reader you will celebrate both dates.
November 6th: Today is Saxophone Day and Marooned without a Compass Day. Saxophone Day is celebrated on this date because the inventor of the saxophone, Adophe Sax, was born on November 6, 1814.
November 7th: Happy Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day! Celebrate by eating your favourite bittersweet chocolate with almonds brand. ‘Holiday’ totally not created by some candy company.
November 8th: Celebrate Cook Something Bold Day, Dunce Day, and Young Readers Day (but this holiday is always on the second Tuesday of November). Today is also the U.S. General Elections; celebrate by either pulling out your hair and sobbing or laughing at how sad the world is.
November 9th: Today is Chaos Never Dies Day. It is so chaotic a day that the holiday has no proper documentation online or offline, but at least it is a holiday.
November 10th: Today is Forget-Me-Not Day, celebrate by getting in touch with friends and loved ones, especially if you have not seen them for a while
November 12th: Today is Chicken Soup for the Soul Day; celebrate by celebrating yourself and reading a book from Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises. Totally not created for commercial reasons.
November 13th: Today is Caregiver Appreciation Day, National Indian Pudding Day, Sadie Hawkins Day, and World Kindness Day. With this many holidays, why don’t we have the day off?
November 14th: Celebrate Operating Room Nurse Day and World Diabetes Day (not to be confused with Diabetes Awareness Day, which is on March 25th).
November 15th: Today is Clean Your Refrigerator Day, America Recycles Day, and National Philanthropy Day. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created National Philanthropy Day in 1985; George W. Bush gave America Recycles Day a presidential proclamation in 2004, but it is not an official holiday in Canada. That does not mean you can’t celebrate it though.
November 16th: Celebrate Button Day, Have a Party With Your Bear Day and National Fast Food Day. None are official anywhere, but so are many of the holidays in this article.
November 17th: Another jam-packed day, we have Electronic Greeting Card Day, Homemade Bread Day, Take A Hike Day, World Peace Day, and this year we have the Great American Smokeout, which is always on the third Thursday of November.
November 18th: Celebrate Occult Day by starting a secret society, getting your fortune told, or turning lead into gold.
November 19th: Hope you have a horrible day on Have a Bad Day Day. We also have National Adoption Day, as today is the Saturday before U.S. Thanksgiving.
November 20th: So many childish, pretty, and illogical holidays today! Celebrate Absurdity Day, Beautiful Day, and Universal Children’s Day.
November 21st: Confess that you did not say hello even though you did on False Confession Day and World Hello Day.
November 22nd: Go for a ride on Go For a Ride Day. You celebrate by going for a ride.
November 23rd: Hope you have a happy Eat a Cranberry Day, National Cashew Day, and National Tie One On Day. National Tie One On Day is a day to give to the heart by doing good deeds for the less fortunate.
November 24th: Today is Thanksgiving for those down south. This is also Evolution Day and All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day. Both holidays celebrate the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species.
November 25th: Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the USA, so someone had the bright idea to make this You’re Welcome Day. Other notable holidays are National Parfait Day and Buy Nothing Day (as you might know, today is also Black Friday, a big shopping holiday).
November 26th: Happy Shopping Reminder Day. Remember to buy stuff for yourself; you know you deserve it!
November 27th: Today is Pins and Needles Day. Today marks the opening of the pro-labor musical Pins and Needles in 1937. Celebrate this important holiday by being nervous and anxious.
November 28th: Red Planet Day celebrates the launch of Mariner 4, a spacecraft that came within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965. Other noteworthy holidays are Make Your Own Head Day and French Toast Day.
November 29th: Do a square dance on Square Dance Day.
November 30th: The last day of the month is Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day.
Some of these holidays are official or religious holidays but most are not official. Many of these are created for commercial reasons or just because. But even if some of these holidays are not official, that doesn’t mean we can’t just celebrate them anyway.