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Events In October 2024

Database of events, awareness days, holidays, and promotions occurring in October of this year.

ABOUT OCTOBER 2024

October, the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar (established in 1582 with Pope Gregory XIII), holds a unique position in the annals of time. Its name originates from the Latin "octo," meaning "eight," as it was the eighth month in the ancient Roman calendar. October's position has shifted due to calendar reforms, but its name embraces its early chronological placement.

October is autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere

ASTROLOGY

October 1-22 fall under the air sign Libra. October 23-31 are under the water sign of Scorpio.

BIRTHSTONES

The birthstones of October are the opal and tourmaline. Opals are celebrated for their kaleidoscopic colors, symbolizing hope, innocence, and purity. Legends abound about opals; some ancient cultures believed they fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, imbuing them with magical properties. Tourmaline, known for its broad color spectrum, is thought to inspire creativity and was used historically as a talisman to protect against danger.

FLOWERS

The flower of October is the marigold. With its bright orange and yellow hues, the marigold is associated with the sun and represents passion and creativity. In various cultures, marigolds symbolize remembrance and celebration of the dead, particularly in Day of the Dead ceremonies in Mexico, which occur during the first two days of November

LEGENDS

October is rich in folk legends and customs, many centered around the end of the harvest and the onset of winter. A prominent legend is that of Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in'), an ancient Celtic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Legend says Samhain is when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

In many parts of the world, October is synonymous with celebrating Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, on October 31st. This tradition, influenced by Samhain and Christian practices, involves costume-wearing, trick-or-treating, and carving jack-o'-lanterns, a custom originating from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack who tricked the devil.

Another October tradition is Oktoberfest, a world-famous festival in Munich, Germany. Originally a celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810, it has evolved into a global event celebrating Bavarian culture, especially its beers and festivities.

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Translation: "Donkey Welfare Day is observed in Kenya on May 17 this year".

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