Sharing my birthday with John Lennon and World Post Day, I find it only fitting to bring you inspiration and information; as we welcome the Month of October. The temperatures are finally starting to drop here in Florida, whooo! And the fresh air is blowing through our windows bringing in new hope for a better world of good health and peace.
With all the history that is in this nation, and as we walk into unchartered territory for our future, the elders in our communities are full of wisdom and knowledge concerning our nation’s past and could probably give us some insight into future possibilities. Therefore, we celebrate the International Day of Elder Persons on the 1st day of October. “A just society cares about each of its members regardless of their age.”
Looking at October’s calendar, there are some 226 October holidays. We’ll start the list where global cultural celebrations are part of this October extravaganza. Filipino American History Month, Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, and Polish American Heritage Month. Although not monthly holidays, we must not forget National Unity Day and National German-American Day—these federal holidays make the cultural list complete.
There are numerous holidays for every day in this month. Might we suggest raking through the leaves and finding the ones you like most to keep. (Click on the pumpkin to see the entire list.) But we’ll give you a sampler of some holidays to come…As a blogger, I couldn’t resist National Poetry Day (Oct. 1) or Dictionary Day (Oct. 16)—you can’t have one without the other. My hat is off to Noah Webster who published the first dictionary in 1806—on Oct. 16th we celebrate his birthday. And to this set of celedays we’d like to add National Internet Day…Who knew? From AOL to Cortana….we’ve come a long way. For those of you who like carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie or drinking pumpkin spice lattes there’s National Pumpkin Day.
…honoring those who are on the front lines…
On a serious note, we would like to take this time for honoring those who are on the front lines trying to keep us alive and fighting for theirs every day. Global Handwashing Day, Health Care Aide Day and National First Responders Day.
In filling this cornucopia of events we must put in the Federal holidays which are Columbus Day, National Day of the Deployed, Navy Birthday, United Nations Day, and Navy Day. The latter are the first responders to our national and international defense and security. Lives sacrificed so that we can enjoy our freedom and for which we should never forget to say thank you and be thankful.
In rounding out this short list, let us not forget October 31st, Halloween. Even though we wear masks practically everyday, changing into celebratory garb for some, will still be exciting. Don’t get caught in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin or you’ll be greatly disappointed — Linus is still waiting!
A little October Trivia. The traditional flower of the month of October is the calendula (commonly called marigold), symbolizing comfort, healing, protection and grace.
We pray that each day be filled with blessings of laughter and joy. That each day grant you moments to treasure forever and each day be the best ever. For all this we are grateful, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
May your pumpkin turn into a coach that takes you where your destiny awaits...
Happy New Month and best wishes to you all. Blessings and Peace!
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