Sunday, November 4, 2012

November's Bizarre and Weird Holidays

November certainly offers some traditional holidays.  November 1st is All Saint's Day, and here in the U.S. the first Sunday (November 4th) we go off Daylight Saving Time, November 11 is Veteran's Day, the fourth Thursday (November 22nd) is Thanksgiving Day, and this year the first Tuesday (November 6th) is Presidential Election Day.

But there's more!

November has its share of the bizarre and weird when it comes to holidays and celebrations.  In addition to specific days dedicated to a celebration, there are also week long and month long celebrations.

The entire month of November celebrates the following: Aviation History, Child Safety Protection, International Drum, National Adoption Awareness, National Epilepsy, National Model Railroad, National Novel Writing, Native American Heritage, Peanut Butter Lovers, Real Jewelry, and National Sleep Comfort.

Week 1 of November is Chemistry Week and Week 3 is Game and Puzzle Week.

And now for the daily bizarre and weird.

November 2         Look For Circles Day
November 2         Deviled Egg Day

November 3         Book Lover's Day (first Saturday of the month)
November 3         Housewife's Day
November 3         Sandwich Day

November 4         King Tut Day: celebrates the day of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb in 1922

November 5         Gunpowder Day (which seems to go hand-in-hand with…)
November 5         Guy Fawkes Day

November 6         Marooned Without A Compass Day
November 6         Saxophone Day

November 7         Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

November 8         Cook Something Bold Day
November 8         Dunce Day:  celebrates the term dunce and dunce caps. November 8 marks the death in 1308 of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland. Dunce Day is all about learning.

November 9         Chaos Never Dies Day:  recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life. You can best celebrate this day by recognizing that chaos never dies.

November 10       Forget-Me-Not Day
November 10       USMC Day

November 12       Chicken Soup For The Soul Day

November 13       National Indian Pudding Day
November 13       Sadie Hawkins Day:  originated from a cartoon, Al Capp's Lil Abner in the 1930s. On this day, a race is held and all the single men were given a short head start. If a woman catches her man, he has to marry her.
November 13       World Kindness Day
November 13       Young Readers Day (second Tuesday of the month)

November 14       Operating Room Nurse Day

November 15       Clean Your Refrigerator Day
November 15       America Recycles Day
November 15       Great American Smokeout (third Thursday in November)
November 15       National Philanthropy Day

November 16       Button Day
November 16       Have A Party With Your Bear Day

November 17       Electronic Greeting Card Day
November 17       Homemade Bread Day
November 17       National Adoption Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
November 17       Take A Hike Day
November 17       World Peace Day

November 18       Occult Day:  in true keeping with what Occult is, the origins of this day remains a mystery.

November 19       Have a Bad Day Day

November 20       Absurdity Day:  some days are truly illogical and senseless, exactly the definition of Absurdity Day.
November 20       Beautiful Day
November 20       Universal Children's Day

November 21       False Confession Day:  while this day sounds like a lot of fun, use caution while participating. A false confession can get you in a heap of trouble in a hurry. Don't make any false confession that will cause injury or harm to you or others.
November 21       World Hello Day

November 22       Go For A Ride Day

November 23       Black Friday
November 23       Buy Nothing Day
November 23       Eat a Cranberry Day
November 23       National Cashew Day
November 23       You're Welcome Day

November 25       National Parfait Day

November 26       Shopping Reminder Day

November 27       Pins and Needles Day

November 28       Make Your Own Head Day
November 28       Red Planet Day:  commemorates the launch of the Mariner 4 on November 28, 1964. The 228 day mission brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965.

November 29       Square Dance Day

November 30       Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

Amazingly of the bizarre holidays mentioned, 11 of them have a connection to food. I'm sure there are other bizarre and weird holidays in November celebrated by some of you.  Any I missed?

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