Open main menu


  (Redirected from October (month))
01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  
Maple leaf in October.

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin ôctō meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans. In Ancient Rome, one of three Mundus patet would take place on October 5, Meditrinalia October 11, Augustalia on October 12, October Horse on October 15, and Armilustrium on October 19. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar. Among the Anglo-Saxons, it was known as Ƿinterfylleþ, because at this full moon (fylleþ) winter was supposed to begin.[1]

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and with spring in the Southern hemisphere.


October symbolsEdit

October observancesEdit

This list does not necessarily imply either official status or general observance.

Non-Gregorian observances: 2018 datesEdit

(Please note that all Baha'i, Islamic, and Jewish observances begin at sundown prior to the date listed, and end at sundown of the date in question unless otherwise noted.)

Month-long observancesEdit

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

The last two to three weeks in October (and, occasionally, the first week of November) are the only time of the year during which each of the "Big Four" major North American professional sports leagues schedule games; the National Basketball Association begins its preseason and about two weeks later starts the regular season, the National Hockey League is about one month into its regular season, the National Football League is about halfway through its regular season, and Major League Baseball is in its postseason with the League Championship Series and World Series. There have been 18 occasions in which all four leagues have played games on the same day (an occurrence popularly termed a "sports equinox"), with the most recent of these having taken place on October 18, 2018.[9] Additionally, the Canadian Football League is typically nearing the end of its regular season during this period, while Major League Soccer is beginning the MLS Cup Playoffs.

United States, Health-relatedEdit
United States, CulinaryEdit

Movable observances, 2018 datesEdit

First Monday: October 1Edit

First Tuesday: October 2Edit

First Wednesday: October 3Edit

First Thursday: October 4Edit

First Friday: October 5Edit

First Full Week: October 7-13Edit

First Sunday: October 7Edit

Week of October 9: October 7-13Edit

Week of October 10: October 7-13Edit

Second Monday: October 8Edit

Second Wednesday: October 10Edit

Second Thursday: October 11Edit

Second Friday: October 12Edit

Second Saturday: October 13Edit

Second Sunday: October 14Edit

Third Monday: October 15Edit

Wednesday of second full week in October: October 17Edit

Third Thursday: October 18Edit

Third Saturday: October 20Edit

Week of Fourth Wednesday: October 21-27Edit

Third Sunday: October 21Edit

Second to last Sunday: October 21Edit

Fourth Monday: October 22Edit

Fourth Wednesday: October 24Edit

Last Friday: October 26Edit

Fourth Saturday: October 27Edit

Saturday closest to October 26: October 27Edit

Last Sunday: October 28Edit

Last Monday: October 29Edit

Fixed observancesEdit

A shop in Derry decorated for Halloween
Halloween pumpkins


External linksEdit

  1. ^   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "October". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ "Gemstone Leaflet" (PDF). Jewelers of America. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-22. Retrieved Jan 22, 2012.
  3. ^ SHG Resources. "Birth Months, Flowers, and Gemstones". SHG Resources. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  4. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Special Devotions For Months". Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  5. ^ "Health Literacy Month – Finding the Right Words for Better Health".
  6. ^ "SDMS Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month".
  7. ^ "Home -".
  8. ^ [1] Archived February 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Abdeldaiem, Alaa (October 18, 2018). "How to Watch the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB as the Leagues Overlap for the 2018 Sports Equinox". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "American Archives Month". National Archives. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  11. ^ "October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month". ASPCA. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  12. ^ Archived October 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "American Pharmacists Month 2011". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  14. ^ "Little People of America".
  15. ^ "Eczema Awareness Month – National Eczema Association". National Eczema Association.
  16. ^ "ADHA – October is National Dental Hygiene Month". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  17. ^ "Healthy Lung Month – Lung problems". 5 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Observing Infertility Awareness Month". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  19. ^ "Liver Awareness Month".
  20. ^ [2] Archived November 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ APTA | National Physical Therapy Month Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Spina Bifida Association – Spina Bifida Association". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  23. ^ "October is SIDS Awareness Month".
  24. ^ "National Pizza Month". Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  25. ^ "Popcorn Poppin' Month". Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  26. ^ "October is National Pork Month". ThePigSite. 2007-10-02.
  27. ^ "NOAA Fisheries Celebrates National Seafood Month". 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  28. ^ "About Walk to School Day : Walk & Bike to School". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  29. ^ "World Ballet Day homepage". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  30. ^
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ "National Astronomy Day 2018".
  34. ^
  35. ^
  36. ^
  37. ^ "Diversity – UMUC".