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October Events 2018

In the Julian and the Gregorian calendar October is the tenth month of the calendar year whereas in the Roman calendar it was the eighth month of the year before Numa the king added the month of January and February to the calendar year. The month originally had 31 days but king Numa changed them to 29 days. Later two days were added by Julius Caesar making the month again of 31 days.  In the Gregorian calendar that we use today, the month of October has 31 days. As it was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, it was named after the Latin word ‘ôctō’ meaning eight. The month of October is linked to the autumn season in the northern hemisphere and spring season in the southern hemisphere. This is the month when the leaves change their color in the northern hemisphere; birds fly to the southern hemisphere to protect themselves from the cold. The first frost takes place in this month. A different story takes place in the southern hemisphere. It is the month of light and color, when flowers bloom. Many harvests like apples take place in the month of October. Therefore we could say that the month of October in the south is same as the month of April in the north. The month of October is symbolized by;

  • The birthstones opal and tourmaline represents the month of October
  • Calendula is the birth flower for the month
  • The zodiac signs of the month are Libra, which is till the 22nd of October, and Scorpio which starts at the 23rd of October.

The month is very special as many events and festivals take place during the month of October around the globe. People celebrate their religious and cultural festivals and other celebration in this month too. Some of them are mentioned bellow;

  • October is the Month of the Holy Rosary in Catholic Church tradition
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • International Walk to School Month
  • World Blindness Awareness Month


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