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October Holidays

Oct 01, 2016

October is all about scary movies, spooky costumes and freaky stories. But you can have a rocking Halloween and still pay your respects to these other lonely holidays. Take a look at the October holidays and observances that may be feeling a bit neglected.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was first observed in 1992, and is celebrated every year on October 10th. Each year there is a theme to help bring awareness to the world about mental health. In 2015, the theme is Dignity in Mental Health. Find out if your school is planning something for this day and see how you can get involved in this cause!

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Columbus Day

This holiday is in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus, who first came to the New World on October 12th, 1492. Since 1920, it has been an annual holiday in the United States. President Franklin Roosevelt set aside October 12th as Columbus Day in 1937. Later, President Richard Nixon declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the second Monday in October. In 2016, Columbus Day is October 10th.

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Canadian Thanksgiving

The origins of Canada's Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first of these Thanksgivings was celebrated in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in what is now known as Newfoundland in 1578. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts! But it wasn't until 1937 that the second Monday in October was officially declared a national holiday. This year Canadian Thanksgiving is October 10th!

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United Nations Day

United Nations Day is observed to celebrate the coming together of the 81 different countries that form the United Nations (UN). It was on January 26, 1945 that 50 countries signed on to be a part of the UN, and on October 24th of the same year, the United Nations Charter was passed and the United Nations became an official governing body. The United Nations Day mission statement is that the day "shall be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations." The United Nations is involved with numerous humanitarian and war-related issues every year.

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Halloween

It's a night for goblins, witches and ghouls to come out and have a good ol' time on October 31st! And it's time for you to bob for apples, carve jack-o-lanterns, dress-up in your scariest garb and head off to the Halloween dance. What could possibly make this day better? Why, getting free candy just for dressing up in a crazy costume! And if you're looking for a bit more info on the history of All Hallows Eve, then check out our History of Halloween article.

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Chupacabra
Chupacabra posted in Random:
"Autonomy" wrote: "iamalive" wrote: its the kinda thing you come to when you have nothing else to do, but end up being happy you checked in Odd, I normally end up feeling depressed and unfulfilled. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. Maybe you haven't given it enough time? Looks like you just joined. Just a thought.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
I usually pester close friends to RP with me when I'm bored X3
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nounou123
nounou123 posted in Say Anything:
i guess everyone sometimes feel bored but there is many ways to enjoy and many things to do when you are bored but whats is your own ways ?
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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Random:
"iamalive" wrote:its the kinda thing you come to when you have nothing else to do, but end up being happy you checked in Odd, I normally end up feeling depressed and unfulfilled. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.
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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Debating:
If existence were an illusion, we would be faced with an even more pressing question: who's illusion is it? Mine? Yours? God's? How would we know? Perhaps when we dream at night, we're really waking up in the real world, and when the dream ends we return to the simulation that we believe to be the real world. Perhaps our world is actually a cleverly designed computer program, and all the while we're actually being kept on life support in a vat of red goo while robot overlords harvest electricity from..... actually, I'm just thinking of the Matrix. But even if existence were an illusion, it's a pretty darn good one. So good that it's real enough for me, and so I just treat life as though it were really real. Even though, as someone else mentioned, when you get down to the subatomic level, nothing makes the slightest bit of sense. I mean, sh-- just does whatever it wants down there. It's crazy. Like, I tried to comprehend it once, and I woke up in a puddle of what I assume was my melted brain. Don't try this at home, kids.
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