We all know Thanksgiving is coming up, and it is certainly November’s most well-known holiday, but I found a whole lot of other (and sometimes downright bizarre) reasons to celebrate in November!
Nov. 1st: All Saints’ Day (formerly All Hallows Day)
Nov. 2nd: All Souls Day.. It is known in Mexico as el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and the whole month of November is especially dedicated to praying for the dead.
Nov. 6th: Election Day
Nov. 10th: The birthday of the United States Marine Corps
Nov. 11th: Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations and various European countries (including France and Belgium) to commemorate World War I and other wars. It is known as Veterans Day in the United States.
Nov 14th: World Diabetes Day
Nov 17: The Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak around this day!
Nov 19th: International Men’s Day
Nov. 20th: Transgender Day of Remembrance (which has occurred each year in the United States since 1999).
Nov. 21st: National Adoption Day
Nov. 22nd: Thanksgiving
The Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society occurs on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving. Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking for these 24 hours, in hopes that they will quit forever. This year it falls on November 15th.
But there is no need to stop there! Here are some reasons to celebrate all month long!
- Native American Heritage Month
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
- COPD Awareness month
- National Novel Writing Month
- Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- Peanut Butter Lovers Month
- National Good Nutrition Month
- National Pepper Month
- National Sleep Comfort Month
- Aviation History Month
- American Diabetes Month
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month
- National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
- Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
- National Pomegranate Month in the United States
- Holy Souls in Purgatory (Roman Catholic Church)
- International Drum Month
- National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States)
- Epilepsy Awareness Month