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October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days. In the northern hemisphere, October is commonly associated with the season of autumn. October begins in western tropical astrology with the sun in the sign of Libra and ends in the sign of Scorpio. Astronomically speaking, the sun actually begins in the constellation of Virgo and ends in the constellation of Libra.
October events and holidaysEdit
- Thanksgiving (Canada) - Second Monday of October
- National Day (China) -October 1
- International Day of Non-Violence - October 2
- Children's Book Week in (England) - First Week of October
- Health and Sports Day (Japan) - Second Monday of October
- German Unity Day (Germany) National Holiday - October 3
- Proclamation of Portuguese Republic (Portugal) - October 5
- Squirrel Appreciation Week - October 7 to October 13
- Independence day in Croatia-October 8
- Columbus Day (Most of United States) - Second Monday of October
- Apple Day - October 21
- Remembering to the 1956's Hungarian Revolution - October 23
- United Nations Day - October 24
- Independence Day in St. Vincent & the Grenadines - October 27
- Independence Day in Nigeria- October 1
- Independence Day in the Republic Of Cyprus October 1
- Independence Day in Greece October 28
- Independence Day in Turkmenistan - October 27
- Halloween - October 31
- MLB Baseball World Series - Late October
- Mitchell Biesen's Birthday- October 24
More events are listed on the individual dates of the calendar on this page.
Month-long observances Edit
- Filipino American History Month (in United States)
- National Arts & Humanities Month (in United States)
- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (in United States)
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month (in United States)
- National Sexuality Education Month (in United States)
- National Energy Month
- LGBT Month
- National Vegetarian Awareness Month
- National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 in United States)
- Italian American Heritage Month
- Polish American Heritage Month
- German American Heritage Day (October 6)
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (in United States and Canada)
- Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
- Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
- National Dental Hygiene Month (in United States)
- National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)
- Health Literacy Month 
- Healthy Lung Month
- National Infertility Awareness Month (in United States)
- National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month (in United States)
- National Orthodontic Health Month (in United States)
- National Physical Therapy Month (in United States)
- National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (in United States)
- National Spinal Health Month (in United States)
- Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month (in United States) 
- World Blindness Awareness Month
- In Afrikaans, October is called Oktober
- In Albanian, October is called Tetor
- In Arabic, October is called tashrîn al-awwal in the Middle East and uktûbîr in North-Africa.
- In Bulgarian, October is called Октомври
- In Chinese, October is called Shíyuè（十月）also meaning the tenth month.
- In Croatian, October is called Listopad, meaning leaves list fall pad.
- In Czech, October is called říjen. The origin of this name is in the deer's belling in this month.
- A traditional Dutch name for October is Wijnmaand ("wine month") because the first wines of the year have ripened.
- In Finnish, October is called lokakuu, meaning "month of dirt".
- In French, October is called "octobre".
- In German, October is called "Oktober".
- In Greek, October is called "Octovrios","Οκτώβριος".
- In Hungarian, October is called Október.
- In Icelandic, October is called október.
- In Inuktitut, October is called uktuputi.
- In Irish, October is called Deireadh Fómhair, meaning "end of harvest-time".
- In Italian, October is called ottobre.
- In the old Japanese calendar, the 10th month was called Kannazuki (神無月? also pronounced Kaminazuki), literally meaning the godless month, due to an old belief that in that month, the gods gathered in one spot to discuss the affairs of the world. Thus, in that month, the gods were inaccessible. (It actually means, "month of the gods", however, as the "na" is actually a possessive particle and the 無 character is ateji.)
- In Korean, it is called "Sib-weol" meaning the tenth month
- In Latin, October is called Octubre, or VIIIber (where VIII is the Roman number 8, in Latin "octo"). The name is due to the fact that it was the 8th month in the early Julian calendar beginning in March.
- In Lithuanian, October is called Spalis.
- In Polish, October is called "Październik".
- In Portuguese, October is called "Outubro".
- In Romanian, October is called "Octombrie"
- In Russian, October is called "Октябрь"
- In Scottish Gaelic, October is called an Damhar, meaning "rutting time" (of stags).
- In Serbian, October is called oktobar/октобар
- In Slovak, October is called október
- In Spanish, October is called "octubre".
- In Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and German, October is called Oktober.
- In Turkish, October is called Ekim, meaning "sowing" because of the sowing of wheat.
- In Welsh, October is called "Hydref", meaning "autumn".
- October in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
- October's birthstone is the opal or tourmaline.
- October's flower is the calendula or cosmos.
- The month October has become famous as "Red October", due to the Russian October revolution of 1917, although in the modern Gregorian calendar, the revolution started in November.
- In the nineteenth century, the month of October was dedication to devotion to the rosary in Roman Catholic countries.
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