November acquired its name from the Latin term “novem” which means nine (it was the ninth month of the Old Roman Calendar). In terms of holidays, November is best known for two major ones in the U. S., Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.

However, November is actually filled with a number of different holidays and observances that makes this one of the most special months of the year. As a prelude to the holidays in December, November acts as a gateway to the winter holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving

All Saints Day – November 1st

Recognizing all of the Saints of the Christian Church, many of whom were martyrs to the cause of Christianity, the Catholic church sets aside this day to remember the over 10,000 saints that are officially recognized for their works. Originally, All Saints Day was held in May, but it was moved to November 1st in order to help downplay the Pagan recognition of All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween.

Veteran’s Day – November 11th

Originally called Armistice Day in remembrance of the end of the Great War on November 11th, 1918, it was changed in 1954 to Veteran’s Day by President Eisenhower in honor of all those who had paid service and died in all wars. The actual tradition of remembering this day came in 1921 when on November 11th at 11:11 both the US and England buried an unknown soldier from the Great War. The tradition of remembering this day continues as work is stopped for a moment of silence.

Sadie Hawkins Day – November 13th

A holiday that originated from a very popular cartoon series “Lil Abner” by Al Capp, Sadie Hawkins Day was held by the Mayor of Dogpatch to try and marry off his less that pleasing-looking daughter. A race is held on this day where the women chase the men and any they can catch must marry them. For many years, Sadie Hawkins Day was recognized in towns and communities across the U. S., but its popularity has faded over time. Still, many college campuses will hold a “Sadie Hawkins” dance or other celebration.

Thanksgiving – Fourth Thursday in November

Certainly one of the most popular holidays, despite being between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving celebrates the first large feast between the Pilgrims and Indians back in 1621. While the original feast lasted three days, today we only have a one day version of this holiday. This is a time of lavish turkey meals and family reunions.

Originally, Thanksgiving was celebrated in late September or early October in time for the harvest season. But in 1941 Congress made it a national holiday and set it to the fourth Thursday in November.

These are generally considered the most recognizable holidays in November, though there are plenty of others in this month as well.


List of November Holidays
November 1

All Saints’ Day
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of The Dead)
Extra Mile Day
Give Up Your Shoulds Day
International Games Day (1st Saturday)
National Authors’ Day
National Family Caregiver Day
National Family Literacy Day
National Go Cook For Your Pets Day
Prime Meridian Day
Sadie Hawkins Day (First Saturday)
Digital Scrapbooking Day (First Saturday)
World Vegan Day

November 2

All Souls Day
Cookie Monster Day
Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back)
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Zero Tasking Day (First Sunday)

November 3

Cliché Day
Fill Our Staplers Day
Jellyfish Day
Sandwich Day
Traffic Directors Day  (First  Monday)
Job Action Day   (First Monday)

November 4

Election Day
National Chicken Lady Day
Use Your Common Sense Day

November 5

National Buffalo Gal Night
Aardvark versus Platypus Day

November 6

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
National Men Make Dinner Day  (First  Thursday)
Saxophone Day

November 7

National Gin Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
National Medical Science Liaison Awareness & Appreciation Day (First Friday)
National Walk To Work Day  (First Friday)

November 8

Abet and Aid Punsters Day
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
Domino Day  (2nd Friday)
Dunce Day
National Parents As Teachers Day
X-ray Day

November 9

World Freedom Day

November 10

Area Code Day
International Tongue Twister Day  (2nd Sunday)
Marine Corps Birthday
Sesame Street Day
World Orphans Day (2nd Monday)
World Science Day for Peace and Development

November 11

Death/Duty Day1
National Young Reader’s Day (2nd Tuesday)
Origami Day
Veteran’s Day

November 12

Baha’u’llah Day
Teach a Man to Fish Day

November 13

World Kindness Day
International Skipping Day

November 14

International Girls Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
National Pickle Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
Spirit of NSA (National Speakers Association) Day
World Diabetes Day

November 15

America Recycles Day
Hat Day
I Love to Write Day
National Bundt Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Day of Play (3rd Saturday)
National Philanthropy Day
Playmobil’s National Day of Play  (3rd Saturday)
Guinness World Record Day  (Third Saturday)
Rock Your Mocs Day

November 16

International Day for Tolerance
National Button Day
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims  (3rd Sunday)

November 17

Homemade Bread Day
National Unfriend Day
Petroleum Day
World Prematurity Awareness Day

November 18

European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Married To A Scorpio Support Day
National Entrepreneurship Day (Third Tuesday)
Mickey Mouse Day

November 19

American Made Matters Day
Equal Opportunity Day (or Gettysburg Address Day)
GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)   (3rd Wednesday)
Have A Bad Day Day
International Men’s Day
National Educational Support Professionals Day (Wednesday of week before Thanksgiving)
Rocky and Bullwinkle Day
World Toilet Day

November 20

African Industrialization Day
Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day
Great American Smokeout   (Thursday before Thanksgiving)
Name Your PC Day
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Universal Children’s Day
Use Less Stuff Day  (Thursday of Week Before Thanksgiving)

November 21

Alascattalo Day
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
World Hello Day
World Television Day

November 22

Humane Society Anniversary Day
Family Volunteer Day (Saturday Before Thanksgiving)
International Aura Awareness Day  (4th Saturday)
National Adoption Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
National Survivors of Suicide Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)

November 23

Doctor Who Day
Fibonacci Day
International Image Consultant Day
Mother Goose Da3   (Sunday Before Thanksgiving)

November 24

Confucius Say Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
D. B. Cooper Day

November 25

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
International Hat Day
Shopping Reminder Day

November 26

Tie One On Day (Day Before Thanksgiving)
International Selfie Day

November 27

Thanksgiving Day
National Day of Listening
National Day of Mourning (Thanksgiving Day )
Turkey-free Thanksgiving

November 28

Black Friday
Buy Nothing Day (First Shopping Day After Thanksgiving)
Flossing Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
Maize Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
National Day of Listening (Day after Thanksgiving)
National Native American Heritage Day  (Day After Thanksgiving)
Sinkie Day (eating over the kitchen sink)
You’re Welcomegiving Day  (Day After Thanksgiving)

November 29

Electronic Greetings Day
International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
National Day of Giving  (Last Saturday)
Small Business Saturday (Saturday After Thanksgiving)
Square Dancing Day

November 30

Computer Security Day
National Meth Awareness Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


Rumor Has It …

… that one holiday was dropped from both the Julian and Gregorian calendars when Caesar said it was too supercilious and silly for public consumption. And that holiday was Amish Surfing Day.


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