Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lots more in October besides Halloween

Civil War Adm. David Farragut
Farragut's father was a native of Minorca, Spain.
(Image obtained from Wikipedia.)
Yeah, we all know Halloween comes in October. And that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

But what else is observed in the month to come?

Well, National Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15 (it began on September 15).

And lots of other ethnic groups celebrate in October as well: It's German-American Heritage Month (even though most "Oktoberfests" are already over by the time October starts), Italian-American Heritage Month (oh, yeah, Columbus Day, right?), and Polish American Heritage Month. Thinking about all these ethnic observances makes it easy to understand why October has been designated Global Diversity Awareness Month.

Sure, October is National Pumpkin Month -- that's an obvious Halloween tie-in. But there are some tie-ins that are more subtle: October is National Dental Hygiene Month and National Orthodontic Month.

OK, not that much more subtle.

And there's lots more to celebrate in October. It's Country Music Month and Family History Month. It's National Bullying Prevention Month and National Cyber Security Month.

October is also International Dinosaur Month. Pick a different dinosaur to celebrate every day this month.

They won't mind.

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