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October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the sixth month to have the length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”) after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans. In Ancient Rome, one of three Mundus patet would take place on October 5, Meditrinalia October 11, Augustalia on October 12, October Horse on October 15, and Armilustrium on October 19. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar. Among the Anglo-Saxons, it was known as Winterfylleth, because at this full moon (fylleth) winter was supposed to begin.

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and spring in the Southern hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

Non-Gregorian observances, 2017

(please note that all Jewish observances, which are set by the Hebrew calendar, begin at sunset the day prior to the date listed and end on the sunset of the date in question)

Month-long observances

United Kingdom

United States

The last two to three weeks in October (and, occasionally, the first week of November) are the only time of the year during which each of the “Big Four” major North American professional sports leagues schedule games; the National Basketball Association begins its preseason and about two weeks later starts the regular season, the National Hockey League is about one month into its regular season, the National Football League is about halfway through its regular season, and Major League Baseball is in its postseason with the League Championship Series and World Series. (Additionally, the Canadian Football League is typically nearing the end of its regular season during this period, while Major League Soccer is beginning the MLS Cup Playoffs.)

United States, Health-related
United States, Culinary

Movable observances, 2017 dates

First Full Week: October 1-7

First Sunday: October 1

First Monday: October 2

First Tuesday: October 3

First Wednesday: October 4

First Thursday: October 5

First Friday: October 6

Week of October 9: October 8-14

Week of October 10: October 8-14

Second Sunday: October 8

Second Monday: October 9

Wednesday of second full week in October: October 11

Second Wednesday: October 11

Second Thursday: October 12

Second Friday: October 13

Friday falling on 13th: October 13

Second Saturday: October 14

Third Sunday: October 15

Third Monday: October 16

Work day closest to October 16: October 16

  • Boss’s Day (United States, Canada, Lithuania and Romania)

Third Thursday: October 19

Third Saturday: October 21

Week of Fourth Wednesday: October 22-28

Second to last Sunday: October 22

Fourth Monday: October 23

Fourth Wednesday: October 25

Last Friday: October 27

Fourth Saturday: October 28

Saturday closest to October 26: October 28

Last Sunday: October 29

Last Monday: October 30

Fixed observances

Miscellaneous

October symbols

October Star Stones:

  • Libra (Sept. 22 to Oct. 22)

Planetary Stone: Sapphire; Lucky Charms: Opal, Sardonyx, Chrysolite; birthstone: pink Tourmaline, Opal

Planetary Stone: Garnet, Ruby; Lucky Charms: Aquamarine, Beryl

  • October Lokesh birthstone is roser.
  • October Mystical birthstone is Jasper.
  • October Ayurvedic Birthstone is Opal.

 

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