October is Black History Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month and Global Diversity Awareness Month.

DateNational Day
01-Oct Black History Month (1-31 Oct)
01-Oct International Day of Older Persons
02-Oct International Day of Non-Violence
02-Oct Feast of the Guardian Angels - Christian
04-Oct Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Day - Christian
04-Oct Blessing of the Animals - Christian
07-Oct Navaratri - Hindu holiday
08-Oct World Sight Day
09-Oct Birthday of Guru Ram Das - Sikh
10-Oct World Mental Health Day
11-Oct International Day of the Girl Child
14-Oct Dussehra - Hindu holiday
15-Oct International Day of Rural Women
16-Oct World Food Day
17-Oct International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18-Oct Saint Luke, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
18-Oct World Menopause Day
19-Oct Milad un Nabi - Muslim
24-Oct United Nations' Day
26-Oct Intersex Awareness Day
29-Oct World Stroke Day
31-Oct All Hallows' Eve - Christian
31-Oct Samhain (Halloween) - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
31-Oct Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
31-Oct Daylight saving time ends
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Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month runs throughout October and celebrates the African diaspora including African-American history.

Find out more about how we're observing Black History MonthFind out more about how we're observing Black History Month