OCTOBER FUN FACTSWe all know Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, but what other interesting facts do you know about the Fall Month that begins to usher in the change of seasons? Sure some people also realize Columbus Day is in October and many cities across America hold big celebrations and parades.
But what trivial, yet interesting facts do you know about October?
October comes from the Latin word octo which means eight. In ancient Rome, October was the eighth month of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the tenth month of the year but it has retained it's original name.
The birthstones for October are opal and tourmaline. Opals are considered to be the traditional birthstone and they symbolize hope. Tourmaline is the modern birthstone for October. Both gemstones come in a wide variety of colors and are known for displaying multiple colors within the same stone.
The flower for the month of October is the calendula. Another name for calendula is the pot marigold. They are easy to grow and popular in gardens. Colors range from pale yellow to deep orange. The calendula symbolizes sorrow or sympathy.
Libra and Scorpio are the astrological signs for October. Birthdays from October 1st through the 22nd fall under the sign of Libra while birthdays that fall on the 23rd through the 31st are under the sign of Scorpio.
Did you realize Dayight Savings Time ends every year at 2:00 A.M. local time on the last Sunday of October?
October folklore tell us that when deer are in a gray coat in the month of October, expect a hard winter. It also says that if we have much rain in October, we will have much wind in December and if we have a warn October, we can expect a cold February.
More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter
October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, Children’s Health Month,Class Reunion Month, Frugal Fun Month, National Crime Prevention Month, Family Health Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Positive Attitude Month, National Cookie Month, National Seafood Month – National Dessert & Cookie Month – National Popcorn & Popcorn Poppin’ Month – National Pretzel Month – National Pork Month – National Stamp Collecting Month and National Chili Month.
And…October is a great month to paint your own masterpiece.