October Calendar of Holidays & Observances

October 1
-Cyprus Independence Day. Cyprus became independent from the British in 1960 after Cyprus won full sovereignty from Britain.
-Nigeria Independence Day. On this day in 1960, Africa’s largest and most populous country gained independence from the United Kingdom.
-Palau Independence Day. After eight referenda and an amendment to the Palauan constitution, the Compact was ratified in 1993. The Compact went into effect on 1 October 1994, making Palau de jure independent.
-Tuvalu Independence Day. The Ellice Islands became a separate British dependency in October 1975, and gained independence as Tuvalu on 1 October 1978.

October 2
-Guinea Independence Day. In 1958, Guinea became independent, with Sekou Touré as the new country’s first president.

October 3
-German Unity Day. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified, so that for the first time since 1945 there existed a single German nation state.

October 4
-Lesotho Independence Day. Basutoland became independent and changed its name to Lesotho.

October 5
-World Teachers’ Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

October 6
-National Noodle Day. Celebration of doodles in the United States.

October 7
-International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. The day is one of the ways to educate people about TN.

October 8
-Croatia Independence Day. It celebrates the unanimous decision of the Croatian Parliament to declare the independence of Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

October 9
-Uganda Independence Day. It celebrates Uganda’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.

October 10
-World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

October 11
-International Day of the Girl Child. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

October 12
-Freethought Day. It is the annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.

October 13
-International Day for Disaster Reduction. It encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations.

October 14
-World Standards Day
The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations.

October 15
-Global Handwashing Day. It is a campaign to motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their handwashing habits.

October 16
-World Food Day. It is celebrated in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.

October 17
-International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear.

October 18
-Azerbaijan Independence Day. On October 18, 1991, the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan adopted a Constitutional Act on the Declaration of Independence of Azerbaijan.

October 19
-National LGBT Center Awareness Day. CenterLink holds a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBT community centers everywhere.

October 20
-World Statistics Day. It was celebrated for the first time on 20 October 2010 worldwide. World Statistics Day is celebrated every five years.

October 21
-International Day of the Nacho. In Ignacio Anaya’s honor, a bronze plaque was erected in Piedras Negras, and October 21 was declared the International Day of the Nacho.

October 22
-International Stuttering Awareness Day. The day is intended to raise public awareness of the millions of people who have the speech disorder of stuttering.

October 23
-Mole Day. It is celebrated among chemists, chemistry students and chemistry enthusiasts on October 23, between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m.

October 24
-Zambia Independence Day. Zambia became independence from the United Kingdom in 1964

October 25
-Sourest Day. The day was established to celebrate all the sour things in the world,

October 26
-Intersex Awareness Day. It is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.

October 27
-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day. St. Vincent and the Grenadines became independence from the United Kingdom in 1979.
-Turkmenistan Independence Day. The Supreme Soviet of Turkmenistan effectively declared its independence on 27 October 1991.

October 28
-International Animation Day. It was proclaimed in 2002 by the ASIFA as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation.

October 29
-World Stroke Day. It is a campaign to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.

October 30
-International Orthopaedic Nurses Day. It is celebrated by the orthopaedic nurses around the world.

October 31
-World Savings Day. It was established on October 31, 1924, during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks) in Milan, Italy.