In this article, you can see the names and significance of some of the most important November holidays. The article presents all types of November celebrations, from religious holidays, to national holidays, to fun November holidays.
What Day Is Today’s November Holiday?
|1||All Saints Day||US||Religious||A day to celebrate all saints, known and unknown.|
|2||Day of the Dead||Mexico||Religious||Marks the end of Oktoberfest.|
|11||Veterans Day/Remembrance Day||International||National||Remembering military veterans.|
|16||International Day for Tolerance||International||Cause||Raising awarness for need for tolerance.|
|22||Thanksgiving||US||Religious/National||US Americans give thanks for a bountiful harvest|
|23||Black Friday||International||Shopping||Stores have sales in preparation for Christmas|
|26||Cyber Monday||International||Shopping||A response to Black Friday, a day in which online shops offers and deals and discounts.|
|27||Giving Tuesday||International||Charity||People are encourage to donate and give back to their community.|
What is the Meaning of November Holidays?
On November 1st, many Catholics celebrate All Saints Day. It is a day in which to celebrate all saints, no matter how minor, both known and unknown. It is also a day of remembering all saints who do not have a clear holiday.
In Mexico, November 2nd marks the Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos. Some scholars trace the origins of this holiday back to Aztec times. The celebration often lasts more than one day, with family members gathering at cemeteries to bring offerings to the loved ones who have passed away. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated with feasts and colorful parades.
On the 11th of November, many countries celebrate some version of Veterans Day or Remembrance Day. The 11th of November strictly speaking, marks Armistice Day, or in other words, the day World War I ended. While in the beginning, this day was an occassion to commemorate those who gave their lives during World War I, the 11th of November gradually became a day in which to commemorate all war veterans. Each country has its own way of remembering their veterans, but generally parades are organized, as well as speeches and visits to gravesites. Wearing poppies is common throughout the Commonwealth, including Canada.
International Day of Tolerance is a special observance day created by the United Nations. It is always celebrated on November 16th. On this day, NGOs, as well as private spokespeople, send a message of peace and tolerance, and encouragen better understading among people.
Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the most iconic American holidays. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of Noveber in the US, and as such, it does not have a fixed date. On this day, Americans give thanks to the Lord for a bountiful year. It is usually celebrated with a dinner, which almost always includes turkey, corn, pumpking pie and cranberry sauce. It is also an occassion on which families come together.
Black Friday has become an increasingly popular holiday throughout the world. It is usually celebrated on the first day following Thanksgiving. However, in recent years, Black Friday sales are no longer limited just to this day. It is regarded as the first day of the Christmas shopping seasons. Stores usually offer deals and sales, to encourage shoppers to spend.
Cyber Monday came as a response to Black Friday. As the name implies, it is the first Monday following Black Friday. The term was invented to encourage people to shop online, rather than in traditional brick-and-mortar shops. In truth, most shops that have online stores will have sales online as well as offline. However, these deals may differ.
Giving Tuesday is not strictly speaking a holiday, but more of a movement. It is always observed on the Tuesday immediatly after Cyber Monday. The idea behind this holiday is to offset Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is day on which everyone is encouraged to donate, share and give back to their community.
Any November Holidays Missing?
What holidays do you believe should be included in the November holiday roster? Which November celebrations do you look forward to and how do you plan on celebrating? Let us know in the comments!