WOW: What’s On Where In October

There is something to celebrate in all corners of the world in the month of October. Join us as we explore all the fun to be had across the globe!

WOW: What's On Where In October

National Day of the People’s Republic of China, 1 October

The PRC turns 70 on the 1st of October, with  big celebrations expected in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a grand gathering to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago on 1 October. A military parade and mass pageantry will be held following the gathering, followed by a grand evening gala in Tian’anmen Square with  performances and a fireworks show.

Chinese New Year

Read: Altered States – The Chinese Diaspora

Read: Study Guide – The Chinese Revolution

Buy: Globe Trekker – China & Beijing Double DVD

Watch: Globe Trekker – Chinatown

International Coffee Day, 1 October

International Coffee Day brings together coffee lovers in a global celebration to share their love of coffee and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on it. This year, the International Coffee Organization is working to highlight the plight of coffee farmers, the threat they are facing to their livelihoods and the need to take collective action. While the price of a cup of coffee in your local café has never been higher, the amount that coffee farmers are paid for the beans they produce is at an all time low.

Coffee berries

Read: Fair Trade: Working on a Nicaraguan Coffee Farm

Read: Travel Writers: Coffee Culture

Buy: Coffee the Drink that Changed America DVD

Watch: The Story of Coffee

Gandhi born 150 years ago, 2 October

Mahatma Gandhi was an anti-colonial nationalist lawyer who used non-violent resistence to bring an end to British rule in India. Mahatma is an honorific title used in place of Gandhi’s first name the wold over, for his work in liberating India from outside rule. His actual given name was in fact Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Gandhi, thornet_, Flickr Creative Commons

Gandhi, thornet_, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: Study Guide – The Indian Diaspora

Watch: Tough Trains – India’s Independence Railroads

Buy: Globe Trekker – The Rise & Fall of the British Raj

Download: Empire Builders – The British Empire

World Habitat Day, 7 October

United Nations World Habitat Day is coming up on the 7th October. The day, which has been celebrated globally since 1986, aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations. This year, Cameroon is the hosting nation and the theme will be on responsible concrete initiatives and urban planning, as well as sustainable development.

Cameroon, Photo RNW.org, Flickr Creative Commons

Cameroon, Photo RNW.org, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: Earth Day: 8 Destinations That Have Sustainability In Mind

Watch: Globe Trekker – Cameroon

Buy: Volcanoes & Extreme Landscapes DVD

Yom Kippur, 8 – 9 October

The holiest day in the Jewish calendar and falling at the beginning of the Jewish new year, Yom Kippur is a day of atonemant and repentence and is observed with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer which seals your fate for the coming year.

Synagogue, Steven Lilley, Flickr Creative Commons

Synagogue, Steven Lilley, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: The Jewish Community of Los Angeles

Read: Study Guide: The Jewish Diaspora

Watch: Globe Trekker – Israel & The Sinai Desert

Buy: Globe Trekker – Holy Lands Part 1 & 2 DVD

Canadian Thanksgiving, 14 October

Monday October 14th is Canadian Thanksgiving day, where Canadians celebrate and give thanks to the bountiful harvest of the year passed. Thanksgiving in Canada is always on the second Monday of October,

Thanksgiving Sunset, Chris Sorge, Flickr Creative Commons

Thanksgiving Sunset, Chris Sorge, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: The Top 10 Things To See & Do In Canada

Buy: Globe Trekker – Canada Double DVD

Columbus Day, 14 October

Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ arrival to the Americas in October 1492. Though controversial today due to questions of territory and belonging, the Age of Exploration is still considered a pivotal moment in the history of human-kind and is widely considered to be the first era of globalisation, a phenomenon which we are all familiar with today.

Christopher Columbus, Matt Brown, Flickr Creative Commons

Christopher Columbus, Matt Brown, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: Great Explorers: The Americas

Download: Empire Builders – Spanish Empire

Buy: Pirates, Galleons & Treasure DVD

Major League Baseball Series, 22 October

The champion team from both the American League and the National League go head to head in a 7-part best-of game of baseball for the title of Major League Baseball champions. Keep an eye on the MLB website for regular updates!

Baseball Tiltshift, Paul Horner, Flickr Creative Commons

Baseball Tiltshift, Paul Horner, Flickr Creative Commons

Website: Major League Basketball Official Page

World Pasta Day, 25 October

World Pasta Day has been celebrated on 25 October every year since 1998. Pasta and the Mediterranean Diet was awarded the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015. Pasta is nutritious, sustainable, affordable, versatile and delicious. We love it, and will definitely be making the most of the event this month!

Pasta a la Sarde (2)

Read: Corsica, Sicily and Sardinia: Speciality Foods

Watch: Bazaar – Sicily

Buy: Globe Trekker – Italy & Rome DVD Bundle

Diwali, 25-29 October

Diwali, sometimes known as Deepavali, is the biggest festival in the Hindu calendar, and is held in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. The main celebrations take place on the 3rd day of celebrations which this falls on October 27th.  Diwali is celebrated in India and throughout the world’s Indian diaspora communities and is also celebrated widely by Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Expect to see fireworks – the vast display of lights and sparkle in the sky symbolic of offsetting the start of a long winter.

Diwali, Simon Fraser University, Flickr Creative Commons

Diwali, Simon Fraser University, Flickr Creative Commons

Read: The Top 10 Things To See & Do In South India

Download: Globe Trekker – Ultimate India

Buy: Globe Trekker – India Double DVD

Halloween, 31 October

Halloween falls on the eve of  the Christian festival of All hallows day, otherwise known as All Saints Day. It’s roots are believed to be in Ancient harvest festivals, particularly the ancient Celtic festival of Sahmain. Ancient customs include the custom of ‘souling’ (dressing as a soul and asking rich people for soul-cakes) and ‘guising’ (being disguised and going from door to door for food and coins). Today, Halloween is widely celebrated in a similar manner by children across the western world, and has become a huge commercial opportunity for business selling sweet treats, costumes and decorations.

Boo Lefou and his Pumpkin, DaPuglet, Flickr Creative Commons

Boo Lefou and his Pumpkin, DaPuglet, Flickr Creative Commons

Watch: Global LA – Haunted

Read: Prince of Darkness: The Real Count Dracula

Read: Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem

Main Image: Diwali, Simon Fraser University, Flickr Creative Commons

Related Content