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.
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.
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.
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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.
Watch: Globe Trekker – Cameroon
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.
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,
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.
Download: Empire Builders – Spanish Empire
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!
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!
Watch: Bazaar – Sicily
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.
Download: Globe Trekker – Ultimate India
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.
Watch: Global LA – Haunted
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