Today is All Saints Day, the feast celebrated on November 1 in Western Christianity, honoring all the saints, known and unknown.
It's also the first day of celebration The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish), a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada.
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
According to the Gregorian calendar, November is the eleventh month of the year. In the early Roman calendar, it was the ninth month. The Roman Senate elected to name the eleventh month for Tiberus Caesar, and since Augustus time, it has had only 30 days. Originally, there were 30 days, then 29, then 31. This is what comes from too much of a good time - poor calendar making.
November's Birthstone is the Topaz or Citrine.
November's Flower is the Chrysanthemum.
November comes between the fall and winter months. The leaves are almost completely gone from the trees, and the rest have lost most of their color. The Anglo-Saxons referred to November as the 'wind month' and the 'blood month' - probably because this is the month they killed their animals for food.
Lots of activities come to a halt in November. The crops have been harvested and either put in storage, or sent to processing plants or mills. Farmers already know if their year has been successful or not. Football is the main sport of the month. The weather is usually beautiful for this kind of sport.
Adoption Awareness Month, Alzheimer's Disease Month, Apple Month, Aviation History Month, Child Safety and Protection Month, Christmas Seals Month, Diabetes Month, International Drum Month, Epilepsy Month, Hospice Month, Native-American Heritage Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Real Jewelry Month (and not Real Jewry Month) and Sleep Comfort Month.
Oh yeah, Thanksgiving occurs during November as well.
Today in History November 1, 79 -
Pompeii, vacation playground for the Roman Empire is buried by Mt Vesuvius (I'm going with the controversial date.)
I can't keep repeating this - throwing any old whore into the lava pits will not appease the gods.
Mars needs women and Mountain gods want sacrificial VIRGINS not some skank.
November 1, 1512 -
Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) finally stops milking the job and the Sistine Chapel ceiling is finally exhibited to public.
This was a very big day for William Shakespeare. On November 1, 1604, his tragedy Othello is first presented.
On November 1, 1611, his romantic comedy The Tempest is first presented.
November 1, 1870 -
In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast -
darkness approaching as night falls with a gradual increase of daylight as dawn comes on in the morning.
November 1, 1896 -
A picture showing the unclad (bare) breasts of a (Zulu) woman appears in National Geographic magazine for the first time,
starting a trend of providing masturbation material to youth for decades.
November 1, 1939 -
A rabbit that was born of artificial insemination is shown to the world.
History does not record why anyone felt that rabbits needed any help in the procreation department.
November 1, 1951 -
US Soldiers are exposed to an atomic explosion for the first time in training exercises, at Desert Rock, Nevada.
Participation was not voluntary and served both to train and indoctrinate.
And so it goes.