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October is the tenth month of the year on the Julian Calendar. The month of October has 31 days.
In the United States, October is associated with Halloween (October 31st), as well as a popular German celebration called Oktoberfest.
In American culture, the month of October is also observed as German-American Heritage Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, Filipino-American History Month, Polish-American Heritage Month, and LGBT History Month.
The official birthstone for the month of October is the opal (pictured above), which is thought to have the power to predict illness, due to its natural heat sensitivity.
The only U.S. State admitted to the Union during the month of October was Nevada.
America's biggest celebration during the month of October takes place on Halloween.
The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
So, on the night of October 31st, Celts held a celebration in which they wore costumes and told fortunes.
As Christianity spread throughout Europe, November 1st became known as All Saints Day. On that day, a mass was performed called 'All hallows mass.'
The night before the All Saints Day mass became known as All Hallows E'en. The name was eventually simplified to "Halloween."
In America, the holiday known as Halloween became more commercialized during the 20th century, as manufacturers began mass producing Halloween costumes in the 1930s.
Trick-or-treating became a popular Halloween activity sometime in the 1950s.
In various parts of Mexico, the people hold an annual celebration called El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). It starts on the evening of October 31.
It is believed that orange and black became Halloween colors because orange is associated with harvests and black is associated with death.
A pumpkin is a kind of squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber. In recipes Pumpkins are used for making pies, mostly.
Ninety-nine out of a hundred pumpkins sold in America are used as Jack O' Lanterns for Halloween.
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