October 9th - Holidays and Observances
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- Christian feast day:
- Fire Prevention Day (Canada, United States)
- Hangul Day (South Korea)
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Uganda from United Kingdom in 1962. (Uganda)
- Independence of Guayaquil from Spain in 1820 (Ecuador)
- Leif Erikson Day (United States, Iceland and Norway)
- National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust (Romania)
- National Nanotechnology Day (United States)
- Takayama Autumn Festival (Takayama, Japan)
- World Post Day
- Indian Foreign Service Day
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Fun Observances (2)
Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the First Quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the Quarter Moon between September and October.
Created in 1973
Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. The unofficial holiday is an attempt to raise the interest of the general public in astronomy by giving them easy access to astronomical instruments such as telescopes.
The holiday also seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by giving the public a chance to interact with astronomers and space scientists.
Observe the Sky
On the day, museums, observatories, universities, and astronomy clubs around the world set up easily accessible telescopes in public spaces including schools, parks, and shopping malls to allow people to observe the skies during the day and night. Other events include lectures and conferences, educational outreach, exhibitions, and essay competitions.
An Ancient Science
Studied since ancient times, the field of astronomy originated and evolved over millennia due to the need for humans to understand the history and science of the Earth and to comprehend the causes of celestial events.
Until very recently, astronomy and astrology were seen as related fields of study. It was only in the 17th century that they separated ways. Today, astrology is seen as a field that deals with spirituality rather than science.
How to Celebrate?
- Attend a local Astronomy Day event. Bring family and friends with you and spend some time gazing at the sky through the lenses of a telescope.
- Learn more about astronomy and how to study it as an amateur astronomer. You can start here.
- If you have children in your life, today is the perfect day to introduce them to the magic of astronomy. Who knows, they may grow up to become the next Carl Sagan or Carolyn Shoemaker!
Did You Know...
...that we can actually see the past? Light from distant stars take a very long time to reach the Earth, so when we look at a star through a telescope we are looking at the light that left the star several hundred, thousands or even million years ago!
Curious Events Day
Love conspiracy theories? Enjoy pondering about bizarre events that seem to have no explanations? Then Curious Events Day, a made-up holiday celebrated every year on October 9, is just the holiday you need to celebrate!
While the origins of this curious holiday are unknown, we suspect that the creators of this day wanted people to stop worrying about the small things in life and focus their attention on all the inexplicable, baffling and peculiar mysteries of the world.
Small or Big Events
Life is full of curious events - big and small. Like for example, where do all those socks disappear to after doing laundry, or why do people open their mouths when applying mascara? Some mysteries have occupied curious and adventurous minds around the world. These include: Who made the stonehenge and for what purpose? Does Bigfoot exist and can ghosts communicate with humans? And then there are the bigger, more philosophical mysteries of life - like what happens when we die or what is what is beyond the edge of the universe?
How to Celebrate?
No matter what kind of curious events interest you, Curious Events Day is a holiday to spend some time being inquisitive about the world around you.
- Read or watch documentaries about some of the more famous curious incidents and events that have happened in the history of humankind – disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, sightings of the Yeti and the Loch Ness monster, crop circles, UFO sightings in Roswell.
- Become a sleuth yourself and try to find explanations of curious events that intrigue you.
Did You Know...
...that the English language idiom curiosity killed the cat, means that getting curious and prying into other people's affairs can get one into trouble?
Q: What’s the technical name for a pot of coffee at work?
A: Break fluid
Q: If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one?
When a Butterball Talk-Line staffer asked a caller what state her turkey was in (meaning how thawed was it) the caller responded with, “Florida.”
A gentleman called Butterball's Thanksgiving Turkey Talk-Line to tell the operator he cut his turkey in half with a chain saw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the turkey.
One caller to Butterball's Thanksgiving Turkey Talk-Line had always cut the legs off the turkey before putting it in the oven, thinking that was how you had to cook a turkey. She later learned that the only reason her mom had been doing that was because their oven had been so small that that was the only way to get the bird into the oven!
Edited by sandrewn