October 12th - Holidays and Observances
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- Christian feast day:
- Children's Day (Brazil)
Discovery of America by Columbus-related observances (see also October 8😞
- Columbus Day (Honduras)
- Día de la Hispanidad or Fiesta Nacional de España, also Armed Forces Day (Spain)
- Día de la Raza (El Salvador, Uruguay)
- Día de la Resistencia Indígena, "Day of Indigenous Resistance" (Venezuela)
- Día de las Américas (Belize)
- Día de las Culturas, "Day of the Cultures" (Costa Rica)
- Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural, "Day of respect for cultural diversity" (Argentina)
- Discovery Day (The Bahamas, Colombia)
- Feast for Life of Aleister Crowley, celebrated as "Crowleymas" (Thelema)
- Fiesta Nacional de España (Spain)
- Freethought Day
- Independence Day (Equatorial Guinea), celebrates the independence of Equatorial Guinea from Spain in 1968.
- International Day Against DRM
Observances (click on the day for details)
Fun Observances (2)
Old Farmers Day
October 12 is Old Farmers Day, a day devoted to old farmers and their farming techniques.
Agriculture and farming today is largely mechanized and very scientific, but these developments would not have been possible without the wisdom and hard work of old farmers. This day is to give them thanks, to listen to them and to their stories, and to learn from them and their techniques.
While the origins of the holiday are unknown, Old Farmers Day is celebrated by many as a throwback to sustainable and farm-to-table farming practices of the old days.
Varied Culture and History
Farming and agriculture have a long and varied history in every culture. Despite the differences on what is grown, how farming is done and what materials are used, one thing remains common to all agricultural societies - the farmer. Farmers are the lifeline of agriculture - they tend to the agricultural product from the time of sowing to the time it reaches the market. It is because of hardworking farmers around the world, that most of us have food on our tables every day.
How to Celebrate?
- Learn about old farming techniques.
- If you own a farm, farm today using old farmers tools.
- If you have an old farmer in your life, take them out for lunch and listen to their stories and ask for their wisdom.
- Not a farmer? That shouldn't stop you from celebrating this fun holiday. Visit your local farmer's market and patronize your local farms. Buy only locally grown food and locally raised meat. Get involved in your local farm-to-table movement.
Did You Know...
...that according to scientists, almost 40% of the Earth's land is used for agricultural purposes?
Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of October.
Named after Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, the day not only commemorates the lives of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but also encourages girls and young women to enter careers in these fields.
Any Date in October
Ada Lovelace Day began in 2009 after an extensive online campaign in the United Kingdom. About 2000 people blogged about women in sciences and technology on March 24, 2009, a practice that has since become an Ada Lovelace Day tradition. There is no fixed date for Ada Lovelace Day. According to the organizers of the day, the choice of the date for the day is arbitrary.
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on his calculating engine, called the Analytical Engine. Her plan to calculate Bernoulli numbers using the engine is now widely considered as the world's first computer program.
In 1980, the United States Department of Defense created a programming language and named it Ada in honor of Ada Lovelace's contribution to the world of computing.
How to Celebrate
- Honor the women in your life who are in the STEM fields.
- Encourage the young girls in your life to pursue one of the STEM fields as a career.
- Buy the young girls in your life science kits, building games and books that make them interested in science.
- Read more about women scientists and their contribution to the world.
Did You Know…
…that Mary Shaw became the first woman to get a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972?
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