Monthly Events/Holidays October

Columbus Day
Source: Embassy of the United States of America
There is still controversy over who “discovered” America, but certainly over 500 years ago Christopher Columbus undertook a voyage that marked modern Europe’s engagement with the American continents. This site discusses that historic voyage and the American holiday that commemorates it.

Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows
Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
“Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays” (LOC) This page contains a brief history of Halloween and the origins of some holiday traditions. (Also see the upcoming article on October 5 about the History of Halloween)

El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead (also known as All Soul’s Day), is an important holiday to Mexican and Hispanic-American communities in the United States. Celebrated from October 31 to November 2, the Day of the Dead honors ancestors and loved ones who have died. Families create altars, called “ofrendas,” to honor the deceased. Find more information in SIRS Knowledge Source.