Most people adore the month of October. It filled with all the elements that make life fun. Pumpkin flavored foods and candy, dances, festivals, and parades, and most notably, Halloween. To avoid missing out on any of these festivities, you’ll need an October 2020 Calendar for all the planning.
We are offering printable October 2020 calendar for free in PDF and JPG for American citizens.
October 2020 Calendar
How to download October calendar?
We are offering free printable October 2020 calendar templates. These calendar templates are exclusively for the citizens of USA. The calendar system used in our October 2020 calendar is US calendar system. Therefore, Americans will have no problem in understanding the calendar. You can find the exact date of all the important holidays and observances in October 2020 in this calendar.
Downloading the October 2020 calendar template is very easy. It is available in two formats: JPG and PDF. Choose one format in which you want to save the calendar in your PC. Now, you can click on download to save October 2020 calendar in your computer. Anyone can follow this process and easily download any month’s calendar from this website.
The procedure to download the September 2020 calendar is also the same. Just go to the previous month calendar and download it in the same manner. If you want to download November 2020 calendar then go to the next month calendar section and download it after choosing the file format. All calendars on our website are free. You can download as many you want.
How do I print a calendar for October 2020?
After downloading the October 2020 calendar, the next thing you will need to do is print it. For printing, you will require a printer. Connect the printer with your PC. Now, go to the saved file in your computer and right-click on it. Click on “Print” to open the print page. Here, you can select the dimensions of your calendar. Click on “Print” and your printer will instantly print the October 2020 calendar in seconds. Whether you are an 8 years old or 60 years old, anyone can get their free calendar in their hands in no time from our website.
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Moon phases calendar for October 2020
One Lunar month is exactly 29.53 days. The length of a month in Gregorian calendar ranges from 28 to 31, while in the Lunar calendar, it’s either 29 days or 30 days. The length of each month completely depends upon the moon phases.
Each Lunar month see 4 different phases of moon. These 4 different phases are New moon phase, 1st quarter, full moon and then the 3rd quarter. The moon phases calendar for October 2020 is like this: Full moon on 1 Oct, 3rd Quarter on 9 Oct, New Moon on 16 Oct, 1st Quarter on 23 Oct and then Full moon again on 31 Oct.
What is the month of October?
The Eighth Became the Tenth
October is the 10th month of both Gregorian and Julian calendars. Earlier, it was the 8th month of year in the earliest versions of Roman calendars. During that time, calendar had only 10 months. March was the beginning month of year during that period. Later, January & February were added to the calendar. Around 450 BCE, January became the first month of year while February became the 2nd. Because of this major change, October became the 10th month of year from being the 8th. Since then, October has been the 10th month of calendar.
History of October
October is the 10th month of year in both Gregorian and Julian calendars. It has 31 days. The name of this month came from the Latin term Octo. It means Eighth in English. It’s because earlier it was the 8th month of calendar. It was named around 2000 years ago. Later, it became the 10th month but there was no change in the name. Hence, until today, we call it October.
October was always 31 days long. Length of the most of the months have been changed in history, but October did well to survive without any change in its length.
Fall and Spring Month
October is a very beautiful month. It’s the fall month in Northern Hemisphere while spring month in the Southern Hemisphere. April and October are each other’s seasonal equivalent in the opposite hemispheres. Fall season falls in April month in Southern Hemisphere while Spring season falls in October in Northern Hemisphere.
October is the 10th month of calendar with 31 days. It comes after September and before November. There are a total of 12 months in one Gregorian calendar year. Out of these 12, 7 are 31 days long. October is the 6th month with 31 days after the months: January, March, May, July, and August.
Both January and October starts on the same day of week in common years. While in Leap years, October doesn’t start on the same day of week as any other month. January, February, and October end on the same day of week in common years. While in leap years, February and October end on the same day of week.
The birth flower of October is Calendula. Opal is the birth stone of October. There is a popular belief that if someone who isn’t an October born wears Opal, the Opal will crack. Libra and Scorpio are the zodiac signs of October. Libra is until 22nd October while Scorpio starts from 23rd October onwards.
There are a number of festivals and observances in October 2020 in US. The most popular of these observances are Columbus Day and Halloween. Columbus day will be on 14 Oct, while Halloween will be on 31 Oct.
What are the holidays in October 2020?
Columbus Day in the United States
Columbus Day 2020 is a federal holiday in the United States held on the second Monday of October every year. The holiday recognizes the day when Christopher Columbus landed in America on October 12, 1492. Americans observe the holiday to honor Columbus for his discovery of the Americas, to celebrate Italian-American heritage, and most importantly, to recognize the significance of the day to the history of the United States.
Significance of Columbus Day 2020
First, Columbus Day commemorates the day Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. That day is a turning point in the history of the US. It led to the colonization of America by the Europeans: many people followed in the footsteps of Columbus, left their homelands and settled on what is now the US. In a nutshell, the day determined the United State’s culture, people and prosperity.
Secondly, Columbus Day recognizes the place of Native American communities in the history of the United States. Native Americans went through great suffering during the exploration and colonization of America. They suffered diseases, slavery, and genocide in the hands of the colonizers.
Thirdly, Columbus Day celebrates the rich Italian-American heritage that has been an important part of the US since the day Columbus discovered the New World. Columbus was an Italian sent by the Spanish royalty to find a shorter sea route to Asia. So Italian-Americans are especially proud of his achievement. They celebrate Columbus Day as the day when the good relationship between the United States and Italy was born.
Finally, Columbus Day is important to the Roman Catholic community as it recognizes the day when one of their own discovered the Americas. The arrival of Columbus in the Americas inspired Catholic missionaries on missions to mainland America, where they embarked on spreading Christianity.
History of Columbus Day
While the federal government legalized Columbus Day in 1937, some American communities began to celebrate the holiday as early as 1792. In fact, the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and the St. Tammany Society in New York marked the 300th celebration of Columbus Day in 1792. Italian-Americans first celebrated the holiday on October 12, 1866, in New York.
It was Angelo Neco, an Italian in Denver, who first lobbied for Columbus Day to become a legal holiday. His lobby led Colorado governor at the time, Jesse F. McDonald, to declare the first statewide Columbus Day holiday in 1905 in the state of Colorado. And in 1907, Colorado made the holiday a state holiday.
In the following two decades, Italian-American and Catholic communities continued to lobby the federal government to legalize Columbus Day across the United States. Notably, the Knights of Columbus and Generoso Pope, the Italian leader in New York, lobbied the government to legalize the holiday. Consequently, Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt announced October 12 of 1934 as a federal holiday.
For the next three years, Americans celebrated Columbus Day unofficially. But in 1937 the federal government finally made the holiday a federal holiday. Americans were to celebrate the holiday on October 12 every year.
But in 1971, the federal government changed the date of Columbus Day to the second Monday of October every year. Since then, federal agencies, government offices, and most public schools observe the holiday.
Traditions of Columbus Day
Even before the federal government legalized Columbus Day in 1937, Americans observed the day with numerous activities. The earliest traditions of Columbus Day were parades. People would march through cities and towns in colorful attire while others came out to watch the parades.
From the 19th century, church services became a key feature of the holiday after the Italian-Americans realized that Columbus was not just an explorer but also a Catholic. Naturally, the church events were common among the Italian-American and Catholic communities.
Americans also celebrate the holiday with patriotic marches in major cities and towns. The New York March is an excellent example. On Columbus Day, over 100 groups and more than 35,000 people march down Fifth Avenue singing patriotic songs and carrying flags of the U.S. and Italy.
Most schools close on Columbus Day and some school bands take part in the public parades. Some people hold family gatherings while others attend church gatherings. In most events, people celebrate Italian culture by eating Italian cuisine. And schools teach students about Columbus, his voyage and its significance to the history of the Americas.
Some communities hold street fairs where participants wear colorful attires, listen to music and enjoy Italian cuisine. In some states that honor Native Americans, there’s is often pow-wows, traditional dances, and lessons about the culture of Native Americans.
Some states either don’t recognize Columbus Day or have chosen to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day instead. Celebrations in such states honor Native Americans and their culture.
When is Columbus Day 2020?
Columbus Day 2020 is a federal holiday that falls on the second Monday of October 2020. Columbus Day 2020 is on Monday, October 12.
While Columbus Day falls on the second Monday of October every year, the date changes every year. So Columbus Day 2020 will not fall on the same date as Columbus Day 2021.
Moreover, Americans didn’t always observe Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. They traditionally observed the holiday on October 12 every year. It was not until 1971 that the federal government changed it to the second Monday of October every year.
Dates for Columbus Day from 2016 to 2024
|Date||Day of the week||Year|
|October 10, 2016||Monday||Columbus Day 2016|
|October 9, 2017||Monday||Columbus Day 2017|
|October 8, 2018||Monday||Columbus Day 2018|
|October 14, 2019||Monday||Columbus Day 2019|
|October 12, 2020||Monday||Columbus Day 2020|
|October 11, 2021||Monday||Columbus Day 2021|
|October 10, 2022||Monday||Columbus Day 2022|
|October 9, 2023||Monday||Columbus Day 2023|
|October 14, 2024||Monday||Columbus Day 2024|
Activities of Columbus Day
Americans observe Columbus Day with a full range of festivities, the most common being parades. People march through some major towns and cities in patriotic attires, holding American and Italian flags while singing patriotic songs.
Italian-American and Catholic communities largely celebrate the holiday by holding religious gatherings and church services. Italian-Americans also hold festivities to celebrate their heritage and to honor Columbus as one of their own.
Other communities celebrate Columbus Day by holding street gatherings and fairs. The events feature music and Italian cuisine to celebrate Italian culture in the U.S. And children get lessons about Columbus and the significance of his voyage to the New World.
Communities that choose to celebrate Native People’s Day instead of Columbus Day, have their unique festivities too. They hold pow-wows, dress in traditional attires and dance to traditional music. In such events, children learn about the rich history and culture of Native Americans.
Halloween in the United States
Halloween is a yearly celebration in the United States that falls on 31 October. Historians believe that the celebration came from the Celtic festival of Samhain. Halloween was originally a time to remember and honor the souls of the departed. But people are likely to observe Halloween 2020 mostly for entertainment and commercial purposes.
Halloween is not a public holiday. Government offices remain open, the public transport system operates on the normal schedule, and most businesses remain open. Nonetheless, a large number of Americans take part in the celebration. People engage in various activities such as trick-or-treating, costume parties and lighting bonfires. Such popular traditions make Halloween an important date in the United States calendar.
Significance of Halloween 2020
Halloween is significant in many ways. For Christians, it is the eve of the All Saint’s Day or All Hallow’s Day. It thus marks the start of a three day-observance in which Christians honor saints, martyrs and all the departed faithful. So there is usually church services and candle lighting on graves to remember and honor the dead.
For Children, Halloween is a day of fun and festivities. Many children look forward to the day with lots of enthusiasm and with good reason. It provides an opportunity to go trick-or-treating, attend costume parties, play apple bobbing, and engage in many other fun Halloween activities. Moreover, the day features lots of candy.
Adults take advantage of the Halloween season to get discounts on a wide variety of items. So it’s common to see stores flooding with customers. Aside from hefty discounts, there are lots of fun things to enjoy. People attend Halloween-themed parties, watch horror movies and visit haunted sites.
Halloween is a key date for businesses too. The costumes industry records more sales during this time than at any other time of the year. Other businesses Halloweenify their products and services with Halloween decorations. Treats for children and discounts for customers are also common.
History of Halloween
Historians link Halloween to the Celtic festival of Samhain. That’s because the Celtics held Samhain on 7 November of the Gaelic Calendar which is the modern-day 31 October. The Welsh people held a similar festival called Calan Gaeaf. Both Samhain and Calan Gaeaf popularized the celebration in a great way.
The Celtics celebrated Samhain to mark the end of summer and the beginning of winter which they viewed as the ‘dark half’ of the year. They viewed the transition from the summer to winter as the time when the world of the living and that of the dead thinned. So, they believed that the spirits of the dead could easily come into the world of the living at this time. People feared and respected the spirits in equal measure. Hence, they appeased them with food and drinks yet called on God for protection.
The Celtics observed Samhain with many traditions. There was divination rituals, nut roasting, dream interpretations among other rituals and games. To keep the souls of the dead away, some people lit bonfires and torches.
Guising began in Britain and Ireland in the 16th Century. Some people would wear scary costumes to impersonate the spirits of the dead then go house-to-house reciting songs and asking for food. People also believed that guising could protect them from the spirits.
Guising gave birth to trick-or-treating which grew in popularity and became a key part of the festivals. Later people started using scary costumes to play pranks on others. Trick-or-treating then spread to England in the 20th century. Eventually, migrants from Britain spread it to the United States.
The popularity of Halloween continued to spread throughout the United States. Consequently, its commercialization began in the 1900s with the production of postcards and die-cutting paper decorations. Production of Halloween costumes for sale began in the 1930s and has been around ever since. This commercialization of Halloween has only served to boost the popularity of the celebration year in year out.
Traditions of Halloween
Most Halloween traditions came from the Samhain festival of the Celtics. They reached the United States through the migration of Britons and Irish people into the United States. The Christian community Christianized some of them making them part of the Christian Halloween celebrations.
The most notable tradition of Halloween is the donning of Halloween costumes. Adults and children dress in fancy Halloween costumes that were originally meant to be a protection from the souls of the dead. These costumes typically depict witches, spiders, bats, ghosts, skeletons, and other scary beings. People may wear costumes to Halloween costume parties or Halloween parades.
Children dress in fancy Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighboring houses. When they don’t get treats, they threaten to cause harm to the inhabitants of the house. Trick-or-treaters usually do not mean any harm as the activity is for fun. A similar Halloween tradition is souling that involves people going house-to-house asking for soul cakes.
People may make jack-o’-lanterns by carving pumpkins or turnips. The lanterns were originally used to represent the spirits of the departed or to ward off evil. Christians may light candles over the graves of the dead to remember and honor them. Other people may light bonfires and torches.
There are usually dream interpretation games, where people tell their dreams and others try to interpret them. Some people play divination games by trying to predict each other’s future. Other Halloween games include apple bobbing, pranking, and visits to haunted sites.
When is Halloween 2020?
Halloween 2020 is on Saturday, October 31. While the celebration falls on the same date every year, the day changes. So Halloween 2020 does not fall on the same day as Halloween 2021. Usually, people begin planning for Halloween days and weeks before the date. Most of the preparation involves buying fancy costumes and Halloween decorations.
Dates for Halloween from 2016 to 2024
|Date||Day of the week||Year|
|October 31, 2016||Monday||Halloween 2016|
|October 31, 2017||Tuesday||Halloween 2017|
|October 31, 2018||Wednesday||Halloween 2018|
|October 31, 2019||Thursday||Halloween 2019|
|October 31, 2020||Saturday||Halloween 2020|
|October 31, 2021||Sunday||Halloween 2021|
|October 31, 2022||Monday||Halloween 2022|
|October 31, 2023||Tuesday||Halloween 2023|
|October 31, 2024||Thursday||Halloween 2024|
What Do People Do?
People celebrate Halloween with family, friends or co-workers. Some communities hold large events and parades with people flaunting their fancy costumes. Other people may hold costume parties, watch horror films or visit haunted places.
Children go from house-to-house trick-or-treating. If they don’t get treats, they threaten to cause harm to the inhabitants of the house. So it’s always a good idea to buy some candy to give trick-or-treaters when they visit your house. Some people believe that such treats appease active spirits during Halloween.
People carve lots of jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins or turnips and light bonfires. In the past, jack-o’-lanterns represented the spirits of the departed and according to some beliefs, they could ward off evil. Similarly, there were beliefs that bonfires and torches could stop the spirits of the dead from falling upon the earth.
People may decorate their businesses with Halloween decorations and offer Halloween discounts on a variety of items. Besides, it’s common to see parks decorated with Halloween symbols like ghosts, witches, and wizards. Likewise, Homeowners may decorate their homes with Halloween symbols.
Conclusion: October is holistically an entertaining month. It starts off with weather that is perfect for outdoor activities. While sports keep us entertained on weekends, TV shows do it on weekdays. Holidays, festivals, balls, and dances take place week after week. All these build up to a climax is on the last day of the month as Halloween. All along, school and work activities run parallel to these activities. Keeping up with all this needs some serious planning. What better way to do it all than on an amazing wiki calendar october 2020 template.
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