Hello October! (And one interesting fact about this month!)

October is the 10th month of the year and a host to a multitude of holidays, most notably Halloween and Oktoberfest.

I have a one interesting fact about a month that just started! It might be shocking at first…

October Is Latin for ‘The Eighth Month’!

One of the original Roman calendar months, October literally translates to “eighth month.” Because the original Roman calendar began with March, October was the eighth month, just as September, meaning seven, was the seventh month. Same with November (nine) and December (10).

Today, with our calendar beginning in January, October is the 10th month.

The ancient Saxons called October “Wintirfyllith” because it had the first full moon of the winter.

October is associated with autumn or fall. It ends on the same day of the week as February every year and January in common years only. On the last week of October, it is the only time of the entire year when all four major American sports have games at the same time: the MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA.

The October birthstone is tourmaline and opal, its zodiac signs are Libra (September 23-October 22) and Scorpio (October 23-November 21), and the birth flower is the calendula.

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