Calendar of holidays, important dates of October 2019

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Whom should we congratulate and whom to remember in October: Defender of Ukraine Day, Teacher's Day and other dates of the month  
14:25, 1 October 2019

October holidays and dates
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In October 2019, Ukrainians will have 22 working days and 9 days off, one of which is a bonus because the Defender of Ukraine Day falls on Monday.

Main dates of October

On October 6, Ukrainians celebrate Teacher’s Day. In independent Ukraine, this holiday has been celebrated since it was established in 1994 by the Decree of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma.

On October 14 is a Defender of Ukraine Day. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko set in his decree a new date for the Day of Defender of Ukraine for October 14, 2014. This date was established instead of the holiday of Defender of the Fatherland Day, which was celebrated on February 23 and was eventually canceled.

A year later, on March 5, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law under which October 14 became a state holiday and a day off.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

At night on October 26, the clocks will be set one hour back in a switch to winter time.

October 28 is a Day of liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders.

Towns and cities of eastern Donbas were the first to be liberated in December 1942. After that, the liberation of large cities of Ukraine began: Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Kyiv. The last one was the Carpathian operation, which began on September 9, 1944. On October 27, 1944, Soviet troops liberated Uzhhorod, and on the 28th they reached the modern western border of Ukraine.

Many countries celebrate Halloween on October 31. The ancient tradition of the Celts migrated to other cultures, becoming a fun holiday for everyone who is tired of the gray autumn weekdays. Mandatory attributes include pumpkins, sweets, creepy costumes, and theme music. A frightening appearance should distract evil spirits from the people, sweets - to appease them, and fire - to give hope for the future.


There are other interesting dates

October 1 is an International Day of Older Persons. Since 1990, at the initiative of the UN General Assembly, on this day, society has been paying special attention to the needs and problems of older people. Seminars, festivals, and other events organized by initiative groups and charitable foundations are held on this day.  

October 2 is an International Day of Social Educator. The main tasks of such specialists are solving the problems of young people education, helping women and children use their rights and freedoms, promoting a healthy lifestyle, participating in solving social conflicts, working with people with special needs.

October 4 is a World Animal Day. At the initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), many countries hold events to draw people's attention to the problem of the extinction of diverse fauna, and to the problem of animal cruelty.

October 8 – the Lawyer's Day. The holiday was officially established on September 16, 1997 by the decree of President Kuchma.

October 10 is a World Mental Health Day. The World Federation for Mental Health stresses that mental illness is as serious as physical, and therefore requires prevention and quality treatment. The most dangerous and common mental illnesses include: depressive disorders, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, drug addiction, epilepsy, mental retardation.

October 17 is an International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On December 22, 1992, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution declaring October 17 an International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. According to the UN, over 700 million people worldwide cannot satisfy their basic needs.

October 24 is United Nations Day. On January 1 -2, 1942, the representatives of 26 states signed a document, which later became known as the ‘United Nations Declaration.’ In 1945, preparations for convening the first United Nations Conference began.

The main goals of the UN are keeping international peace and security, cooperation in solving problems of a social, economic, political, cultural and humanitarian nature.


Church dates

On October 8, the Orthodox Church honors the memory of one of the saints - Sergius of Radonezh. He is considered to be a patron of all students, a founder of a number of monasteries, a hermit and a wonder-worker.

October 14 is the Intercession of the Theotokos, or the Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. On this day, people asked ancestors for protection of the Mother of God from all dangers. The young men made marriage proposals; young people participated in the celebrations. However, hard housework is not advised on this day.   

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