Events

National Day of the People's Republic of China

National Day of the People's Republic of China

1st October

The National Day of China has been celebrated since 1949. It is marked with public events such as fireworks and concerts.

Black History Month

1st October to 31st October

Black History Month aims to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and to disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society.

Walk to School Month

1st October to 31st October

October is International Walk to School Month and over 40 countries will be encouraging children to ditch the school run!

The Big Draw

The Big Draw

1st October to 31st October

The Big Draw is a campaign for drawing with one aim: to get everyone drawing! Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.

 

Sukkot

Sukkot

2nd October to 9th October

Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions. 

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

3rd October

An annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems.

World Space Week

World Space Week

4th October to 10th October

This is the largest space event in the world and is the ideal time for teachers to use space in the classroom to excite students about learning.

World Smile Day

World Smile Day

4th October

This special day aims to inspire people around the world to smile and perform kind acts in their communities.

World Animal Day

World Animal Day

4th October

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species.

World Teachers' Day

5th October

World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on 5 October. The event celebrates teachers worldwide.

ICC Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup

10th October to 15th November

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International cricket. 

World Mental Health Day

10th October

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

12th October

The anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492, is celebrated in many countries.

Ada Lovelace Day

13th October

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings

14th October

The Battle of Hastings took place on 14 October 1066. It was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman conquest of England.

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day

15th October

Global Handwashing Day is the centrepiece of a week of activities that aim to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap.

World Food Day

16th October

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.​

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri

17th October

Navaratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil.

One World Week

One World Week

18th October to 24th October

Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.

Trafalgar Day

Trafalgar Day

21st October

Trafalgar day commemorates the British Naval Victory at Trafalgar in 1805. It is marked by a parade through Trafalgar Square in London.

United Nations Day

24th October

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. 24th October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

Dussehra

Dussehra

25th October

Hindus in India celebrate the festival of Dussehra. The festival celebrates the triumph of the Hindu god Ram over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time Ends

25th October

The clocks go back by one hour in the UK. This gives us more daylight in the morning, but less in the evening. The time is Greenwich Mean Time.

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

29th October

Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrates the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth. Some Muslims mark it with fasting or prayers.

Halloween

Halloween

31st October

Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties and carving jack-o'-lanterns.

National Bug Busting Day

National Bug Busting Day

31st October

National Bug Busting Day is one of three national days when people are encouraged to help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again.