Intercession of the Theotokos, Teacher’s Day, Day of Defender of Ukraine: Main dates of October

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The detailed calendar of holidays, weekends, and memorable dates in October 2021
10:13, 30 September 2021

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In October, Ukrainians will have extra weekends on the Day of Defender of Ukraine; students will prepare for Teachers' Day and the month will end with Halloween that is also a weekend.

How many weekends are expected?

In October, Ukrainians will have 11 weekends thanks to the state holiday – the Day of Defender of Ukraine. It will take place on Thursday, October 14. Thus, the weekends are October 14,15,16,17.

October 2-3, 9-10, 24, 30-31 are also weekends.

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Besides, Ukraine switches to winter time on the last Sunday of October at 04:00 a.m.: the clock is turned back for an hour.

Holidays and memorable dates

October 1 – the world celebrates International Day for Older Persons. It aims to draw the attention of people to the extension of the possibilities for older people, including the participation in social, economic, and political life.

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In 2021, Teachers' Day is celebrated on October 3, on the first Sunday of the month. The festive events take place at schools on Friday; children come to school with autumn flowers and congratulate their teachers. In some schools, students and teachers exchange their roles on this day – students of senior classes teach lessons and the teachers have the rest.


The World Space Week starts on October 4.

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Besides, World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4. It was founded in 1931 and it aims to pay attention to the problems of animals.

This date was chosen not by the accident. It is the memorial day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is considered to be the patron of animals. The societies on human protection in many countries organize various mass events and promotional events every year.

Moreover, the world will also congratulate the main profession of the last two years – medics. World Doctors’ Day was founded at the beginning of the 1970s on the offer of the World Health Organization and the International medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.

Ukraine celebrates Lawyer's Day on October 8. It is a public holiday; however, it is not a weekend. It is considered that on this day, in 1016, Kyiv Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise issued the first legal code “Rus' Justice”.

On October 10World Mental Health Day is celebrated. Almost a billion people in the world suffer from mental disorders; annually, three million people die as a result of alcohol abuse, and every 40 seconds, a person commits suicide. One more negative factor is the Covid-19 pandemic, which violated the usual life of millions of people. The pandemic has caused interruptions in the provision of medical aid and impeded access to the service on the protection of mental health, especially in terms of the emergency humanitarian situation and conflicts.

Besides, on October 10 - State Sanitary Epidemiological Service of Workers' Day and Day of Painter are celebrated.

Thursday, October 14 is one of the largest holidays of the month – the Day of Defender of Ukraine. It is a public holiday and a weekend. It is the day of celebration of courage and heroism of the defenders of the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine. in 2014, Petro Poroshenko has established this holiday on October 14 instead of the Defender of the Fatherland Day that was celebrated on February 23. The holiday concurs with the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks and Intercession of the Theotokos.

October 23, Saturday, - the Day of Advertising Workers.

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October 24 is the United Nations Day.

Ukraine celebrates Liberation Day on October 28. On this day, in 1944, the last Nazi forces were ousted from the territory of the country. On October 27, the Soviet troops entered Uzhhorod, and then, the western border of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

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On Saturday, October 31, the world dresses in scary costumes and celebrates Halloween. Since recently, this holiday is celebrated in Ukraine. In English, it is called All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween, if shortened. According to beliefs, on this day, evil spirits and the undead sneak on the land, and to protect from them, it is necessary to wear scary costumes or put at home a scary face made of pumpkin.

Orthodox Calendar

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On October 5, the Orthodox Christians remember the deeds of Prophet Yunus, who was swallowed by a whale and escaped unharmed.

October 9 is the Day of the Saint John the Evangelist, the fasting day.

On October 14, the Orthodox Christians celebrate the Intercession of the Theotokos that took place in 910. According to legend, Theotokos appeared to the praying people at the Vlaherna Meryem Ana Church in Constantinople.

It is believed that the first snow appears on this day. The weather for the winter was predicted on this day.

October 19 is the Day of Thomas the Apostle.

October 31 is the Day of Luke the Evangelist. Luke the Apostle left the Gospel and Acts of the Apostles.

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