October 2021…World Vegetarian Day(1st) plus Music, World Food Day, Halloween and what’s in between ?

I just don’t know where this year has gone…the 10th month of the year has now started but where have the other 9 months gone? they have gone by in a flash so what does October bring to the table?

October is probably best known for the Halloween celebrations and festivities, but what other October days and observances are there?

Today is World Vegetarian Day…established by the North American Vegetarian Society(NAVS) then further endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.

Interestingly though…vegetarianism has been present in India since the 5th Century BCE, though vegetarianism is also clearly present in Buddhism, which originated between the fifth and sixth centuries, in plant-based staples such as tofu which have been consumed in China for more than 2,000 years, in Indonesian, Japanese and Thai cuisines and also on the African continent before the European colonization.

It became more mainstream in the US and UK in the 1960s and gathered additional momentum in the 1970s which led the North American Vegetarian Society to establish October 1 as “World Vegetarian Day in 1977 “

A vegetarian diet focuses on vegetables, seeds, legumes, fruits, nuts and grains and also includes animal products such as eggs, dairy and honey, that are obtained without involving the death of an animal or the consumption of its meat. World Vegetarian Day is celebrated to emphasize environmental considerations, animal welfare and rights issues and personal health benefits to encourage people to consider stopping the consumption of animal products.

Personally, I do acknowledge the advances in vegetarian meals… in supermarkets and restaurants, many of them are equal in taste to dishes which contain meat products…I remember years ago going through the faddy stage as a teenager when I was never ever going to eat meat again…the choices were not plentiful and my mother didn’t use lots of herbs and spices just mint, ginger, nutmeg and parsley… she was a good basic family cook but not adventurous (like) me… she didn’t know much about how to make a variety of vegetable dishes as a main meal apart from making a cheese sauce for pasta or vegetables, nut roast or some sort of vegetarian burgers which weren’t great and many of the store-bought options were very salty and nothing much else…Vegetarian meals have come on in leaps and bounds since then…

We eat a lot of vegetables in this house but we do also eat meat…my take is that we should increase our vegetables and meat-free days but at the same time we need a healthy varied diet to stay that way…

This is one of my favourite vegetables… Broccoli

Today is also International Music Day although I am a firm believer that we should have music in our lives every day of the year…Just saying!

#1 on Tunecaster top 20 songs for October 1st 1960 was Brenda Lee with “I Want to be  Wanted”

From tomorrow until 15th October there are a few meaningful days although I think some of them should be an everyday fact of life there are also quite a few days where I think who on earth has thought this one up but maybe they mean something to someone, somewhere…

I mean “Global Handwashing Day” do we really need a day to reiterate how important it is to wash our hands?…. Do we really need spoon-feeding? Has the world gone mad?


October the 16th is “World Food Day”…

World Food Day is celebrated across the globe on October 16. This day aims at tackling global hunger and striving to eradicate hunger across the world.

Every year, we celebrate World Food Day to appreciate the amazing food we eat, but also to tackle world hunger. This day is celebrated on October 16, which marks the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) in 1945.

World Food Day was established in November 1979, suggested by former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food… Dr Pal Romany. It is now celebrated by more than 150 countries around the world.

World Hunger Facts…

Between here and the 31st we have a day for Apples, Pumpkins, oatmeal, plenty of nuts…lol…Pasta oh and Chocolate…yum…Black cats and reptiles…and much in between…sigh

October 31st is Halloween…

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.  The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

That’s October in a nutshell as the saying goes…Thank you for joining me see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…xxx




46 thoughts on “October 2021…World Vegetarian Day(1st) plus Music, World Food Day, Halloween and what’s in between ?

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    Thanks for the very useful and important information, Carol! We have to minimize food waste, not putting it into biogas plants. Thank you for remembering on all these following important days. Definitely the best will be Halloween. :-)) xx Michael

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  3. Darlene

    I´ve been a vegetarian for over 30 years. I lived on a farm/ranch and it upset me to see the lovely animals slaughtered for food. I also believe everyone should have a choice as to what they eat. I make meat for hubby and guests. There are so many wonderful things you can do with vegetables and I love trying different vege recipes. Thanks for Brenda Lee. Great memories.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      My hubby, my son and grandson are unlikely to follow a vegetarian diet…I would like to and know I should although I would find it difficult to give up fish….I also love Brenda Lee…particularly rockin around the Christmas tree 🙂 xx

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  4. petespringerauthor

    I would say this is the best weather we have had in a long time in California. It’s rained a couple of times in the past two weeks, and our wildfires aren’t so bad. It’s not too hot or too cold. It does seem like there are days for everything. I think we’ve run out of days, and now we’re starting to double up. Some things are great, but it does seem a bit silly to have a day reminding us to wash our hands. Maybe we need a national deodorant day. 😊

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Pleased to hear you are having some good weather plus some rain a happy medium is always good.
      Many a true word spoken in jest, Pete you should have known I would check…lol…29th April it is or was some of these silly ones die a death …Although Odd sock day is still hanging in there…sigh…Have a great weekend , Pete 🙂 x

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  5. Jim Borden

    October to me represents the transition from weather I like to weather I do not like 🙂

    I eat a lot of meat subsitute products, but I often wonder from a health perspective if they are any better for my health than the meat-based original

    great song from Brenda Lee – I always remember her from Rocking Around the Christmas Tree…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Snap.. I love that song but then I love most of the Christmas jingles and songs… as you can probably guess, Jim I am always suspicious of any processed foods plus so often foods have been pronounced as healthy and then down the line we find out differently… Its a minefield out there especially with labelling as depending on amounts some ingredients don’t have to be on that label but if present over time can build up in the body.. On the other hand factory farmed and reared meat are often fed growth hormones and anti biotics which begs the question which is the lesser of the two evils?… x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you, Jim its always good to think about what you eat given the current times..I am looking at cultured meat and meat substitutes a the moment like Beyond Burgers…:) x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I’m the same as you, Marian.. I eat a lot of vegetables and have cut down on my meat consumption but am not vegetarian… I think its good to support some organisations we do the same but support small local ones… I hope you have an enjoyable weekend 😊 x


  6. Clive

    How could I not have known that it is International Music Day! And I have good news for you in return: only nine months of this year have so far flashed by, so you have time to catch up 😉 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It depends on how you look at that one Clive my mother always cheered me up and told me on my birthday I was now into my next year i.e if I was 20 I was in my 21st year…lol…As for music maybe it just slipped your mind…wink x

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  7. johnrieber

    Terrific as always…just wish we could all find a way to lower the food waste in the world, and turn it into meals for those who are hungry…your posts continue to raise important issues and good steps forward as well…

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      1. johnrieber

        It’s like the horrific water shortage here in the US west right now…it will take a catastrophe for people to change…and even then, who knows if it just leads to more selfishness…

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  8. beetleypete

    My only concession to being vegetarian is to eat a non-meat pizza once a week. I do eat a lot of vegetables most days, but always as an accompaniment to meat of some kind. Maybe I’m too resistant to change, but I was brought up on meat, and I enjoy eating it.
    (I never celebrate Halloween, as I feel it is just a commercialised US import.)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think the only way is for us (everyone) to only eat food in season and grown locally then there would be no demand for the countries who export most of their food so we can buy food out of season at exorbitant prices much of which is wasted…Just a theory …we know corporations and corporate control are not the answer to the many ills in our food system, and these companies shouldn’t be the main voices at the table…a whole reset is the answer but will it be allowed to happen?…it is part of the topics on October Green kichen which I am just finalising and will forward over the weekend…Hugs xxx

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        I agree Carol.. there is no-one responsible overall for food production and distribution just fiefdoms all with their own agendas.. Most of the erroneous information to the public about carbohydrates and fats were the result of marketing rather than science and we now have a huge increase in obesity because of it. Looking forward to reading more…♥

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