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?
ANSWERS ON A POSTAGE STAMP!…
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.
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