National Days October

National Days of the Year | October

October in Australia is hard to fault. It’s starting to warm up, and we’re not just talking about the weather. Outdoor gigs, markets and cinemas start popping up like tulips and there are some really significant National Days to get around. October is also Mental Health Month in Australia!

Some really notable dates in Australian history are in October, especially on the 8th. On this day in 1908, Canberra was chosen as the capital city of Australia, ending a feud between rivals Melbourne and Sydney. More recently though, Schapelle Corby was arrested by police in Indonesia carrying 4.1 kg of cannabis on this day in 2004. Corby now celebrates her freedom in aspirational ways on the web.

We’ve got plenty of animal awareness days headed our way in October, as well as some very important health days like National Bandana Day, International Stuttering Awareness Day, World Mental Health Day and World Smile Day.

Of course, Halloween gets a mention as it’s an increasingly popular thing to celebrate in Australia. It seems that each year there’s a bigger aisle dedicated to Halloween in our supermarkets. And even though pumpkins are out of season and not everyone is prepared with “candy” in the pantry on the 31st, more and more people in Australia are getting amongst it.

Howl-o-ween is also on the 31st of October. World Animal Protection call for animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event to raise funds to protect animals from suffering around the world. From holding an animal themed Howl-o-ween fancy dress party, to a scary movie marathon or a terrifying trivia night, there’s a smorgasbord of spooky options to get a frightening fundraiser happening. Whatever works really– it’s an occasion to eat, drink and be scary all in the name of animals in need.

World Mental Health Day on the 10th is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. But with the prevalence of mental illness in Australia impossible to ignore, why not actively focus on destroying the stigma and doing good things for ourselves and others every day? Approximately one in every five Australians experience a mental illness each year. And, since the pandemic started it’s more important than ever before to make sure you’re looking after you.

We’ve made a list of 10 tips you can try every day to improve your mental health:
  • Practice gratitude
  • Get creative
  • Get a nurturing nature fix
  • Move your body
  • Write it out
  • Set boundaries
  • Find community
  • Recharge the best way you know how
  • Sleep
  • Forgive yourself, forgive others
National Days October

Our long list below contains all the days that matter in October!

All The Days is your authoritative source for commemorative, fun, unusual and national days around Australia. We create really interesting guides to national days that are inclusive, fun and relevant to Australia. We also list the school holidays and public holidays around the country by state, so you can be really savvy when planning ahead.

Plus, we continue to research new and existing national days that everyone can get around. Good for content creators and curious people, All The Days keeps you up to date on all the days of the year.

National Days and Days That Matter During October:

Days that vary in date each year have the year next to them.

01 October International Day of Older Persons
International Coffee Day
World Vegetarian Day
Be Kind to Animals Week
The 2005 Bali bombings took place place
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week
02 OctoberWorld Statistics Day
International Day of Non-Violence
World Animal Day
03 October (2022)Labour Day
(2022)Queen’s Birthday
04 OctoberWorld Taco Day
World Space Week
World Habitat Day
05 OctoberWorld Teachers’ Day
06 October (2022)Royal Launceston Show
The Melbourne Zoo is opened in 1862
07 October (2022)World Smile Day
Bathtub Day
08 OctoberInternational Lesbian Day
The capital of Australia was chosen in 1908, settling a feud between rivals Melbourne and Sydney.
Schapelle Corby was apprehended by police in Indonesia carrying 4.1 kg of cannabis in 2004
World Sight Day
09 OctoberInternational Beer and Pizza Day
World Post Day
World Migratory Bird Day
10 OctoberWorld Porridge Day
National Hat Day
World Homeless Day
World Day Against the Death Penalty
World Mental Health Day
11 OctoberNational Coming Out Day
World Day of the Girl Child
12 OctoberWorld Arthritis Day
13 OctoberBreast Cancer Awareness Day
14 October (2022)Flinders Island Show
15 OctoberInternational Day of Rural Women
International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Global Handwashing Day
16 OctoberWorld Food Day
17 OctoberInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 OctoberDevelopmental Language Disorder Awareness Day
19 October (2022)International Pronoun Day
20 October (2022)Royal Hobart Show
World Evidence Based Healthcare Week
World Osteoporosis Day
The Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973
(2022)Spirit Day
21 OctoberApple Day
Reptile Awareness Day
22 OctoberInternational Stuttering Awareness Day
23 October (2022)Asexual Awareness Week ending October 29 (Ace Week)
24 OctoberUnited Nations Day
World Development Information Day
25 OctoberWorld Pasta Day
Greasy Food Day
26 OctoberIntersex Awareness Day
Uluru is returned to traditional owners in 1985
Uluru climbing is finally banned in 2019
Cupcake Day
27 OctoberBig Cake Bake
National Kidsafe Day
28 OctoberAnimation Day
29 OctoberDay for Daniel
30 OctoberThe Racial Discrimination Act took effect in 1975
National Bandana Day
31 OctoberWorld Cities Day

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