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October begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Libra and ends in the sign of Scorpio. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Virgo and ends in the constellation of Libra.
The name is from the Latin "octo" for "eight". October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period (summer in the southern hemisphere) was divided between January and February.
In the old Japanese calendar, the month is called Kan'na dzuki (神無月).
Events in October
- Thanksgiving Day in Canada on the second Monday of the month.
- National Coming Out Day
- Columbus Day
- Samhain (an approximate date)
- The last Monday in October is one of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland and in the Irish Calendar the month is called Deireadh Fómhair (literally "End of Autumn") and is the third and last month of the Autumn season.
- In the pagan wheel of the year October ends at or near to Samhain in the northern hemisphere and Bealtaine in the southern hemisphere.
- October begins on the same day of the week as January in common years, but no other month begins on the same day of the week as October in leap years.
- October is also the name of an album by U2 .
- The signs of the zodiac within the month of October are Libra and Scorpio.
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