Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October Holiday Haul

Stress Free Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads



Does anyone else love celebrating as much as me? Whether it be New Year's, Christmas, or Easter, you can have so much fun gathering with family, binge eating on yummy foods, or getting down on the dance floor.

I know you need some more excuses to party hard and celebrate, so I've hauled in some holidays from all over the world. Get ready to mark your calendars!

In the posts below are 10 holidays with 3 tasks associated with each one. Choose one task from each holiday (or complete them all!) and read a book that fits that task. I know most of you will want to complete the challenge within the month, but that is not a requirement. Relax and enjoy some stress-free celebratory reading!

If you would prefer to spell out the month using book titles and authors first or last name, instead of doing the tasks, you can do that too!

**Be on the lookout for a Holiday Haul each month!**


October got its name from the Latin “octo”, meaning “eight”. If this seems odd to you, considering it’s the tenth month in the modern day calendar (Gregorian), that actually used to not be the case. It was once the eighth month (in the Roman Calendar) and the name simply carried over.

If you complete this bonus task for October, you will receive a special souvenir! (All souvenirs can be found in post 4 of this thread)

- Read a book with the number EIGHT in the title OR a book that is 8th in a series 
(Submissive, #8) The Master Tara Sue Me 10/10/16

1. Wine Day (Oct 1) - Muldova
The “National Wine Day” Festival has been established by Parliament’s Decree 433-XII from December 26, 1990 on Holidays and rest days in Moldova. And by Government’s Decree 988 from July 23, 2002 “it is decided that the Wine Festival will take place every year along with the celebration of the National Wine Day”.

Various events will place during the two days, like: the official opening of the festival, presentation of wine products made by participants, public and professional wine tastings, presentations, contests, artistic and theatrical programs, touristic offers, displays of handcraft objects of folk craftsmen and national cuisine, and so on.

- Read a book published in October
- Read a book where a character drinks alcohol A Necessary Sin Georgia Cates 10/5/16
- Read a book with a wine glass (or something similar) on the cover


2. Child Health Day (Oct 3) - U.S.
Child Health Day in the United States raises people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. As part of the annual presidential proclamation for the day, all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare are invited to unite on Child Health Day to observe exercises to stimulate or increase people’s awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s health in the United States.

Health professionals and health organizations across the United States take part in this day through various activities and events. For example, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) takes on an active role in providing educational resources for parents, children and schools about issues such as healthy choices, fitness, and child obesity prevention. 

- Read a book with a main page genre of Children's or Middle Grade
- Read a book where the main character has a child
- Read a book with the letters C, H, and D in the title 
Catching Cassidy Melissa Foster 10/6/16

3. Battle of Angamos (Oct 8) - Peru
The Battle of Angamos was a naval battle fought on 8 October 1879, during the War of the Pacific (1879-1883). Also known as the Saltpeter War, the war began as a dispute between Chile and Bolivia over control of the Atacama Desert a region rich in valuable minerals. Peru became involved when Bolivia declared war on Chile and invoked Peru to fight on their side as part of a secret mutual agreement. The Chilean Navy, under the command of Captains Galvarino Riveros and Juan Jose Latorre surrounded and captured the ironclad steam-propelled warship Huáscar. The captain of the Huáscar was Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario, who was killed by the Chileans. Admiral Grau is considered a hero in Peru and today many streets, parks and other landmarks are named in honour of him and his warship.

Military and civil parades are held across Peru to honour Admiral Miguel Grau and his role in the Battle of Angamos.

- Read a book with a main page genre of War Accidental SEAL Sharon Hamilton 10/13/16
- Read a book published on the 8th of any month
- Read a book set in the desert or a desert-like location


4. Double Tenth Day (Oct 10) - Taiwan & other countries
National Day of the Republic of China which is known as the Taiwan National Day or Double Tenth Day is to commemorate the 1911 Wuchang Uprising, a milestone of China’s politics development and a new chapter in the history of the Chinese which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty. On the 10th of October each year celebration and official ceremony are held around Taiwan. The major official firework event will only hold by one city, but the other cities will proceed with its own celebration and activities.

During this important day of Taiwan, both local and oversea visitors and honored dignitaries from all over the world gather in Taiwan to celebrate and show their respect for the nation. As a tradition, routine celebrations are planned in front of the Presidential Office Building. The celebration ceremony begins with the raising of the flag and national anthem followed by a military parade. The climax of the day is when the President of Taiwan addresses the Presidential Address made to the nation followed by a series of performances by local celebrities and groups. Visitors may also find Taiwan flags fluttering on the major streets and roads of Taiwan during this period of time forming a colorful scene.

- Read a book with 10 intact in the page count
- Read a book where someone visits overseas One Last Sin Georgia Cates 10/6/16
- Read a book with a colorful cover


5. Party Foundation Day (Oct 10) - North Korea
The Party Foundation Day is an annual public holiday in North Korea marking the October 10, 1945 foundation of the "Central Organizing Committee of the Communist Party of North Korea", known as the "North Korea Bureau of the Communist Party of Korea" in the West, and considered a predecessor to the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Celebrations include political speeches, artistic performances and mass events including military parades. Ordinary citizens receive food rations and electricity.

- Read a book where a character attends a party
- Read a book with the letters P, F, and D in the title
- Read a book where a character is some type of artist (actor, musician, painter, etc.) 

Ocean Jo Raven 10/7/16

6. Columbus Day (Oct 12) - Mexico & other countries
Columbus Day commemorates when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. He was not the first person to discover the Americas but he established contact between Renaissance Europe and the indigenous peoples he encountered. With support from the Spanish monarchy, he completed four voyages that eventually instigated the Spanish colonization of the New World. Columbus Day has raised not just praise but also skepticism, as it serves as a reminder of conflicts that arose later between Spanish conquerors and indigenous peoples.

Columbus Day is viewed as a celebration of Hispanic heritage for Mexicans who celebrate it. However, it has also been a day chosen for protests, rallies and street marches in past years.

- Read a book set in Mexico
- Read a book with an author whose initials are C.C Benched Boxed Set: Ice Hockey Romance Colleen Charles 10/17/16
- Read a book published on the 12th of any month


7. United Nations Day (Oct 24) - Norway & other countries
United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 24 the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which "shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for" its work.

In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world with meetings, discussions and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.

- Read a book set in the 1970's
- Read a book where two characters unite All Fired Up Carmine Valentine 10/12/16
- Read any book and discuss it with a friend


8. Labour Day (Oct 24) - New Zealand
During the 19th century, workers in New Zealand tried to claim the right for an 8-hour working day. In 1840, carpenter Samuel Parnell fought for this right in Wellington, NZ, and won. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on October 28, 1890, when thousands of workers paraded in the main city centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day.

Labour Day is a public holiday so many workers in New Zealand take the time off to relax and enjoy their spare time. It is on a Monday, so some people make the most of the long weekend by going on short trips out of town. Street parades and protest marches to voice out the importance of workers' rights are also held on or around Labour Day.

- Read a book with a title that starts with N or Z Never Kiss a Stranger Winter Renshaw 10/11/16
- Read a book that takes 8 hours to read
- Read a book where a character protests something


9. Diwali (Oct 29) - Singapore & other countries
Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Indian festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

- Read a book with lights on the cover
- Read a book with a title that starts with D
- Read a book that takes place in autumn or spring 
The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters 10/9/16

10. Halloween (Oct 31) - U.S. & other countries
Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

- Read a book with a Halloween theme
- Read a book with a spooky cover
- Read a book with a main page genre of Horror or Thriller
 Live Wire Harlan Coben 10/15/16

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