By: Wyatt Duthie
In Germany, there are 7-10 Holidays commonly celebrated in October depending on the region. Surprisingly this doesn’t include the drunken and wild world of Oktoberfest. 5 of the holidays are observances whereas only 2 are observed holidays. The difference being that on observed holidays one typically gets the day off of work and school. On observances, people celebrate a remembrance, an awareness or for plain old fun. What are these holidays and how do they relate to American holidays? Are they similar, unique, or the same? Scroll down to learn more.
1.) Day of German Unity: The German Unity Day (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday.
It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were unified so that for the first time since 1945 there existed a single German state. The German Unity Day on 3 October has been the German National Holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed.
To learn more visit the link below: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/germany/german-unity-day
2.) Harvest Festival: Harvest Festival is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, October 6,
The Harvest Festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be found at various times at different places. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival.
3.) Grandparents’ Day: Grandparents’ Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, October 13,
Grandparents’ Day is a day where small children show their appreciation towards their respected elders. They usually give no actual patronage as they tend to have little to no money. It tends to be a day spent in parks or the movies where the small children give little homemade presents to their grandparents. It is important to know that few people actually celebrate this occasion and it mostly goes under the radar. The United States had a proposition made to the Senate floor to institute Grandparents Day, but it died in Senate.
4.)Day of the Libraries: Day of the Libraries is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours. It takes place yearly on Oct. 24
Take a day to remember the importance that libraries have in the community. The impact they have had in the past and the impact they have today. They represent the knowledge of the people and hold the culture of society. The Day of the Libraries is a day of events, and support of your local library.
5.) World Thrift Day: World Thrift Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours. World Thrift day typically takes place on the final days of October. Whatever the last business day in October is. Normally on the 30th, but has been known to happen several days earlier.
It was decided that ‘World Thrift Day’ should be a day devoted to the promotion of savings all over the World. In their efforts to promote thrift, the savings banks worked with the support of the schools, the clergy, as well as cultural, sports, professional, and women’s associations. Thrift Day is used to teach children and adults to save their funds in the hope of helping their economy and secure their futures. It is a very practical holiday that teaches the importance of frugality. Some say that the Thrift day was just a marketing scheme put in place by the banks to trick people into giving them their money. More money for the banks means they can invest it and gain a higher interest rate on it. In any case Thrift day represents the idea of saving ones money for later consumption all over the world.
6.) Reformation Day: Germany on October 31 each year to remember the religious Reformation in Europe. It commemorates when German monk and theologian Martin Luther’s proposals were nailed on the doors of a church in 1517. This event was the start of religious and social changes in Europe.
Reformation Day began on 31 October 1517 was the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire. This represents the beginning of the protestant reformation in the Holy Roman Empire. This lead to the separation of church and state for many of the peoples in the 1600s. As Calvinism, Lutheranism, and Protestantism began to take form the Catholic church began to lose control of much of their lands.
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Many people around the world celebrate Halloween, which occurs annually on October 31. It is the day before All Saints’ Day and is also sometimes called All Hallows’ Eve and Hallowmas Eve. Costume parties are held and many children go trick-or-treating around this time of the year. Germany is relatively new to the Halloween scene and only a few places celebrate Halloween to the extent of the U.S.A. Reformation day is a much more popular and well known holiday that happens to take place on the 31st.
Below are five different costume personalities that may or may not fit you or your friends. Read through the descriptions and comment which personality best fits you!
(I am a Last Minute Shopper!)
Personality #1: Most Minimal Costume Possible
This person is normally above average on the scale of attractiveness and knows it, they want to wear the most skin revealing thing in the room in order to show off their body. Someone that wears a minimal costume almost always has two different costumes each year; one for school or work and one for their Halloween party or night out on the town. They are almost never afraid to spend as much money as needed each year for the best costume possible.
Examples: Playboy Bunny, sexy version of ANY costume.
Personality #2: Total Transformation
The total transformation is the person that spends hundreds of dollars on costume material from facial/body makeup to even extravagant wigs. The
extreme version of the total transformation person
would end up buying a complete
costume from head to toe that is made of high class material. The way to know if someone meets the requirements for this personality is that at first glance you will not recognize them.
Examples: Iron Man, Jack Skeleton, the Joker.
Personality #3: Super, Super Fan
A super, super fan is a person that dresses up as their favorite character of either a show, book, or movie. The person normally knows not only who and what the character is, but they also know everything there is to know about the character’s personality, history, and world. They are extremely likely to get offended and correct you if you get something wrong about the character or anything regarding the character’s world.
Examples: Star Wars characters, Harry Potter characters.
Personality #4: Costume with the Least Effort
If someone has a costume with the least effort it means that they normally have
something taped onto their clothing or they grabbed something out of their closet. These are the people that decided at the last second they should probably dress up but didn’t even want to go to the store to buy something official.
These can include people that go dressed up as themselves or even some one that tapes Smarties to their pants and refers to themselves as a “Smarty Pants.”
Personality #5: Last Minute Shopper
The last minute shopper is the costume person that normally needs to dress up for work, school, or a party with little to no time or money to run to the store for
a decent costume. This person ends up grabbing whatever they can off of the shelf from the costume store. This person is to not be confused with the “Costume with the Least Effort” as the last minute shopper at least puts in enough effort to go to the store for a costume.
Examples: witches, doctor coat, pirate.
Thanks for reading, hopefully a description fits your personality and if you didn’t like your description then just think; “what personality do I want to have this Halloween?”
Have you ever wanted to spend the evening fighting off ghosts and ghouls in Montana? Here is a comprehensive list of the most frightening and haunted places that you can visit…..if you dare!!
1. Garnett Ghost Town
This old mining town was home to more than 1,000 people, mainly gold miners and their families, in 1895. The town consisted of homes, stores, hotels and 13 bars. A fire in 1912 destroyed most of the businesses and only 150 people stayed and continued to live in Garnett Ghost Town. In 1947 the town was officially considered abandoned. In the 1970’s the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to have someone stay year round because buildings were burning down. Since then there have been reports of a pianos playing quietly, men’s voices echoing, transparent figures walking the streets, fresh footprints in the snow leading into houses but never exiting and also the ghost of a women that was allegedly executed for murder. If you are feeling adventurous in the winter you may rent one of two historic cabins built in the 1930’s from the BLM.
2. Chico Hot Springs
Chico Hot Springs opened as a health-care resort in 1900 and was owned and operated by Bill and Percie Knowles. After the Great Depression Percie’s health began to decline and she spent most of her time in room 349 sitting in a rocking chair and looking out the window. In 1936 she was committed to Warm Springs State Hospital and soon passed away. There have been many reports from guests and employees of sightings of Percie. She has been seen as a hazy apparition in a period dress floating down the third floor hallway or in the dining room. There have also been reports of a strong smell of perfume and the rocking chair rocking even though no one is sitting in it. You can rent a room and relax all weekend and maybe even see a ghost!
3. Deer Lodge Prison
The old Deer Lodge Prison was built in 1871 and was a response to reign in the outlaws of the Wild West. This Prison was used until 1979 and was then converted into a museum that also leads tours. Visitors and staff members have complained of seeing flying objects, unexplained shadows, whispers and footsteps, feelings of dread and sadness, the smell of burning flesh and even the sensation of being choked. One particular cell in the hole is reported to be very cold and has a foul odor with an evil threatening presence. When people have tried to leave the hole by walking up the stairs they have said to experience a pushing back feeling, hindering them from leaving.
4. Canyon Ferry Mansion, Townsend
Wealthy railroad contractor and cattleman A.B. Cook built this 12,750 square foot mansion in 1914. In 1970 there was a brutal murder here when an intruder killed Franklin Hervey Cook, A.B’s stepson. The mansion was bought by owners Sandy and Steve Rose who turned it into a bed and breakfast. The mansion is said to have seven spirits and a poltergeist haunting the property and there have been many sightings. Some sightings include a man said to be Hervey Cook, a lady in the garden, a teenager crying on the stairs and old cars turning down the driveway and then disappearing. There have also been reports of a piano playing in the background even though there is no piano on the property, cold spots, items being unexplainably moved and the aroma of cigars.
5. Elks Lodge, Miles City
Elks Lodge #537 was built in 1914 and has a meeting room, clubroom, bar, ballroom and rooms for guests. During prohibition the Elk’s Lodge was a place where people could go for drinks and entertainment. According to legend there was a suicide committed there in 1936 and it is said that Bonnie and Clyde sat one-night playing cards. There have been numerous incidents reported including the ghost of a man donning a green jacket; a female ghost wearing a long dress has been seen gliding across rooms as well as unexplained footsteps and dark shadows.
6. Boulder Hot Springs Inn
In 1863 James Riley built a tavern and bathhouse for miners to use and has since been through many renovations. The Inn is now used as a conference center and is alcohol and tobacco free. There is evidence that suggests that a mining executive murdered a prostitute and she now haunts the halls. There has been the unexplained odor of perfume, footsteps in empty hallways, cold temperatures, strong energy and a woman in a white gown has been seen in numerous windows. The legend has grown so epic that people have even named the ghost, Simone, and you can even stay in her sweet, if you dare.
7. The University of Montana
Brantley Hall was built in 1922 as a dormitory and since the mid 1980’s has been used as an administrative office building. According to legend, a female student that killed her self in 1929 haunts the building. Countless incidences have been reported including, doors slamming, loud clapping, an eerie “sense of presence,” a female voice calling when the building was dark and locked, and woman’s feet underneath the bathroom partition when nobody was in the stall.
Jeanette Rankin hall was first erected in 1908 but it wasn’t until numerous transformations that it was named after Jeanette Rankin in 1983. It is said that an entire ghostly lecture class gathers and restlessly shuffles around. There have also been reports of the sound of chairs moving around coming from the second floor and windows opening after custodians have shut them.