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November is the 11th month of the year. November used to be the ninth month of the year in old Roman calendars. Novem is the Latin word for nine. November is the eleventh month in the Gregorian calendar, but we've just not gotten around to changing the name.

In the Northern Hemisphere November is late autumn, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. The leaves on trees are getting brown and falling, the weather gets steadily colder and People know the winter will soon be upon them. In the USA Presidential elections and Congressional elections are held in November so during election years Americans have something to get excited about.

In the Southern Hemisphere November is late spring and people are looking forward to the summer.

United KingdomEdit

The Anlgo-Saxons called this month Blodmonath because of ritual slaughter and the killing of animals to be salted down for the winter months ahead. When the calendar changed from Julian to Gregorian the date of the celtic festival of Samhain moved from November the 12th to November the 1st. Samhain was a quarter day and also the beginning of the Celtic new year - the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. As well as the slaughter and sacrifice great fires were lit. Most of these practices are now attached to Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and All Saints Day. [1]

JapanEdit

Japan holds culture day early in November.

Culture Day, otherwise known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honour traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace. (...) parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs. [2]
And also
Culture Day is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars. [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. November
  2. Japan: Culture Day
  3. Culture Day

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