It’s October, and there are several October celebrations that have histories kids might like to investigate.
Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day): Germany (October 3rd). The re-unification of Germany wasn’t all that long ago (1990), but it’s far enough back to be history to the children of the new millennium.
The Rederie d’Amiens (Flea Market of Amiens): France (October 6th) Not a celebration as such, just an annual event that brings over 80,000 visitors to Amiens every autumn. But the first one was over a hundred years ago, so that makes it historic. And after picking up some antiques or collectables, bargain hunters can check out the cathedral, the house of Jules Verne, the Musee de Picardie, or take a day trip out to the Battlefields of the Somme.
Labour Day: Australia, specifically Queensland, New South Wales, Australia Capital Territory & South Australia (October 7th).
Leif Erikson Day: U.S.A. (October 9th) and Columbus Day: U.S.A. (October 14th), which could lead to a discussion on which of them should get the most credit for making his way to America and colonizing it for his homeland. (Both of them ignoring the fact that it already had people who considered it their homeland.)
Thanksgiving: Canada (October 14th)
Eid-al-Adha: Muslim Countries and Communities (Octobe14th/15th).
All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween: In various corners of the Earth (October 31st) When I was a child, England wasn’t one of those corners, but apparently it is now.
* If any visitors to this blog feel there are others of merit, please let me know.