Presently October 2021| Fun folklores and traditions

Presently October 2021

In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening – no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air.”

Alexander Smith

There are all kinds of fun activities to get into in October, especially one that calls for eerie dress-ups, full moons, pumpkin patches, and autumn spiced foods. So, grab yourself a warm mug of pumpkin spiced latte, get comfortable and read on to find out all about the special presently October has in store for you.

Welcome to October e-column

About the month of October

October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, second month of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and is the second month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The month of October has thirty-one days.

The word ‘October’ comes from the Latin word, ‘Octo’ meaning “eight.” The early Roman calendar started in March, so October was the eight month. Then the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar and the year started in January, with October being the tenth month.

To the Welsh, October is ‘Hydref’ which refers to the lowing of cattle.

With autumn dressing herself in bold and vibrant homely hues, of scarlet maple and golden leaves, the season creates a sense of inner calm. Along with special birthstone and birthflower, presently October takes a look at traditions and at some important events such as Octoberfest, Daylight Saving Time, Halloween and special astronomical celebrations.

October birthstone

Pictured above is Opal, unique and distinctly in a class by themselves. They are specially delicate, require special care and popularly worn.

This exotic gemstone comes in all shapes, translucent, transparent and in rainbow colours. It is a stone of good fortune, bringing an abundance of wealth, health and happiness.

October birth flower

October birth flower is the Calendula.

There are about fifteen species to the Calendula family. The bright orange and yellow daisy-like flowers are native to Asia, Central Europe and the Mediterranean. The name has its origin in the Latin word, ‘calendae’, meaning “the first day of the month”.

Since ancient times, the Calendula plant had been used for medicinal purposes. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, often used to treat infections.

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October Traditions, Festivals, Folklores and Events

Traditions, Festivals and Folklores

1 | The “Lost in the Dark” October Bells of St Mary’s Church, Twyford, Hampshire | October 7

Back in the 18th century, one Mr William Davis was riding home to Twyford, Hampshire on the evening of October 7. He was suddenly overcome by thick fog and could not see his way home. Just then, he heard the bells of St Mary’s Church ring and realised he was heading in the wrong direction. Mr Davis guided his galloping steed towards the sounds of the bells. They arrived home safely.

Later, he found out that he was only yards away from a deeply dug quarry pit. Had he gone further, he would have been killed.

Mr Davis died in 1754. In his Will, he left a pound for a peal of bells to be rung on each anniversary of October 7 and for a feast for the bell-ringers afterwards. The money ran out a long time ago but the Church continues on with the tradition. The bell-ringers of St Mary’s Church ring the bells twice, at 6:30 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. on October 7 every year to help travellers find their direction, should they get lost in the fog.

Where: St Mary’s Church, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1NS.

2 | Feast Day of St Keyne | October 8

A well in Cornwall is known as a ‘holy well’ and is named after a 5th century Celtic saint, Keyne (Cain Wyry, 461-505). She was the daughter of King Brychan of Brecknock. Keyne dedicated her life to Christianity. Legend has it that she planted four trees around this  well — an oak, an elm, an ash and a willow and imparted strange powers to its waters.

According to the legend, following a wedding, the first of the marriage partners to drink from well’s waters will be the dominant partner.

Robert Southey (1774-1843) wrote a poem about this Well:

A well there is in the west country,

And a clearer one never was seen,

There is not a wife in the west country

But has heard of the well of St Keyne.”

Robert Southey, An English Poet

Location: The Holy Well of St Keyne, southeast of St Keyne’s Church, St Keyne, Liskeard PL14 4RJ, Cornwall

3 | St Luke’s Day, October 18

St Luke’s Day is special in Christianity. He is the first Christian physician on record. He is the patron saint of artists, physicians, and surgeons.

However, in England, traditionally, October 18 is set aside so girls could gain an insight into their future marriage prospects. For them to see their true love, they have to adhere to some rules.

Before they get to bed, girls will have to put a mixture of spices blended with honey and vinegar on their face. When in bed, they must recite the following rhyme:

St Luke, St Luke, be kind to me;

In dreams, let me my true love see.

4 | English Pudding Season

5 | Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest has its origins as a celebration in honour of the Bavarian royal wedding in 1810. This original beer festival is celebrated in Munich, Germany. It is celebrated with traditional costumes, rides, food and lots of beer tents. The carnival style celebration begins sometime mid September and lasts till the first Sunday in October. Over the years other capital cities has adopted this celebration in recognition of their German community and is a popular event in London.

6 | Halloween

Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31. The day is said to originate in the Christian calendar, the eve of All Hallows Day. It is a day dedicated to remembering the dearly departed, the saints and martyrs. However, there are suggestions that over time, this Halloween tradition was influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Sanhaim.

Samhaim marked the end of harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year, winter. It was believed that the souls of the dead could return to Earth for one night of the year.

October – all things pumpkin and nice!

With beautiful, bright, warm and charmingly invigorating colours along with legends and Hallowee, October is also exceptional for the special aroma of spices and flavours. A unique combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice mixed together to create the tantalizing pumpkin spiced latte or pumpkin spiced cake — that little slice of heaven we, as lovers of pumpkin spice savour at this season.

Do you like pumpkin spiced latte or cake/bread? Share your views in comments below.

Quotes and Sayings in October

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves; We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn colors remind us we are all one dancing in the wind”

Lorin Morgan-Richards

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow, and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken”

Thomas Wolfe

Rain in October means wind in December

When berries are many in October; Beware a hard winter.

If the October moon comes without frost, expect no frost till the moon of November.

October astronomical events

October 8 – 9

October 20, 2021

In skylore, Hunter’s Moon is the full moon following Harvest Moon. It usually appears in October but sometimes in early November. This year, Hunter’s Moon is said to rise on October 20 for most of the world.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends for most countries in Europe and begins in Australia. The clocks go forward one hour from standard time in Australia as they enter summer time. The European countries go back one hour from standard time for winter.

In UK, remember to turn your clocks back at 02:00 a.m. on October 31.

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…and hopefully more — stay tuned

That’s a wrap from me for now, till next time. Have a super awesome month of October.

Georgina xoxo

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Halloween — Best 55 Quotes, Captions and Sayings for that creepy vibes in October

Halloween — Best 55 Quotes, Captions and Sayings to stir that creepy vibes in October

It is that time of the year when gardens and homes get draped in fake cobwebs and Halloween creepy-crawly decor makes its way to the front porches to create a perfect setting for trick-or-treaters long awaited holiday. Halloween may not be a time to make a scene for everyone but if you can’t wait to get into the spirit of all things spooky, carve jack-o-lanterns, create pumpkin spiced drinks, to pick-out your favourite costume, and let’s not forget the candy – the quotes, captions and sayings below will put you in the spookiest of moods to celebrate Halloween in all its scary nobility!

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55 of the Best Spookiest Halloween Quotes, Captions and Sayings to stir that creepy vibes in October

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3 | “We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves” – Humbert Wolfe, British Poet

4 | “On Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be” – Ava Dellaria, American Author

5 | “When the witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ’tis near Halloween” – Unknown

Related: Ghosts of Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Halloween Quotes, Captions and Sayings

Halloween quotes, captions and sayings

6 | “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – L.M. Montgomery, Canadian Author

8 | “I love Halloween, and I love that feeling; the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner” – Evan Peters, American Actor

9 | “During the day, I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little more open-minded” – Unknown

10 | “When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween” – Unknown

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11 | “Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!’ ” – Dexter Kozen

12 | “Halloween wraps fear in innocence, as though it were a slightly sour sweet. Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…” – Nicholas Gordon

13 | “I must go in. The fog is rising.” – Emily Dickinson

14 | “There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch” – Robert Brault, American Author

15 | “Magic is really very simple, all you’ve got to do is to want something, and then let yourself have it” – Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown

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16 | “There are nights when the wolves are silent, and only the moon howls” – George Carlin, American Comedian

17 | “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night” – Steve Almond, American Short Story Writer

18 | “I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old-magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.” – Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

19 | “Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” – Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

20 | “Everyday is Halloween, isn’t it? For some of us” – Tim Burton, American Filmmaker

21 | “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…and spiders!” – Unknown

22 | “The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween” – Paula Guran, American Author

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23 | “It’s a full moon tonight. That’s why all the weirdos are out” – Dani, Hocus Pocus

24 | “Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now.” – Richelle E. Goodrich, American Author

25 | “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight” – Unknown

26 | “Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves” – Elvis Durran, Radio Show personality

27 | “Have you come to sing pumpkin carols?” – Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

28 | “Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

29 | “When the witches went waltzing” – Linda Williams

30 | ” ‘Tis the night – the night of the graves delight and the warlocks are at their play; Ye think that without the wild winds shout, but no, it is they – it is they” – Arthur Cleveland Cox, American Writer

31 | “It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared” – Vincent Price

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32 | “She used to tell me that a full moon was when mysterious things happen and wishes come true” – Shannon A. Thompson, American Author

33 | “On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams. Each monster dances in the park.” – Nicholas Gordon, Poet

34 | “There is something haunting in the light of the moon” – Joseph Conrad, Polish-British Writer

35 | “The moon has awoken with the sleep of the sun, the light has been broken; the spell has begun” – Midgard Morningstar

36 | “A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in the distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man woke in the night” – J.M. Barrie, Scottish Author

37 | “October was always the least dependable of months…full of ghosts and shadows” – Joy Fielding

39 | “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see” – Edgar Allan Poe

40 | “Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative” Judy Gold, American Comedian

41 | “Witch and ghost make merry on this last day of dear October days” – Unknown

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42 | “Shadows mutter, mist replies; darkness purrs as midnight sighs” – Rusty Fischer, American Author

43 | “Men say that in this midnight hour, the disembodied have power” – William Motherwell

44 | “The dead rise again, the bats fly, terror strikes, and screams echo, for tonight its Halloween” – Unknown

45 | “Darkness falls across the land; The Midnight Hour is close at hand” – Rodney Lynn Temperton

46 | “The World turned upside down – in a good way – for one black velvet night” Karen Fortunati, American author.

47 | “Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve” – Ray Bradbury

48 | “For a witch you certainly don’t know much about how hauntings work” – Colleen Houck

49 | “Listen to them – the children of the night. What music they make!” – Bram Stoker, Irish Author

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51 | “You must believe me, it was a horseman, a dead one! Headless!” – Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow

52 | “It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus” – Max, Hocus Pocus

53 | “Trick or treat, bag of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street.” – Unknown

54 | “Sticky fingers, tired feet; one last house, trick or treat!” – Rusty Fischer, American Author

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55 | “When there is no imagination, there is no horror” – Arthur Conan Doyle, British Writer

Have a great Halloween!

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