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Monday: World Pasta Day

Today is World Pasta Day! According to nationaltoday.com, people have been enjoying eating pasta since around 5,000 B.C. Enjoy your favorite pasta dish today, whether it be alfredo, marinara or scampi. The ways to eat pasta are endless. Grab some at the dining hall for dinner, or treat yourself with friends or family at Olive Garden. If you’re not feeling Italian pasta, order pad thai or lo mein at a local Chinese restaurant. Oct. 25 is also International Artist Day, National Greasy Foods Day and National I Care About You Day.

Tuesday: National Pumpkin Day

Oct. 26 is National Pumpkin Day, and what better time to celebrate with Halloween right around the corner! As we near the end of October, the clock is ticking to make sure you get all the essential fall activities in. Gather your friends and family and head over to a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Carve them with silly or scary faces, or any design of your choice. Bake some pumpkin pie from scratch, and light a pumpkin spice scented candle to make your home smell like the sweet scents of fall. After all, who doesn’t love pumpkins? Oct. 26 is also National Chicken Fried Steak Day, National Mincemeat Day and National Day of the Deployed.

Wednesday: National American Beer Day

Today is National American Beer Day. The city of Orono couldn’t be a more perfect location to celebrate this national holiday today! With breweries all around town, as well as many in the Bangor area, there are countless locations to test out new IPA’s with friends and family. Head on over to Marsh Island Brewing, Orono Brewing Company and Woodman’s Brew Pub all in Orono to try their craft beers. Venture out into Bangor to try Bangor Beer Co. and Sea Dog Brewing Company. You can cross the river to try Mason’s Brewing Company in Brewer! Oct. 27 is also National Mentoring Day, National Black Cat Day and Cranky Co-Workers Day.

Thursday: National Chocolate Day

Oct. 28 is National Chocolate Day! According to nationaltoday.com, the invention of chocolate can be dated back around 2,500 years ago to the Aztecs. The Aztecs believed their god of wisdom bestowed chocolate upon them. Take time today to indulge in delicious chocolate, whether it be milk, dark or white. Snack on your favorite candy bar or bake some brownies. You can even throw a chocolate party with friends! Everyone can bring their favorite chocolate dish and celebrate their sweet tooths together. Oct. 28 is also National Immigrants Day, National First Responders Day and International Animation Day.

Friday: National Cat Day

Calling all feline lovers, because today is National Cat Day! Show your furry friends some extra love and attention today. Post about them on social media, give them a new toy or some treats, enjoy their company and spread the word about how great cats are. If you don’t have a cat, visit a friend who does. This holiday can even be beneficial to your health. According to purrfectpost.com, a cat’s purr can release endorphins, lower your stress levels, help you heal from illnesses and even lower your blood pressure. It is also important to remember to support the hundreds of cats that call shelters their homes. Donate to a local shelter or even adopt a new friend. Take today to enjoy some animal therapy and appreciate all the good that cats bring into our lives. Oct. 29 is also National Internet Day, National Oatmeal Day and National Breadstick Day.