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National Holidays: Oct. 18 through Oct. 22

Monday: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Start your week off with a sweet treat because today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. According to, this delicious dessert food was first introduced in the 1796 cookbook “American Cookery,” written by Amelia Simmons. Simmons was the first American to write a cookbook. Good thing she did, because now chocolate cupcakes are enjoyed nationwide. Whether it be store-bought or homemade, chocolate cupcakes are perfect for parties and gatherings. There is no shame, though, if you want to eat them on an ordinary day! Celebrate today by baking the sweet treat yourself or buying them from a local bakery business. Oct. 18 is also National No Beard Day, National Health Education Week and Health Care Aide Day.

Tuesday: National New Friends Day

As we enter the heart of fall, staple seasonal activities such as corn mazes, apple picking and pumpkin carving are happening. With today being National New Friends Day, take the leap and invite new friends to enjoy these activities with you! Whether it be friends you just met or people you have been meaning to introduce yourself to, use this opportunity to grow new friendships and create everlasting memories and connections. You never know, they may just end up being your best friend. Oct. 19 is also National Seafood Bisque Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day and LGBT Center Awareness Day.

Wednesday: International Sloth Day

Today is the perfect time for animal lovers to celebrate an incredible creature. Oct. 20 is International Sloth Day. According to, the pygmy sloth is critically endangered and the maned sloth is vulnerable. Show these animals some love and support today by donating to wildlife organizations to help save and preserve their species. If you are unable to donate, share about it on social media! Spread the word, visit your local zoo and overall show your appreciation for sloths. Oct. 20 is also National Medical Assistants Day, National Day on Writing and International Chefs Day.

Thursday: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Halloween is approaching and fall is in full swing. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, so what better way to celebrate the season than to eat a fall-themed dessert! According to, cheesecake dates all the way back to Greece in the 5th century B.C. Nowadays, cheesecake can be found in all sorts of flavors from oreo to birthday cake to coconut creme. To celebrate fall, take advantage of this holiday and indulge with some pumpkin cheesecake. If you don’t like pumpkin, then try caramel apple cheesecake to stay in the fall spirit! Oct. 21 is also National Reptile Day, National Apple Day and National Pets for Veterans Day.

Friday: National Color Day

Today is National Color Day! This day can be celebrated in a countless number of ways. Wear your favorite color to work or school. Tie-dye some shirts with your friends. You could even take some time alone to immerse yourself in a coloring book or create a colorful painting! With a holiday that is limitless, anything is possible today with how you want to celebrate colors. Oct. 22 is also National Nut Day, International Stuttering Awareness Day and International Caps Lock Day.

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