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National Holidays: Nov. 1 through Nov. 5

Monday: National Author’s Day

As we settle into November, colder weather approaches and hot cocoa, crackling fireplaces and cozy knit blankets are back in season. The best way to get into the cozy spirit is to curl up with your favorite books on a crisp and chilly day. Today is the perfect day to do this, as it’s National Author’s Day! Pick up a novel by your favorite author and appreciate their talent to deliver encapsulating stories. Share your favorite author with friends and family in-person or on social media. Nov. 1 is also World Vegan Day, National Cook For Your Pets Day and National Cinnamon Day.

Tuesday: Day of the Dead

Nov. 2 is the Day of the Dead, also known as Día de los Muertos. According to, this is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating loved ones who have passed away by decorating their altars with their favorite foods, drinks and photos. On this day, it is believed that the souls of departed loved ones return from the dead to visit their living family members. Sugar skulls, sombreros and face painting are staples of this holiday. It is important to remember the origins of this tradition and the culture it belongs to. When celebrating, make sure to be respectful and show appreciation to Mexican culture and the history of this holiday. Nov. 2 is also National Deviled Egg Day and Election Day.

Wednesday: National Stress Awareness Day

With the second half of the semester in full gear and finals quickly approaching, National Stress Awareness Day today is the perfect opportunity to step back, collect yourself and take a long, deep breath. Stress can easily be ignored, and if it is pushed to the back burner of your mind, it can eventually boil over. It is important to take the time and energy in order to make sure you participate in activities and self-care that can help put your anxiety at ease. Semester burnout is real, but there are ways to help it! Have a spa night, decompress with friends and family or even pick a night to do absolutely nothing. Whatever soothes your senses, do that, because mental health is crucial to staying sane and successful. Nov. 3 is also National Sandwich Day and National Homemaker Day.

Thursday: National Candy Day

Today is National Candy Day! This holiday couldn’t come at a better time, as many are still left with heaps of candy after a successful night of trick-or-treating. Take time today to eat some candy and share some with family and friends. If you’re feeling creative, you can even fill little baggies with candy and share them with your classmates and professors. Whatever you decide, today is all about enjoying candy! If your sweet tooth is overloaded from Halloween this past weekend, fruit is always a great option too, also known as nature’s candy. Nov. 4 is also International Stout Day and Use Your Common Sense Day.

Friday: National Jersey Friday

Nov. 5 is National Jersey Friday! Show your Black Bear pride with your favorite University of Maine jersey today, or support your favorite NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL team. Whether it’s for the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox or even the New England Patriots, every team is welcome. Dress up with your friends and family and spread the joy that sports games bring to their fans each season. With UMaine’s home football game coming up on Nov. 6, now is also the perfect time to get into the Black Bear spirit. Flaunt your blue apparel from the bookstore and support the college of our hearts, always! Nov. 5 is also National Redhead Day, American Football Day and Fountain Pen Day.

All holidays were found on Be sure to keep up to date with our regularly featured holidays featured both on our Instagram @themainecampus and website.

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