November 1st Special Days - Featuring 14+ Day of the Dead Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 01, 2018 | 0 comments
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Image: Day of the Dead in Mexico, by Darvin Santos on Pixabay

November 1st is... Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos/Dios Los Muertos, Give up Your Shoulds Day, All Saints Day/All Hallows Tide/All Hallows' Day/Feast of All Saints/Hallowmas/Solemnity of All Saints, Hockey Mask Day, National Authors Day, National Family Literacy Day, National Cook for Your Pets Day, National French Fried Clam Day/National Deep Fried Clams Day, Latina Women's Equal Pay Day, National Calzone Day, National Brush Day, National Pate Day, International Project Management Day, International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day, DM Your Crush Day, Janet Jackson Day, Prime Meridian Day, National Vinegar Day, World Vegan Day, Extra Mile Day, Autistic Speaking Day, Kite Festival in Guatemala, Outdoor Classroom Day (UK), National Non-Fiction Day (UK)

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

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Image: The Day of the Dead / El Dia De Los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration (Spanish Edition), by Bob Barner (Author). Publisher: Holiday House; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2011)Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos/Dios Los Muertos
-- A Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular, the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christianity triduum of Allhallowtide: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day.

Read: The Day of the Dead / El Dia De Los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration
-- Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors in this bilingual introduction to el Día de Los Muertos -- the Day of the Dead! They prepare offerings of flowers, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods to eat and share. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. After hours of singing, dancing, and reminiscing, it's time for bed. The festivities are described in brief, lyrical text, presented in both Spanish and English. An author's note provides more detail on the holiday, its historical context, and the inspiration behind the artwork.

Image: Fun Express Day of The Dead Handheld MasksDay Of The Dead Handheld Masks -- With these stick masks now anyone can transform into a skeleton ready to celebrate the Day of the Dead! Hand them out to party guests as a fun party favor or use them to decorate your classroom when teaching students about Day of the Dead celebrations.

Day of the Dead doll Kit -- Knit your own Day of the Dead doll Kit DIY with pattern and knitting needles, yarn, felt, eyes, etc! A wonderful gift for a geeky knitter; or make one for yourself or for a special child, birthday present, stocking stuffer, trick or treat pal, and so forth!

Hand Painted Day of the Dead Mexican Talavera Tiles -- 30 Day of the Dead 2" x 2" Mexican Tiles. Each one is unique and Handpainted by a Talavera artist. Our Talavera is 100% First Quality-No Seconds or Apprentice produced.

Day of the Dead Coloring Books

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:

💀 Make your own sugar skull mask

💀 Dia de Los Muertos (Mexico - Day of the Dead) | Free Coloring Pages

💀 Day of the Dead Educational Activity Guide - Mexic-Arte Museum

💀 Day of the Dead Colouring Pages for Grown-Ups

💀 25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects

💀 Craft a Festive Day of the Dead

💀 Day of the Dead Party

💀 Day of the Dead Tic Tac Toe Printable

💀 Day of the Dead Party Printable Cupcake Toppers | Woo! Jr. Kids

💀 100+ Day of the Dead Craft Ideas

💀 Halloween - Day of the Dead Doll Papercraft

💀 Day of the Dead Lanterns PaperCrafter project

💀 Mexican Day of the Dead Stickers

💀 bl25 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

Men Make Dinner Day
- There are many households in the United States where the man of the house never cooks for his family. This holiday is an attempt to get those men to take one day out of the year and cook dinner for the family. One guaranteed meal cooked by the man of the house one day of the year!

Give up Your Shoulds Day
- For one day, you are invited to give up a certain should which leads to stress, guilt, misery, or any sort of sadness. A should is any rigid thought you carry about yourself, the people around you, and the world.

All Saints Day
- Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation. In honor of all the saints, known and unknown. Commemorates the blessed, especially those who have no special feast days.

National Authors Day
- By celebrating an Authors' Day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty, and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America.

National Family Literacy Day
- Family literacy programs bring parents and children together in the classroom to learn and support each other in efforts to further their education and improve their life skills.

National Cook for Your Pets Day
- With all the pet food recalls and contamination concerns, this day focuses on pet nutrition and encourages people to make sure their pets are properly fed. Treat your pet to a nutritious home-cooked meal today!

National French Fried Clam Day
- In 1916, Chubby invented the fried clam and presented his new delicacy — clams from the shell coated with cornmeal and deep-fried in a kettle — during the 4th of July parade in Essex, MA. It has been said deep-fried clams are to New England what barbecue is to the South.

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