By Alina Jawwad
November is the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of four months with the length of 30 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years and March every year. November ends on the same day of the week as August every year.
Symbols Of November
– November’s birthstones are the topaz (particularly, yellow) which symbolizes friendship and the citrine.
– Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum.
– The zodiac sign for the month of November is Scorpio (until November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 onwards).
– Color, Orange
– Middle English – novembre
– Latin name – novembrismensis – ninth month
– Old English – Blotmanad – Blood month
November In Other Languages
– Chinese (Mandarin) – shiyiyue
– Danish – november
– French – novembre
– Italian – novembre
– Latin – November
– Spanish – noviembre
More About November
– All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows Day), a Christian holy day, is celebrated on November 1. The day before, Halloween, is therefore “All Hallows Eve”.
– Independence Day in Poland on November 11.
– World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14.
– Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.
– It is the last month of the fall season.
– Independence Day in Angola on November 11.
– November in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
– Some Christian churches celebrate All Saint’s Day on the first day of November and All Souls Day on the 2nd.
– In Finland they call November ‘marraskuu’ which translates as month of the dead.
– In Ireland, November 1 is regarded as the first day of winter.
– American football is the main sport watched in the United States during this month.
– In Indonesia, November 10 is known as National Heroes Day.
– In the United States and Canada, November is National Beard Month or No Shave Month. Australians have a similar month were they grow a mustache instead of a full beard.
– Independence Day in Lebanon on November 22.
– Mark Twain, American author, was born November 30, 1835.
– Most, if not all, of the leaves have fallen off the trees by the end of November.
– In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14, the birthdate of first Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
– November comes between the fall and winter months. The leaves are almost completely gone from the trees, and the rest have lost most of their colour. The Anglo-Saxons referred to November as the ‘wind month’ and the ‘blood month’ – probably because this is the month they killed their animals for food.
– In Australia, the Melbourne Cup horse race is held annually on the first Tuesday in November.
– On November 18, 1963 Bell Telephone Company introduced to the public the push button phone.