Indiana Immigration Law October 2018

Building Your Future in the United States The Immigration Insider

October 2018

From the Desk of

Clare Corado

Every day is a holiday when you celebrate these days in October!

1. International Day for the Elderly

16. Bosses Day

apples bats & chicken feed S ecret O rigins of H alloween T raditions

17. National Pasta Day

2. NameYour Car Day

18. No Beard Day

3. National Boyfriends Day

19. EvaluateYour Life Day

4. National Golf Day

20. Brandied Fruit Day

5. WorldTeachers’Day

21. Count Your Buttons Day

What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions.

6. World Card Making Day

22. National Nut Day

7. Bald and Free Day

Where did all these bats come from?

23. TVTalk ShowHost Day

8. AmericanTouch Tag Day

Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th-century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were What’s up with bobbing for apples?

24. National Bologna Day

9. Leif Erikson Day

10. TakeYour Teddy Bear toWork Day

25. Punk for a Day Day

26. Frankenstein Friday

11. It’s My Party Day

27. National Tell a Story Day

12. Moment of

Frustration Day

28. Plush Animal Lovers’Day

13. International Skeptics Day

29. Hermit Day

14. National Dessert Day

30. Mischief Night

15. White Cane Safety Day

31. Halloween

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