Lesser-Known Holidays Taking Place in November

Lesser-known reasons to mark your calendars



Nov 1: National Men Make Dinner Day • Observed on the first Thursday of November, the day is targeted to men who never cook. And sorry, men, but grilling doesn’t count. As the day’s official website explains, “Since the discovery of fire, men have laid claim to cooking over open flame. The challenge of working a typical kitchen is far greater.” (menmakedinnerday.com)

Nov 13-20: World Kindness Week • Sponsored by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, the week is dedicated to—what else?—spreading kindness by asking everyone to “commit at least one act of kindness each day of the week.” (Hey, does cooking dinner count?) (randomactsofkindness.org)

Nov 17: National UnFriend Day • Started by comedian Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night talk show in 2011, the day is designed to clean house on Facebook and purge all of those so-called friends who send you too many game requests or tag you in too many unflattering photos. (facebook.com/nationalunfriendday)

Nov 19: World Toilet Day • Conceived in 2001 by the World Toilet Organization, the day is designed to “raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion people face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation.” The day is celebrated in more than 19 countries with dozens of events hosted by local sanitation and clean-water organizations. (worldtoilet.org)

Friends of uniformed service members, budding authors, and root-vegetable neophytes should take note: November is also National Military Family Appreciation Month, Novel Writing Month, and Sweet Potato Awareness Month.

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