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November is the 11th month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years, and March every year.

November is associated with the 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.

Events in November

Month-long observances

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness month[1], National Novel Writing Month, Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, American Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, National Pomegranate Month in the United States[2], and the month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory in the Roman Catholic Church.

It is quite common for some males in Australia (especially in the city of Melbourne), and New Zealand to sport a moustache during the month of November. The custom being known as Movember (Movember is a portmanteau of the words 'Moustache' and 'November'.), and being a fundraising event for men's health issues. One's fashionable appearance often comes second to the calling of Movember. A similar observance in the United States and Canada, called Novembeard or No Shave November (originally referred to as No-Shave-For-a-Month but was considered too long and many males forgot what month it actually occurred in so the name was changed[citation needed]), involves a full beard as opposed to a mustache. Many women also embrace the No Shave November holiday to take a break from their regular shaving rituals.

Movable events

First Tuesday

Tuesday After the First Monday

Third Wednesday

  • GIS Day is held the 3rd Wednesday of November during Geography Awareness Week.

Third Thursday

  • The Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society occurs on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving. Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking for these 24 hours, in hopes that they will quit forever.

Fourth Thursday in the USA

  • Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

The day after Thanksgiving in the USA

Monday immediately following Thanksgiving Day in the USA


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