November International Holidays 2018

thanksgiving-3719247_1920In the United States, when we think of November holidays, the first to come to mind is usually Thanksgiving. Here are a few facts about the modern-day Thanksgiving celebration:

  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863
  • Today, 96% of American families will gather together for a Thanksgiving feast
  • 23% of those families will have more than 12 guests at their table
  • We spend an average of 7 hours cooking the feast…
  • …and the average amount of time spent eating the feast is 16 minutes!

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you spend more or less time cooking and eating than the average? At my house we usually have 8-20 guests, I cook for well OVER 7 hours, and we probably spend about the average time eating. But all that time and effort is worth it because we get to spend time together giving thanks.

Holidays celebrated around the world in November (this is not an exhaustive list, please comment with additional holidays and celebrations):

1st November

All Saints' Day: Austria, Belgium, Chile, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Monaco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Seychelles, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela

All Saints' Eve: Gabon

Independence Day: Antigua & Barbuda

Remembrance Day: Slovenia

Revolution Day: Algeria

2nd November

All Soul’s Day: Angola, Austria, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Venezuela

All Saints’ Day: Bolivia

Reformation Day: Chile

3rd November

All Saints’ Day: Finland

Culture Day: Japan

Independence Day: Dominica, Panama

Independence of Cuenca: Ecuador

5th November

All Saints’ Day: Colombia

Guy Fawkes' Day: United Kingdom

10th November

Ataturk Memorial Day: Turkey

11th November

Armistice Day: Belgium, France, French Polynesia

Father’s Day: Finland

Independence Day: Angola, Poland

Remembrance Day: Bermuda, Canada

Republic Day: Maldives

Saint Martin’s Day: Germany

Veterans Day: United States of America, Puerto Rico

12th November

Independence of Cartagena: Colombia

14th November

Colombian Women's Day: Colombia

15th November

National Peace Day: Ivory Coast

Proclamation of the Republic: Brazil

18th November

Independence Day: Morocco

National Day: Oman

Vertieres' Day: Haiti

19th November

Discovery Day: Puerto Rico

Garifuna Settlement Day: Belize

National Day: Monaco

20th November

Revolution Day Memorial: Mexico

22nd November

Independence Day: Lebanon

Thanksgiving: United States of America

23rd November

Labor Thanksgiving Day: Japan

25th November

Independence Day: Suriname

28th November

Independence Day: Albania, Mauritania

Proclamation of the Republic: Chad

30th November

Bonifacio Day: Philippines

Independence Day: Barbados

St. Andrew's Day: Scotland


Rapport International works with customers who do business internationally or with culturally diverse customers, and we love to celebrate with our clients. We hope you’ve enjoyed the information above, and that you’ll join us in celebrating on a global level.

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