The Month of November 2021: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
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Everything You Need to Know About November!
October 12, 2021
What’s happening in November? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when the best of cooks can shine and the best of eaters will surely get their fill ahead of winter. Here’s what November brings—from weather forecasts to folklore!
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …
–Robert Frost (1874-1963)
The Month of November
November, the 11th month of the year, has 30 days and marks the beginning of the winter holiday season for most folks, even if the winter solstice doesn’t occur until late December.
We’ve made this month, named for the ninth (novem) month in the early Roman calendar, into a social time of community suppers, feasts of thanksgiving, and general elections.
November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month—who knew? Here are some more wacky celebrations to look forward to:
Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
Nov. 3: Zero-Tasking Day
Nov. 9: National Scrapple Day
Nov. 16: National Button Day
Nov. 21: World Hello Day
Nov. 23: Fibonacci Day
November Moon & Astronomy
The Full Beaver Moon
November’s full Moon is traditionally called the Beaver Moon. Why this name? In the Colonial Era, this was the month to set one’s beaver traps before the swamps froze and beavers retired to their lodges, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
In 2021, November’s full Moon occurs on Friday, November 19, at 3:59 A.M.EST. Read our November Moon page for more information!
Catch a Partial Lunar Eclipse
On the night of November 19, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of North America. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 1:00 AMEST on November 19 (10:00 PMPST, November 18) and umbra at 2:18 AMEST on November 19 (11:18 PMEST, November 18). It will leave the umbra at 5:47 AMEST (2:47 AMPST) and penumbra at 7:06 AMEST (4:06 AMPST) on November 19.
According to weather folklore, a heavy November snow will last until April.
November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber color. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honor and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom. Learn more about topaz—and November birthstones.
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November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. A red one conveys “I love you.” White symbolizes truth or pure love. A yellow one indicates slighted love. Learn more about the birth flower of November.