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Reasons to Celebrate November in Des Moines


November, say it out loud. It has a nice sound to it. Is your mouth smiling yet? I get the impression that you are enjoying the sound. Well, get ready to enjoy it even more! November is a great month, and you don’t even know why yet. Let me enlighten you to all of the fun things this month has in store for us. So read on and let me tell you why you should be celebrating in November!

There are so many reasons to celebrate November. It is the time of year when we say, “Thank you” to people who have helped us throughout the year, whether it be our colleagues, friends, family, or simply someone who has done something nice for us. All around the globe people set aside time to show appreciation toward the people they care about. The days gets shorter and cooler that comes with November, it can be a nice time to be outdoors, but it’s usually around 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit this time of the year.

November may not be the most exciting month of the year, but there are definitely some reasons to celebrate. The holiday season is coming up soon, which is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. And if that’s not enough, you can always enjoy a cupcake instead.

November is turning up the heat with three major holidays! You may have already thought about what to do this Diwali, but has your calendar filled up with Thanksgiving plans for November 25th? We’ve compiled a list of all the major holidays in November in 2021, along with some background information on each day. So whether you’re in the United States or abroad, check out these big November holidays!


1. Diwali, commonly known as the Festival of Lights, kicks off in November! It is one of the most important holidays in India, and it is celebrated all over the world. If you’re like me and want to know what Diwali is all about, read more info here.

2. Coming up is one of the biggest holidays of the year in the United States…the holidays. Holidays are great times to spend with family and friends, and Thanksgiving serves as a wonderful bridge from fall to winter. It also marks a very helpful day on the US Calendar – it’s  the first big American holiday after Daylight Savings Time begins. In other words, it saves you from what could be a long post-Thanksgiving work week as you transition from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. Thanksgiving traditionally involves giving thanks and sharing what you have with others, and it always involves food. Whether you are thankful for friends, family or other things, Thanksgiving can be a time to reflect on who and what is important in your life.  Have you already planned your menu for Thanksgiving? Are you going to prepare a Thanksgiving feast dish? Check these recipes out.

3. Hannukah also begins at the end of the month, and celebrating families will light each candle of the menorah over the course of eight days (Hannukah is also known as the festival of lights). Read more.


“Woman Injured by Black Friday Crowd,” we’ve all seen the headlines. That’s definitely sad. Second, if you’ve ever been to a Black Friday sale in the United States, you’ve witnessed the chaos that this event creates. With the rush of, well, rushing, there’s a little bit of pleasant exhilaration! Nonetheless, exercise caution! Black Friday sales turn stores into a zoo.

It’s November – and the holiday shopping season is in full swing. For Black Friday, if you’re not doing online shopping, there’s little doubt that you may be taking advantage of the deals that brick and mortar stores are making available. So that begs the questions: Are you prepared for the holidays? One thing that everyone should prepare for is to win some free money!

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses and stores to hold off on Black Friday sales due to high mortality and infection rates among the general population. Now that the pandemic has retreated, like a bad cold you had last year, Black Friday is making a comeback. This time, however, it will be fully armed with all the sales and discounts for which we’ve come to expect.

Some other highlights for November:

  • November 1: All Saints Day
  • November 1: National Author’s Day
  • November 4: Diwali
  • November 7: Daylight Savings Day
  • November 7: National Cancer Awareness Day
  • November 8: National STEM/STEAM Day
  • November 10: Sesame Street Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 13: World Kindness Day
  • November 14: World Diabetes Day
  • November 15: National Recycling Day
  • November 16: Bhai Dooj
  • November 17: National Hiking Day
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • November 23: National Espresso Day
  • November 23: National Adoption Day
  • November 23: Fibonacci Day
  • November 25: National Day of Mourning
  • November 26: Black Friday
  • November 27: Small Business Saturday
  • November 28: Hannukah
  • November 29: Cyber Monday
  • November 30: Giving Tuesday

If there weren’t already enough to appreciate in November…

  • No Shave November
  • National Scholarship Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Military Family Month
  • National Home Care and Hospice Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Vegan Month

What do you plan to celebrate this month? Whatever you do, make time to appreciate friends and family — and all that is bright (and delicious!) in your life. Maybe a nostalgic return to a wonderfully whimsical classic film will hit the spot, or a luncheon with a close friend at a cozy little café could be just the thing. Or maybe you’d like to create some new adventures, from promising possibilities you’ve been putting off till it feels silly anymore ― from lunch with an old friend, to a movie-binge fest, or letting go of guilt for not getting any of it done!

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