Monthly Holiday Calendar for November


I am a man of my word. Yesterday, I promised to fill you in on all the holidays upcoming in November, and I have not forgotten.

The Monthly Holiday Calendar will be posted on the next business day after the Monthly Event Calendar post, and it will contain information on each holiday and observance day occurring in that month. There is a celebration or observance almost every day of the month, so you have plenty of options from which to choose, should you decide to purchase some promotional items tied into a specific observance.

Since we’re nearly halfway through November, I will not include the holidays and observances that have already passed, but I will include the noteworthy observances occurring in the first week of December so that you will have a little extra time to prepare for them.

Holidays & Observances for 11/7-13

As most of us already know, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day where we honor those brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Originally called Armistice Day (in recognition of the end of World War I), the USA officially changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize all men and women who have served instead of just those in the World War I. Interesting tidbit, as of this writing, there is only one known surviving American veteran from World War I.

This Saturday, 11/13 is World Kindness Day, which is a great opportunity to go out and help those less fortunate, donate to your favorite charity, or just give a hug to someone who looks like he or she may need it. More information about World Kindness Day can be found at its parent website, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Celebrate World Kindness Day

Holidays & Observances for 11/14-20

Next Sunday, 11/14, is World Diabetes Day. If you remember from yesterday’s post, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so if you can’t get a diabetes awareness promotion together in time for the weekend, bear in mind that you still have until the end of the month to do so.

November 16 is the International Day for Tolerance, an observance created in 1996 by the United Nations. Let’s remember that we’re all equal, regardless of what god we believe in, what language we speak, or the color of our skin.

A good opportunity for an educational promotion is November 17, International Students’ Day, a day that was founded in memory of nine Czechoslovakian students at the University of Prague who were attacked and executed by the Nazis on 11/17/1939. It’s important to remember that children elsewhere in the world do not have the same opportunities as those living in the USA and other so-called “Westernized” nations.

On November 18, the Great American Smokeout takes place. For the uninitiated the Great American Smokeout is where all smokers are encouraged to quit their habit on the same day, in the hopes that former smokers will lean on each other to stop smoking for good. A great promotion for the Great American Smokeout would be some Customized Gum or Printed Stress Balls.

November 19 has the auspicious honor of being both International Men’s Day and World Toilet Day (not to mention my half-birthday). According to its Wikipedia article, the former focuses on “men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.” Despite its somewhat silly name, the purpose behind World Toilet Day is quite important, as it strives to point out that the toilet is something that nearly all of us take for granted, while there are still over 2.5 billion people in the world without access to proper sanitation.

World Toilet Day

So THIS is “Flushing Meadows!”

Every Mother’s and Father’s Day, I would ask my parents when was Kids’ Day, to which they would invariably reply, “Every day is kids’ day.” As it turns out, they were wrong. November 20 is International Children’s Day, and it actually predates both Mother’s and Father’s Day. So take that, Mom and Dad!

Holidays & Observances for 11/21-27

In addition to being Thanksgiving, November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a cause that’s near and dear to me personally. Another day commemorated by the United Nations, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women brings to the forefront systemized violence or disparagement of women in countries all over the world.

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time in our past where the day after Thanksgiving was just another day at work. I don’t imagine the Pilgrims woke up at 3 AM the day after their repast with the indiginous peoples to snag a killer early morning deal on some new horseshoes from the local blacksmith. These days, Thankgiving is just the all-too-brief preface to 30 days of unbridled commercialism that kicks off with Black Friday. Great for a Black Friday promotion, a Custom Promotional Alarm Clock will ensure that your customers or clients wake up early on Black Friday and see your company first.

Holidays & Observances for 11/28-12/5

The classier, more poised cousin to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, is November 29. Why not pick up some Promotional Mice or Personalized Mouse Pads for your clients or customers to help them with their online shopping?

On December 1, World AIDS Day takes place. World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic that continues to rage across the globe. There are many AIDS awareness campaigns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your own. Think about picking up some Red Awareness Ribbon keychains to kick-start your fund-raiser or benefit dinner.

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, another day of observance founded by the United Nations. If you know someone or have clients with a disability, December 3 is a great day to show them that you care.

Perhaps the observance for which I’m most excited, the Day of the Ninja falls on December 5. Think about getting some stealth tumblers or a handy custom survival tool for all the agile customers or employees of yours.

The Bottom Line

Promotional events work great when tied in with holiday, and November is chock full of holidays and observances for you to tie into your promotion, so you don’t have to settle for turkey-shaped pencils if you don’t want to. Don’t forget that this is the sister post to our Monthly Event Calendar, so if you didn’t see a holiday suitable for your promotion, check what month-long events are occurring this month.

Items featured here are subject to availability. If the item you want is out of stock, please us. A promotion specialist will be glad to help you out.

Did I miss a holiday? Have a success story to share with a promotion tied to an holiday or observance? Tell me about it!



International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenWikipedia: The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134).

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