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November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, the fourth and last of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fifth and last of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. In Ancient Rome, Ludi Plebeii was held from November 4–17, Epulum Jovis was held on November 13, and Brumalia celebrations began on November 24. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.

November was referred to as Blōtmōnaþ by the Anglo-Saxons. Brumaire and Frimaire were the months on which November fell in the French Republican Calendar.


November meteor showers include the Andromedids; which occurs from September 25 to December 6 and generally peak around November 9–14, the Leonids; which occur from November 15–20, the Alpha Monocerotids; which occur from November 15–25 with the peak on November 21–22, the Northern Taurids; which occur from October 20 to December 10, and the Southern Taurids which occur from September 10 – November 20, and the Phoenicids; which occur from November 29 to December 9 with the peak occurring on December 5–6. The Orionids, which occur in late October, sometimes last into November.


The Western zodiac signs for the month of November are Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21).

November symbols

  • November's birthstones are the topaz (particularly, yellow) which symbolizes friendship and the citrine.
  • Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum.[1]

November observances

This list does not necessarily imply either official status or general observance.

Non-Gregorian observances: 2018 dates

(Please note that all Baha'i, Islamic, and Jewish observances begin at sundown prior to the date listed, and end at sundown of the date in question unless otherwise noted.)

Month-long observances

United States

Movable observances, 2017 dates

First Thursday: November 2

First Friday: November 3

Saturday between October 31 – November 6: November 4

First Saturday: November 4

Week of November 8: November 5–11

Week of November 11: November 5–11

First Sunday: November 5

First Monday: November 6

Tuesday after the first Monday: November 7

Second Thursday: November 9

Second Saturday: November 11

Second Sunday: November 12

Second Monday: November 13

Third week: November 12–18

Weekdays of the third week: November 13–17

Wednesday of the third week: November 15

Third Thursday: November 16

Third Friday: November 17 International Stand Up to Bullying Day Saturday before Fourth Thursday: November 18

Third Friday until the next Monday: November 17–20

Third Sunday: November 19

Third Monday: November 20

Third Tuesday: November 21

Week of the fourth Thursday: November 19–25

Day before fourth Thursday: November 22

Fourth Thursday: November 23

Day after fourth Thursday: November 24

Saturday after Thanksgiving

Fourth Sunday

Fourth Saturday

Last Sunday

Monday immediately following fourth Thursday

Tuesday immediately following fourth Thursday

Last Wednesday

Last Week

Fixed observances

American Thanksgiving is celebrated in November


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  2. ^ "Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month". 
  3. ^ NSFC Admin. "Stomach Cancer Awareness Month". 
  4. ^ "To mark Transgender Awareness Month this November, the National LGBTQ Task Force's Executive Director Rea Carey has issued the following statement: – LGBT Weekly". LGBT Weekly. 
  5. ^ "National Blog Posting Month". 
  6. ^ "National Homeless Youth Awareness Month (November 2015)". 
  7. ^ "November Is National Pomegranate Month!". Farmers' Almanac. 
  8. ^ "November 10: World Keratoconus Day". Keratoconus Group. 
  9. ^ "NKCF, December 2016 E-Update" (PDF). National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF). 
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