List of Important Days of October 2023

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October 2023 brought with it a bouquet of important days and events. Whether you're preparing for exams, looking for reasons to celebrate, or just planning your holidays, this month had something for everyone. To help you plan your month effectively, we've compiled a list of essential dates and events for October 2023. From national observances to international celebrations, the month of October promises a lively and exciting time.

Many competitive exams include a section dedicated to GK. Knowledge of important days, national and international events, and historical commemorations is a key component of this section. Questions about important days are often relatively straightforward, providing opportunities for candidates to secure easy marks.

So, let's delve into this blog to tap into October's important events.

Important Days in October 2023


Important Days in October


1st October

International Day for the Elderly

October 1 is the International Day of Older Persons, dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the contributions of the elderly in our society. This day, endorsed by the United Nations, is actively promoted by the World Health Organization to raise awareness.

1st October

International Coffee Day

This day is a celebration of coffee's diversity, quality, and passion, bringing coffee lovers together. It's also a chance to support the millions of farmers whose lives revolve around this aromatic crop.

1st October

World Vegetarian Day

Established in 1977, World Vegetarian Day celebrates the vegetarian lifestyle and its benefits. Recognized globally, it encourages awareness and appreciation of different vegetarian diets.

1st October

International Music Day

Since October 1, 1975, International Music Day, organized by the International Music Council, aims to unite people through artistic expressions, especially music, which transcends boundaries. It symbolizes equality by resonating with everyone.

2nd October

Gandhi Jayanti

A national holiday in honor of Mahatma Gandhi, celebrated for his major role in India's independence. Since 2007, it's also the International Day of Non-Violence, promoting his message of peace worldwide.

2nd October

International Day of Non-Violence

On Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, we celebrate his leadership in India's independence and his non-violence philosophy. It's a day to honor timeless values like respect, justice, and peaceful action he advocated for.

2nd October

World Habitat Day

The objective of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about the status of our cities & the fundamental right of all people to adequate housing and take steps to reduce poverty.

4th October

World Animal Welfare Day

This day is dedicated to improving animal welfare standards around the globe. The bond between humans and animals is celebrated on World Animal Day.

5th October

World Teachers’ Day

This day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO and UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. Basically, Teacher's Day is celebrated since ILO and UNESCO joined forces to give teachers the respect they deserve

6th October

World Cerebral Palsy Day

his day serves as a platform to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy to support those living with this condition, and advocate for greater inclusion and understanding. Children and adults affected by cerebral palsy often face challenges that hinder their full participation in society.

6th October

World Smile Day

This was celebrated in Worcester, MA in 1999 as a way to motivate people to do acts of kindness and spread happiness by simply smiling and has continued each year since then. After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honour his name and memory.

7th October

World Cotton Day

 This day is an opportunity to highlight the role of cotton in creating jobs and maintaining economic stability in cotton-producing countries, especially in least-developed countries (LDCs).

8th October

Indian Air Force Day

This day is honored, and a tribute is paid to the courageous warriors and their families who put their lives in danger to protect the country.

9th October

World Post Office Day

World Postal Day is observed to promote awareness about the importance of the postal service in people’s daily lives.

10th October

World Mental Health Day

The overall objective of this day is to raise mental health awareness and mobilize actions to promote improved mental health.

10th October

National Post Day

This day is observed to recognize the role played by the Indian Postal Department for more than 150 years. The British brought postal service to India. Lord Dalhousie established it in 1854.

11th October

International Girl Child Day

This day emphasizes the difficulties of gender inequality that girls face in today’s society, such as education, legal rights, and employment opportunities.

12th October

World Arthritis Day

WAD, known as World Arthritis Day, happens on October 12th each year. Its goal is to make people everywhere more aware of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, also called RMDs, and how they affect us.

12th October

World Sight Day

Every year, on the second Thursday of October, there's a worldwide event to focus on blindness and vision problems. It all started in 2000 with the SightFirst Campaign of the Lions Club International Foundation.

13th October

UN International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

This day is observed every year to promote awareness about disaster reduction.

13th October

World Egg Day

World Egg Day is a global celebration held on the second Friday of October. It's all about telling everyone how good eggs are for our nutrition and how they help feed families worldwide. This special day was created at a meeting in Vienna back in 1996.

14th October

World Standards Day

This day is all about giving a big shoutout to experts from around the world. They team up to make important rules called International Standards, which make things safe and consistent everywhere. So, we celebrate and appreciate their efforts on this special day.

15th October

World Students Day

This day commemorates A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary and his accomplishments and contributions to education and students.

15th October

International Day of Rural Women

This day was created to recognize how important rural women are in their communities and the world's economy. We celebrate their crucial role in farming, making food, and developing rural areas. The theme emphasizes the contributions of all rural women and girls, including those from indigenous and tribal backgrounds, who make up a big part of the farming workforce in many developing countries.

15th October

World White Cane Day

This day holds major significance as it is observed to cherish the achievements of people who have won against physical limitations & gained independence from all the bars that came with their blindness.

15th October

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

On October 15 each year, we have a special day to remember and honor babies who were lost during pregnancy or after birth. This includes situations like miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, ectopic pregnancy, medical reasons for ending a pregnancy, and the loss of a newborn baby.

15th October

Global Handwashing Day

This day reminds us that keeping our hands clean is really important and can help save lives. The main aim is to make sure that washing our hands with soap becomes a regular habit for everyone, no matter where they are.

16th October

World Food Day

This day raises global awareness that food is a fundamental human right, and it encourages sustainable agriculture and the elimination of hunger.

16th October

World Anaesthesia Day

This day wants to tell people why anesthesia is crucial in medical care. It also cheers for all the anesthesia providers worldwide. So, thanks to anesthesia, patients can have surgeries without feeling any pain.

17th October

International Poverty Eradication Day

To increase awareness of those who are struggling & living in poverty and promote the eradication of poverty through mutual support.

20th October

National Solidarity Day

All Indians are reminded of the importance of unity and integrity in safeguarding our country on National Solidarity Day.

20th October

World Osteoporosis Day

The day is dedicated to spread the global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis.

21st October

Police Martyrs’ Day

On October 21, there was a sad event when China fired at 20 soldiers in Ladakh, and sadly, 10 Indian soldiers lost their lives. To honor these brave soldiers, every year on October 21, we remember them on Police Commemoration Day.

22nd October

International Stuttering Awareness Day

The goal is to make more people aware of the difficulties faced by millions (about 1% of the world's population) who have trouble speaking smoothly due to stuttering. In 1998, October 22 was chosen as International Stuttering Awareness Day to highlight this issue.

24th October

United Nations Day

The United Nations Day commemorates the UN Charter’s entry into force and the Organization’s creation in 1945.

24th October

ITBP Raising Day

ITBP stands for Indo-Tibetan Border Police. We celebrate this day to honor the brave border police who protect our nation along the India-China border, even in challenging, high-altitude areas from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh. Because this day is significant for defense, you can expect questions about ITBP Raising Day 2023 in competitive exams.

24th October

World Polio Day

World Polio Day gives an opportunity to highlight global efforts toward a polio-free world and honor the tireless contributions of those on the frontlines in the fight to eradicate polio from every corner of the globe.

24th October

World Development Information Day

In 1972, the General Assembly established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems & the necessity to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

27th October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Movies, radio and TV shows, and audio or video recordings are like the main history books for the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2005, UNESCO picked this special day to make more people realize how important these recordings are and why we need to take care of them.

29th October

World Stroke Day

Every year World Stroke Day is observed on this day to emphasize the serious nature and high rates of stroke. The day is also observed to raise awareness of the prevention and treatments of strokes.

30th October

World Thrift Day

Every year, people worldwide observe this day. In India, it's celebrated on October 30th. The purpose of this day is to make people everywhere aware of the benefits of putting their money in a bank instead of keeping it under their mattress or at home.

31st October

Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthday is celebrated on this day. He was responsible for bringing India together.

31st October

Halloween Day

Halloween comes from a very old Celtic festival called Samhain, which was celebrated on Oct 31st. People thought that on this day, the spirits of the dead came back home, so they wore costumes and lit bonfires to keep the spirits away.



In conclusion, staying aware of important days and events throughout the month is not just about marking your calendar; it's a necessity for those preparing for competitive exams. These commemorations offer an opportunity to expand your knowledge, understanding, and awareness of crucial topics, historical events, and social issues. They can serve as potential sources of inspiration for discussions, or general knowledge questions, enabling you to stand out in competitive exams. So, remember to keep track of these significant dates and use them to your advantage in your exam preparations.

About the Author: Kakoli Nath | 269 Post(s)

Kakoli Nath is a legal Content Manager at Finology Legal who pursued BBA.LL.B (5 years integrated course). She is a patent analyst & had also done advanced certification in Forensics Psychology and Criminal Profiling from IFS, Pune.

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