Explore the special days and themes for the month of November!
This calendar is a guide for you and your team to use as you plan meaningful, internal events and activities virtually for the month of November.
While there are static holidays in November such as Remembrance Day, some holidays also shift depending on the year. This includes American Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of the month and the U.S. general election every four years. Be sure to keep these rotating holidays in mind when planning your events!
Take Our Kids to Work Day is an annual event in Canada where students in grade 9 are encouraged to spend a day at their parent's or guardian's workplace. It provides young individuals with insights into various careers and helps them make informed decisions about their future.
Idea: Share experiences of parents and kids participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day. Highlight the importance of career exploration and mentorship in shaping the next generation's workforce.
On November 5th, Daylight Savings Time ends in many regions resulting in the clocks being set back by one hour. This marks the return to standard time and typically provides an extra hour of sleep.
Idea: Host a breakfast that celebrates the extra hour gained. This event allows employees to bond over delicious treats and provides a fun twist on the time change.
World Freedom Day commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and celebrates the values of freedom, democracy, and human rights worldwide.
Idea: Select a book related to freedom and democracy. Create a workplace book club where employees can read and discuss these materials over a few weeks leading up to World Freedom Day.
Veterans Day honors military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It's an occasion to recognize and appreciate their sacrifices and contributions.
Idea: Create a "Wall of Honor" where employees can post photos and short bios of veterans they want to recognize. Encourage everyone to contribute and appreciate the veterans in their lives.
Diwali is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It's often referred to as the "Festival of Lights" and is a five-day festival that typically occurs between October and November, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar.
Idea: Provide traditional Diwali sweets and snacks like mithai (sweets), samosas, and pakoras for employees to enjoy throughout the day.
World Kindness Day encourages acts of kindness and compassion towards others, promoting a culture of goodwill and empathy.
Idea: Recognize employees who consistently demonstrate kindness and empathy in the workplace with "Kindness Awards." Invite colleagues to nominate their peers for these awards.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is a reminder to clean and organize the refrigerator to prevent food spoilage and maintain a hygienic environment.
Idea: Encourage employees to inspect the office fridge for their expired or abandoned items.
Transgender Day of Remembrance honors transgender individuals who have lost their lives due to violence or discrimination. It also raises awareness of the challenges faced by transgender people.
Idea: Consider organizing a fundraiser or donation drive for LGBTQ+ organizations or charities that support transgender individuals or invite guest speakers who are transgender advocates or members of the LGBTQ+ community to share insights on the challenges faced by transgender individuals.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and other countries to give thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is typically observed with a festive meal shared with family and friends.
Idea: Organize a potluck-style Thanksgiving feast where employees can bring dishes to share. Consider providing the main course, such as turkey, and ask employees to contribute side dishes, desserts, or beverages.
Black Friday is a popular shopping holiday that follows Thanksgiving in the United States. It marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, with retailers offering significant discounts and deals.
Idea: Arrange a mock "Black Friday" sale in your workplace. Employees can bring in items they no longer need or use and set up a marketplace in a common area to sell or trade articles with colleagues.
Native American Heritage Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Native American communities in the United States.
Idea: Invite a Native American storyteller to share traditional stories, myths, and legends. This can be an engaging and educational way to introduce employees to Native American culture.
Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to online shopping, with many retailers offering special discounts and promotions on their websites. It follows Black Friday.
Idea: Partner with a selection of online retailers and brands to create a virtual vendor showcase. Each vendor sets up a virtual booth with their products, special Cyber Monday discounts, and exclusive offers for employees.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving that encourages individuals and organizations to donate to causes they care about.
Idea: Organize a donation drive for specific items or necessities that local charities need, such as non-perishable food, winter coats, school supplies, or toys. Create collection bins or boxes for employees to contribute.
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