Important Days in October 2023

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Oct 1, 2023, 6:48

Important days in October 2023 includes many festivals and global events. With the heat subsiding and the weather becoming more pleasant, the month of October is ideal for travel and celebration with your loved ones. To plan your holidays well beforehand, you must know all the important days in October.

This month of October also has some important national and international events. There are lots of public holidays and events in this month, which makes it lively and exciting. We have shared the list and details of all the important days in October here.

List of Important Days in October 2023

There are various holidays and festivals in the month of October. Here's a list of important days in October that you should be aware of:


Important Days in October

1st October

International Day for the Elderly

1st October

International Coffee Day

1st October

World Vegetarian Day

1st October

International Music Day

2nd October

Gandhi Jayanti

2nd October

International Day of Non-Violence

2nd October

World Habitat Day

4th October

World Animal Welfare Day

5th October

World Teachers’ Day

6th October

World Cerebral Palsy Day

6th October

World Smile Day

7th October

World Cotton Day

8th October

Indian Air Force Day

9th October

World Post Office Day

10th October

World Mental Health Day

10th October

National Post Day

11th October

International Girl Child Day

12th October

World Arthritis Day

12th October

World Sight Day

13th October

UN International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

13th October

World Egg Day

14th October

World Standard Day

15th October

World Students Day

15th October

International Day of Rural Women

15th October

World White Cane Day

15th October

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

15th October

Global Handwashing Day

16th October

World Food Day

16th October

World Anaesthesia Day

17th October

International Poverty Eradication Day

20th October

National Solidarity Day

20th October

World Osteoporosis Day

21st October

Police Martyrs' Day

22nd October

International Stuttering Awareness Day

24th October

United Nations Day

24th October

ITBP Raising Day

24th October

World Polio Day

24th October

World Development Information Day

27th October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

29th October

World Stroke Day

30th October

World Thrift Day

31st October

Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)

31st October

Halloween Day

Special Days in October Month 2023 - Details

October is the month of celebrations and remembrance. A lot of festivals and national and international days are celebrated in this month. The brief details of some of the important days in October are shared below:

Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October)

2nd October marks the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as 'Father of the Nation.' A national holiday is observed in India on this day to celebrate his service, dedication, and efforts towards India's Independence. Gandhiji's non-violent way of life is an inspiration worldwide. This day is also designated as the International Day of Non-Violence by the UN General Assembly and is one of the most important days in October.

World Animal Welfare Day (4th October)

World Animal Day is another of the important days in October. On this day, animal activists worldwide spread awareness on animal issues and also shed light on cases of animal brutality and abuse. This day is about speaking up about your love for animals.

World Teachers’ Day (5th October)

International Teacher’s Day was established in 1994 to commemorate the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This is an important day in October and the tradition of celebrating Teacher’s Day can be traced back to India’s celebration of the renowned academician, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday. UNESCO borrowed the idea and designated 5th October as World Teacher’s Day.

Indian Air Force Day (8th October)

This day is celebrated to commemorate the efforts of the Indian Air Force. It is considered one of the most important days in October in India. The celebrations for the Indian Air Force Day take place in Hindon, in the presence of the senior officials of the armed forces and the IAF chief.

World Egg Day (14th October)

World Egg Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday of October month. The tradition for the celebration of the day started in the year 1996 when the International Egg Commission (IEC) announced the day. Since it discusses the importance of balancing nutrition with eggs, this day is considered as one of the important days in October.

World Food Day (16th October)

In 1945, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was founded. This day is relevant as one of the most important days in October because, on this day, awareness about issues like hunger, food security, etc. is spread.

World Polio Day (24th October)

24th October is known as World Polio Day to spread the word about the global efforts to create a polio-free world. This day was established by Rotary International, which is an organization providing humanitarian services. World Polio Day is one of the most important days in October because it spreads awareness about how the Polio disease has been tackled around the world.

International Day of the Girl Child (11th October)

A day dedicated to the girl child helps to highlight issues such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, child marriage, gender inequality, and violence against women. In 2012, the UN declared 11th October as International Day of the Girl. Since then, the day is regarded as one of the most important days in October to discuss the issues that girl children face in our country.

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FAQs on Important Days in October

Q1. What are the important days in October 2023?

The important days in October 2023 are 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanti), 5th October (World Teache’s Day), 8th October (Indian Air Force Day), 10th October (World Mental Health Day), 14th October (World Egg Day), 24th October (United Nations Day), etc.

Q2. Is 10 October a special day?

Yes, 10 October is celebrated as World Mental Health Day. It is one of the most important days in October because it spreads awareness about mental health conditions and aims to destigmatize people with mental health disorders. This day is also about providing support to those who deal with mental health conditions.

Q3. How many important days in October 2023 are there?

There are a lot of important days in October 2023. Some of these days are celebrated nationally while others are also regarded internationally. Some of the main October month special days include Gandhi Jayanti, World Post Office Day, Girl Child Day, World Teacher’s Day, etc.

Q4. What are the important days in October in India?

The list of important days in October in India includes 2nd October (Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti), 8th October (Indian Air Force Day), 10th October (National Post Day), 21st October (Indian Police Commemoration Day or Police Martyrs’ Day), 24th October ITBP Raising Day, and 31st October (Rastriya Ekta Diwas).

Q5. When is International Girl Child Day celebrated in October?

International Girl Child Day is celebrated on 11th October. It is among the most important days in October 2022. This day spreads awareness about the support that girl children require to thrive in the society. Awareness about gender inequality is also discussed on this day.