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November is the eleventh 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 fewer than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. 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 occurs from November 15–20, the Alpha Monocerotids, which occurs from November 15–25 with the peak on November 21–22, the Northern Taurids, which occurs from October 20 to December 10, and the Southern Taurids, which occurs 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 occurs in late October, sometimes lasts into November.


The Western zodiac signs, for the month of November, are Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21).[1][2]

November symbols

November observances

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

Non-Gregorian observances: 2020 dates

(All Baha'i, Islamic, and Jewish observances begin at the 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, 2020 dates

First Sunday: November 1

First Monday: November 2

Tuesday after the first Monday: November 3

First Wednesday: November 4

First Thursday: November 5

First Friday: November 6

First Saturday: November 7

Second Sunday: November 8

Week of November 8: November 8-14

Week of November 11: November 8-14

Second Monday: November 9

Second Thursday: November 12

The 13th when falling on a Friday: November 13

Second Saturday: November 14

Third Sunday: November 15

Third week: November 15-21

Third Monday: November 16

Weekdays of the third week: November 16-20

Wednesday of the third week: November 18

Third Thursday: November 19

Third Friday: November 20

Third Friday until the next Monday: November 20-22

Saturday before Fourth Thursday: November 21

Last Week: November 22-28

Day before fourth Thursday: November 25

Last Wednesday: November 25

Fourth Thursday: November 26

Day after fourth Thursday: November 27

Fourth Saturday: November 28

Saturday after Thanksgiving: November 28

Fourth Sunday: November 29

Last Sunday: November 29

Monday after fourth Thursday in November: November 30

Fixed observances

Thanksgiving is celebrated in November


  1. The Earth passes the junction of the signs at 20:39 UT/GMT November 21, 2020, and will pass it again at 02:33 UT/GMT November 22, 2021.
  2. "Astrology Calendar", yourzodiacsign. Signs in UT/GMT for 1950–2030.
  3. "". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  4. "Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month".
  5. NSFC Admin. "Stomach Cancer Awareness Month".
  6. "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.
  7. "National Blog Posting Month".
  8. "National Homeless Youth Awareness Month (November 2015)".
  9. "November Is National Pomegranate Month!". Farmers' Almanac.
  11. "November 7: Birthday of Radman, the King of Serbia".
  12. "November 10: World Keratoconus Day". Keratoconus Group.
  13. "NKCF, December 2016 E-Update" (PDF). National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF).

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