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World Smile Day - First Friday in October


Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day devotes a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.

If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. A smile can be used to express a feeling, encourage someone, or be used as a greeting. If you don’t smile enough, World Smile Day is the perfect day to start.

There are many benefits of smiling:

  • Improves mood
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Betters relationships
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves pain
  • Increases life expectancy

Who wouldn’t want all those benefits? All it takes is smiling. And the more often, the better!


On World Smile Day, people around the world are encouraged to do an act of kindness and make one person smile. Each year the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation holds special events on World Smile Day. The day is especially popular in Worcester, MA, which is considered the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

Through the years, some of the foundation’s events have included the world’s largest human Smiley face, balloon releases, choral performances, sidewalk chalk activities, college concerts, circus performers, and pie-eating contests.

If you don’t live in Worcester, you can organize your own World Smile Day event. You can celebrate the day in other ways, too.

  • Do a random act of kindness for someone.
  • Use a smiley face emoji on every text you send.
  • Spread cheer by handing out smiley face stickers.
  • Give a smile to everyone you come across.
  • Tell someone a funny joke.
  • Play happy songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
  • Take a selfie of your own smile and share it on social media with #WorldSmileDay.


In 1963, Harvey Ball created the familiar yellow smiley face.  A commercial artist from Massachusetts, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face design for a State Mutual Life Insurance company campaign. The goal of his smiley face was to spread goodwill and cheer throughout the world. Through the years, Ball became concerned that his image was becoming too commercialized. In doing so, the original intent of the smiley face was getting lost. However, the design was never copyrighted.

To bring back the original meaning of his smiley face, Ball declared the first Friday of October annually would be dedicated to smiles. He called it World Smile Day. Ball died in 2001, and shortly afterward, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was founded. The foundation is the official sponsor of the happy observance.



Get one, two, or three on National Taco Day. On October 4th, the day recognizes the savory tortilla stuffed with fillings. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday, so get out an enjoy your favorite.

The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish.  At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. Hernan Cortes arranged this meal for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.

In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez established The National Taco Council. The council sent a 55-pound taco to President Johnson in 1967.

Whether you prefer soft or hard-shelled tortillas, most agree tacos satisfy a snack craving. However, they also make delicious meals. Consider that many are filled with seasoned, lean meats and vegetables, tacos go beyond delicious. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos with grilled seafood add a whole other flavor profile. Ask for grilled chicken and hold the cheese.

Many restaurants offer specials on this food holiday, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTacoDay

Go out for tacos or make them at home. There are many traditional varieties of tacos.  

Taco Pizza
Skirt Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Veggie Tacos

Use #NationalTacoDay to post on social media. Be sure to tell everyone about the Taco Day Deals found over here…


Our research found that National Taco Day began in 2009. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this food holiday. 



National Vodka Day recognizes a popular beverage used in a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks. Explore your options on October 4th and raise a toast to the celebration. 

Makers distill a variety of substances to make vodka. As a result, diverse types of vodka fill the shelves at the liquor store. Grain, potatoes, fruits and sugar vodkas fit a variety of mixing needs behind the bar or in the kitchen, too.  

Traditionally, prepared vodkas had an alcoholic content of percent by volume.  In the United States, products sold as vodka must have an alcoholic content of 30 percent or more.

Enjoy vodka on the rocks or in cocktails and mixed drinks. There are so many to choose from as the list below suggests: 

  • Caesar
  • Bloody Mary
  • Screwdriver
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Moscow
  • Mule
  • White Russian
  • Black Russian
  • Tonic
  • Vodka Martini

Makers have expanded the variety of flavors making endless possibilities when it comes to cocktails, mixed drinks, and other beverages the whole year-round.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVodkaDay

Mix up your favorite vodka cocktail and share while you savor an autumn afternoon. Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalVodkaDay when using social media.


Celebrated since at least 2009, National Vodka Day has been mentioned by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has also been noted on news websites such as CBS. Meanwhile, National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage celebration. 

NATIONAL BODY LANGUAGE DAY – First Friday in October


During the first Friday in October, National Body Language Day recognizes the significance of nonverbal communication in your life. These are the silent messages you don’t realize you’re sending in your interactions with others. From a smile to a shoulder shrug, your body is revealing your emotions and thoughts.

In 1872, Charles Darwin detailed his observations of nonverbal behavior in his book, “The Expression Of Emotion In Man and Animals.” He noticed both people and humans use body language to communicate.

Long before Charles Darwin, primitive people relied on body language – hand motions and gestures, facial expressions and paralanguage (grunts and sounds) to communicate their needs, wants and concerns. Depending on the signals, trust or distrust was developed based on body language signs.

Forms of Expression and Communication

Body language is a form of survival when you can’t use words. Your minute movements reveal your unspoken thoughts.

To overcome language barriers, you use body language to talk to and to understand people when you don’t speak the same language.

Couples use body language as a silent communication to express their emotions for their partner.

Parents use body language with their infants and young children until they can speak. Using facial expressions, gestures, movements and speech sounds, babies communicate their wants and needs. In the same way, they also read their parents’ emotions to know when they’re happy, sad, mad.

Many people use body language to read other people so they can understand what they’re feeling. People who suffer strokes or have partial paralysis and other medical conditions where speech is difficult, use body language to communicate. They use eye movement such as blinking or looking at an object to communicate needs and wants.


On National Body Language Day, take a look at the ways others are talking to you through their body language. And pay attention to your own body language. See if what’s said matches what’s shown in body language. Look at movements, glances and muscle tension, gestures from head to toe. Identify what caused the body language to change. Think about the conversation and what happened right before you noticed the change. What are you seeing? Describe the feelings different body language show. Try using body language to emphasize your message or complement your words.

Use #NationalBodyLanguageDay to share on social media.


Blanca Cobb, internationally recognized body language expert and founder of TruthBlazer LLC founded National Body Language Day on the first Friday of every October to encourage people to understand each other through unspoken language.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Body Language Day in 2018 to be observed annually.



National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October celebrates those who proudly stand behind our goods and services in America. In the United States, we continue to develop products and unlock new technologies growing our economy. Manufacturing businesses create jobs through entrepreneurship, and their competitiveness revitalizes American manufacturing.

Throughout the observance, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and participate. They will take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation. Harnessing their potential is an economic imperative.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalManufacturingDay

Find local manufacturing events, explore innovative ideas and collaborate on new technologies. Encourage students to attend job fairs or ask your employer to participate. You may just help inspire the next generation to fill your shoes when we need it most. Since many skilled laborers will be retiring, there will be more jobs than workers. Spread the word and use #NationalManufacturingDay or #MFG19 to post on social media. And watch for new opportunities opening up everywhere in the manufacturing field.


Governor Chris Cristie of New Jersey proclaimed the first official Manufacturing Day in 2012.  President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation in 2014.



National Golf Lover’s Day on October 4th provides an opportunity for golf enthusiasts to swing down the fairway at least one more time during the season.   
While celebrating the day, you might notice it is sometimes also referred to as National Golf Day. Since 1952, the PGA has held a charity event each year for National Golf Day, which is held on different days each year.

The modern game of golf may have originated in 15th century Scotland. However, it is unclear and very much debated as to its ancient origins.

The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship. Its first tournament played on October 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Golf in the United States:

  • 1779 – The Royal Gazette of New York City posted an advertisement for golf clubs and golf balls.
  • 1796 – The Georgia Gazette publishes notice of an annual general meeting for a golf club in Savannah. 
  • Golf became firmly established in the late 19th century.
  • 1894 – Delegates from the Newport Country Club, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers, New York, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club met in New York City to form what became the United States Golf Association (USGA)
  • 1910 – There were 267 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
  • 1922 – Walter Hagen became the first native-born American to win the British Open Championship,
  • 1932 – There were more than 1,100 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
  • 1980 – Over 5,908 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
  • 2013 – Over 10,600 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.


In many parts of the country, golfers hit the links all year long. However, in the more northern regions, courses will close due to cooler temperatures preventing golfers from chasing the elusive hole-in-one. While you can, get out and golf a round or two. Invite friends to join you. Visit a course you’ve never been to before. Challenge yourself to a more difficult course. Improve your handicap or offer to teach someone the game. 

No matter what you do, include someone else in your endeavors. When we #CelebrateEveryDay, it’s important to include others in those moments. Gather your friends and enjoy a round of golf. Use #GolfLoversDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sports holiday. 

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Recipe of the Day

Mexican Wedding Cookies
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  25 minutes
Servings:  48 cookies


1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350° F if using a shiny metal cookie sheet or 325°F if using a dull metal cookie sheet.

Cream butter and sugar together.

Add vanilla.

Gradually add flour.

Mix in nuts.

Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake 15 minutes (350° F on a shiny metal cookie sheet or 325°F on a dull metal cookie sheet).

Allow to cool slightly then roll in powdered sugar.

When cookies have cooled completely, roll the cookies once more in the powdered sugar.

Store in an airtight container.

About National Day Calendar

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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