AUGUST HOLIDAYS, EVENTS, AWARENESS AND HAPPENINGS
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August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.
This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus , who did not take a day from February (see the debunked theory on month lengths). He chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.
In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February starts on the same day. August ends on the same day of the week as November every year.
Ramadan ~ August 1st - 29th
Admit You're Happy Month
Family Fun Month
Romance Awareness Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Childrens' Eye and Vision Heath Awareness Month
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness ~ aka FASD.
Food and Plants: Celery, Cactus, Fennel, mushroom, onion, Panini, orange and papaya.
National Simplify your Life Week
Week 2: National Smile Week
Week 3: International Friendship Week
Week 4: Be Kind to Humankind Week
DAY-LONG EVENTS, HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
1st Francis Scott Key ~ A witness to the last enemy fire to fall on Fort McHenry, which was designed by a Frenchman named Jean Foncin, Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" that eventually became the National Anthem for the US.
1st Picnic Day in Australia ~ Picnic Day is always the first Monday in August in the Northern Territory.
1st Switzerland's Independence Day
1st Benin's Independence Day
1st in Honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus ~ (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
1st Lammas ~ The current celebration in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year is Lammas. Lammas (aka Lughnasadh and August Eve) is a time of ripeness and fruitfulness.
4th National Coastguard Day ~ On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to to enforce U.S. tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the U.S. Coast Guard. The name "Coast Guard" was first used in 1915.
3rd Niger's Independence Day
3rd Christopher Columbus sailed his ships towards the Americas in 1492.
5th Burkina Faso's Independence Day
5th Work like a Dog Day ~ Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others still work like a dog. While work is to be done, they dig in relentlessly. They seldom take a break until the task is completed.
6th Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Day ~ aka the Daughter's Festival and several other names. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
6th Bolivia's Independence Day
6th Jamaica's Independence Day
6th Wiggle Your Toes Day
7th Columbia's Independence Day (along with July 20th)
7th The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire's Independence Day
7th Friendship Day ~ contact at old friend... or a new one! Or as the Girl Scouts sing, "Make New Friends, But Keep the Old, One is Silver and the Other's Gold"
7th International Forgiveness Day ~ Global Forgiveness Day began in 1994 originating in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
7th Sister's Day ~ Always celebrated on the first Sunday in August.
7th Laylat as-Qadr ~ Islam
8th Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day ~ Experienced gardeners know that Zucchini is one of the most prolific plants in all of the gardening world. A single plant produces a seemingly endless supply of Zucchini. Desperate times calls for desperate measure. It's time to sneak over, under the cover of darkness, to your neighbors porch, and unload some Zucchini!
9th Singapore's Independence Day
9th International Day of the World's Indigenous People
9th Tisha B’Av ~ Jewish
10th Ecuador's Independence Day (along with May 24th)
10th The First Steam Locomotive ~ In 1813, at the age of twenty, George Stephenson began the construction of his first locomotive. He was born on June 9, 1781, in the coal mining village of Wylam, England.
10th Lazy Day
11th Chad's Independence Day
11th Son and Daughter Day ~ as if parents need an excuse to spend time with their kids!
12th Middle Child's Day ~ alas, I am a middle child. Sort of. Out of eight children, I am fifth in line from the top.
12th Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877.
13th Central African Republic's Independence Day
13th Left-Handed People Day ~ Right-handed people operate using the left-side of the brain. Left-handed people use the right side. Therefore, only left-handed people are in their right mind.
13th Raksha Bandhan ~ (Hindu)
14th Pakistan's Independence Day
14th and 15th VJ Day ~ End of WW II.
15th India's Independence Day
15th South Korea's Independence Day
15th The Panama Canal opened to traffic on this day in 1914, saving hours, time and money by not having to circumvent South America. For example, mileage is dramatically reduced when traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean or vice versa. A trip from New York to San Francisco saves a staggering 18,000 miles.
15th Dormition of the Theotokos ~ (means God Bearer ~ Eastern Orthodox Christian)
15th Relaxation Day
16th Roller Coaster Day ~ Patented in 1898.
16th National Tell a Joke Day ~ like, "Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery."
17th Gabon's Independence Day
17th Indonesia's Independence Day
17th Archaeology Day
18th Bad Poetry Day ~ Create a piece of really bad poetry... because you can.
19th National Aviator Day ~ in honor of Orville Wright's birthday born in 1871. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
19th Afghanistan's Independence Day
19th Potato Day ~ A staple food in most parts of the world.
20th Estonia's Independence Day
20th International Homeless Animals Day ~ Video and additional information.
20th Radio Day ~ The Radio dates back to the late 1800s. For fun Disney Park and Resort Music, link to Subsonic Radio and listen via iTunes!
21st Senior Citizen's Day
22nd Krishna Janmashtami ~ Hindu
22nd First local chapter of the American National Red Cross founded by Clara Barton in 1881.
22nd Be an Angel Day ~ so, be nice for a change!
23rd Ride the Wind Day ~ do something to feel the wind in your hair!
24th Vesuvius Day ~ 79 AD: This deadly volcano destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, burying them with volcanic ash and pumice. An estimated 3,360 people died in the volcano's eruption. It exploded a second time in 1631, killing approximately 3,500 people.
24th Ukraine's Independence Day (along with January 22nd)
25th Uruguay's Independence Day
26th Women's Equality Day ~ This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote.
26th Mother Teresa's Birthday. She was born in 1910 and passed away in 1997. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
27th Moldova's Independence Day
27th Just Because Day ~ just....... well, because.
27th Global Forgiveness Day
28th Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963. The link is the text of the speech, along with the original news footage.
29th First Scout Camp Opened in 1934.
29th More Herbs Less Salt Day ~ better for the diet!
30th Frankenstein Day ~ I swear I am not making this up! It is actually to honor of the author Mary Wollenstone Shelley, who was born on August 30,1797. She wrote the book "Frankenstein" "in 1818 at the youthful age of 21.
30th or 31st Eid ul Fitr ~ Islam
31st Kyrgyzstan's Independence Day
31st Malaysia's Independence Day
31st Trinidad and Tobago's Independence Day
The sardonyx and peridot are the gems, albeit peridot is the birthstone of the month.
The poppy and gladiolus are the flowers.
Virgo is the horoscope sign, which dates from August 23rd to September 22nd.
August Moon Phases Pictured ~ The Full Moon is the 13th, a Saturday.
Birds are already planning to fly south for the winter.
Insects are more noisy and numerous than in any other month.
This is perhaps the busiest month for businesses, since most people take their vacations in August.
In Polish, the month is called Sierpień, meaning "month of sickle"
In Swedish, the month is named Augusti, literally plural of the Latin Augustus - "the venerable"
In Finnish, the month is called Elokuu, meaning "month of reaping" or literally, "month of life"
In Japanese, the month is called Hachigatsu (八月), meaning, simply, "eighth month."
In Irish, August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the God Lugh.The first Monday in August is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.