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August ( i / / ) is the eighth -gəst AW month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In the [1 ] Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.
This month was originally named
in Sextilis 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 (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt. [2 ]
Events in August [ edit ]
Month-long observances [ edit ]
Edinburgh Festival is an internationally famous arts festival that takes place during August National
Immunization Awareness Month National
Psoriasis Awareness Month National Water Quality Month
In many European countries, August is the
holiday month for most workers The
Philippines celebrates August as the "Month of Philippine Languages" In the
United States, August is National Back to School month. In the United States, August is National
Goat Cheese Month. [3 ] American Adventures Month
Audio Appreciation Month
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Children's Vision and Learning Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month What Will Be Your Legacy Month
Win with Civility Month
Weeklong events in August [ edit ]
During the first week of August in Wales, the
National Eisteddfod of Wales is held, in which many aspects of Welsh art and culture are celebrated. During the first week of August in Sweden, the Medieval Week of Wisby in Gotland is held each year.
During the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held the first full week in August each year. The middle week of August is the peak of the
Perseid meteor shower. The
Pennsic War, a massive gathering of the Society for Creative Anachronism, takes place about the first week of August every year. The first week of August is "Indian Week" for the
Penobscot Tribe in Old Town, Maine. In this week, members of the Penobscot Tribe from all over Maine venture to the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation in Old Town and take part in games, Native American arts and crafts, pow-wows, cook-outs, etc.
Other August events [ edit ]
The first full weekend in August each year,
Twinsburg, Ohio, celebrates Twins Days.
Bon festival – (Obon Festival) is a Japanese traditional Buddhist custom, evolved into a family reunion holiday. Many Japanese manufacturers and firms give their employees three to five days off around the 15 August. Indian Independence day on August 15
The Glorious Twelfth, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse in the United Kingdom August 12
International Lefthanders Day August 13
Pakistan's Independence day on August 14
Vietnam Veterans' Day (Australia) marking the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966)
World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes on August 19
Black Ribbon Day, commemorating the peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when two million people joined hands across the Baltic states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR August 23
The International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29
The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives August 30
Kilkenny Arts Week in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Daily events in August [ edit ]
1 August is
Swiss National Day. 6 August is Independence Day in Jamaica since 1962.
9 August is the National Day of Singapore.
14 August is Pakistan's Independence Day since 1947.
15 August is
Indian Independence Day since 1947. 15 August is
Korean Independence Day since 1945. 17 August is Indonesia's Independence Day since 1945
The Philippines celebrates National Heroes Day in commemoration of the First Cry of the Philippine Revolution on August 23, 1896.
24 August is Independence Day in Ukraine since 1991.
27 August is
Moldova National Day 31 August is the
National Day of Malaysia. 15th August is the National Mourning Day of Bangladesh
August symbols [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ " August." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2008. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 September 2008.
^ "Year of Julius Caesar, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890), William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin, Ed.".
^ Bober, Mike. Celebrate National Goat Cheese Month with Local Favorites, dcfoodies.com
^ "Kilkenny Arts Festival 7-16 August 2015". Kilkenny Arts Festival.
^ Birth months, flowers, and gemstones, shgresources.com
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