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Depiction of harvesting in the August calendar page of the Queen Mary Psalter (fol. 78v), ca. 1310.

August (Listeni/ˈɔːɡəst/ AW-gəst) is the eighth 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.[1] In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.

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 (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]

August, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry showing a group of travelers and the Duc's Château d'Étampes in the background

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
  • Panini Month
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month
  • Win with Civility Month[4]

Weeklong events in August[edit]

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.[5]

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
  • 31 August is Independence Day in Trinidad & Tobago since 1962.

August symbols[edit]


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