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August is the eighth month of the Gregorian, Julian, and Revised Julian calendars. The month is named after the Roman Emperor Augustus to commemorate his rise to power and defeat of Egypt. It always has thirty-one days.

Holidays

  • 01Lammas (Western Christian): a European festival of the first fruits of the harvest. The very first ears of grain are plucked to make bread used for the eucharist this day
  • 01Lughnasadh (Pagan): the pagan version of Lammas, celebrating the beginning of the harves season.
  • 01 — Dormition Fast begins (New Calendarist Eastern Christian): fast in preparation for the Dormition begins.
  • 06 — Transfiguration of the Lord (Western Christian and New Calendarist Eastern Christian): celebration of the Jesus being revealed as glorious, transfigured, to some of his disciples before his crucifixion.
  • 08 (24 Sawan) — Morcha Guru Ka Bagh (Sikh).
  • 14 (1 August Julian) — Dormition Fast begins (Old Calendarist Eastern Christian): fast in preparation for the Dormition begins.
  • 15 — Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Western Christian): observance of the end of the Blessed Virgin's earthly life, which some believe was her bodily assumption into heaven. Its eastern equivalent is Dormition.
  • 15Dormition of the Theotokos (New Calendarist Eastern Christian): the equivalent of western Assumption.
  • 19 (6 August Julian) — Transfiguration of the Lord (Old Calendarist Eastern Christian): celebration of the Jesus being revealed as glorious, transfigured, to some of his disciples before his crucifixion.
  • 28 (15 August Julian) — Dormition of the Theotokos (Old Calendarist Eastern Christian): the equivalent of western Assumption.
  • 29 — Beheading of John the Baptist (New Calendarist Eastern Christian): commemoration of the martyrdom of John the Baptist by King Herod.
  • 30 (15 Bhadon) — Mela Baba Bakala (Sikh).


Preceded by: July

Followed by: September

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