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August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days.[1]

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 BCE, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BCE 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 BCE giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BCE it was renamed in honor of Augustus, who did not take a day from February (see the debunked theory on month lengths).

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.

Events in August

Monthlong events in August

  • Edinburgh Festival is an internationally famous arts festival that takes place during August
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers
  • The Philippines celebrates August as the Buwan ng Wika ("Language Month")
  • In the United States, August is National Back to School month. Some US School districts and systems return to school in August.
  • In the United States, August is National Goat Cheese Month.[2]
  • 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
  • Immunization Awareness Month
  • Inventors' Month
  • Neurosurgery Outreach Month
  • Panini Month
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month
  • Win with Civility Month [3]

Weeklong events in August

Other August events

Daily events in August

Last Sunday

  • The Philippines celebrates National Heroes Day in commemoration of the First Cry of the Philippine Revolution on August 23, 1896.

August symbols

August's birthstone is the peridot or onyx. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy,[disambiguation needed] meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family.[4]

Part of this article consists of modified text from Wikipedia, page http:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August, and the article is therefore licensed under GFDL.

References

  1. "August." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2008. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 Sep. 2008.
  2. Bober, Mike. Celebrate National Goat Cheese Month with Local Favorites.
  3. http://www.mhprofessional.com/?page=/mhp/categories/chases/content/special_months.html
  4. Birth months, flowers, and gemstones