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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.

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).

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.

Other names

  • In Arabic, the month is called or ; usage varies from place to place and person to person.
  • In Bulgarian, the month is known as
  • In Chinese, the month is known as meaning, simply, "eighth month."
  • In Croatian, the month is called
  • In Czech, the month is called
  • In Dhivehi, the month is called
  • In Dutch the month is called
  • In Estonian the month is called
  • In Filipino, the month is called , from a Spanish origin
  • In Finnish, the month is called , meaning "month of harvesting"
  • In French, the month is called (pronounced "OOT" or just "OO") derived from the Latin .
  • In Greek, the month is called ( )
  • In Hungarian, the month is called
  • In Indonesian, the month is known as
  • In Irish, August is known as , a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the god Lugh.
  • In Italian, the month is called from the Latin .
  • In Japanese, the month is called ( ), meaning, simply, "eighth month."
  • In Korean, the month is called ( , ) meaning, simply, "eighth month."
  • In Latvian, the month is called
  • In Lithuanian, the month is called
  • In Malay, the month is known as
  • In Persian, the month is called
  • In Polish, the month is called , meaning "[month of the] sickle".
  • In Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, the month is called .
  • In Romanian, the month is called
  • In Russian, the month is called ( )
  • In Serbian the month is called ( )
  • In Spanish the month is called " "
  • In Swedish, the month is named , literally plural of the Latin – "the venerable".
  • In Thai, the month is called representing the (lion)
  • In Turkish, the month is called
  • In Ukrainian, the month is called
  • In Vietnamese, the month is called
  • In Welsh, the month is called


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
  • Women's Small Business Month
  • In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers
  • The Philippinesmarker 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 Statesmarker, August is National Goat Cheese Month.


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, meaning beauty, strength of character, love,marriage and family.

References

  1. " August." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2008. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 Sep. 2008.
  2. Bober, Mike. Celebrate National Goat Cheese Month with Local Favorites.
  3. Birth months, flowers, and gemstones


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