Interesting Facts about August
August was originally named “Sextilis” in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eight month when January and February were added to the year before March. At this point it was renamed in honor of Augustus Caesar.
The flower for August is the gladiolus which symbolizes remembrance, sincerity and strength of character.
There have been five U.S. Presidents born in August. They were Bill Clinton, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, and Barrack Obama.
Although there are no major holidays celebrated in August there are many observances throughout the month.
Respect for Parents Day is observed on August 1st.
Sister's Day is celebrated on August 4th along with American Family Day and Friendship Day, which are celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.
August 6th is National Night Out, a night for neighborhoods to get together with block parties.
For our thrill seekers, National Roller Coaster Day falls on August 16th!
The original Woodstock Music Festival took place on August 15-18, 1969. This free music festival drew an audience of more than 400,000 people. The "three days of Peace and Music" took place in Bethel, NY and was originally scheduled for August 15-17th but ended up running over into Monday the 18th because of rain delays. 32 different musical acts preformed throughout the weekend including Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who, and Santana. Woodstock was a pivotal moment in music history and has influenced similar festivals in the 50 years since.
From The Almanac
The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower in 2019 will peak around August 12. The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight, away from the glow of city lights and secluded from oncoming car headlights. Because of the full moon there will be some moonlight interference but you should still be able to see about 10-15 meteors per hour.
While there are no major holidays that take place in August there are a few holidays that we mention in the Almanac that you might be more curious about:
You may see in the Almanac that the Dog Days End on August 11. "Dog Days" refers to the hot sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are mostly in the months of July and August. The Romans considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” and believed Dog Days to be an evil time.
Another is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church this was the bodily taking-up of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. In the churches which observe it, the Assumption is commonly celebrated each year on August 15 with a major feast.
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