Friday, August 12, 2011



Season:  Summer (Northern hemisphere)

Zodiac sign:  Leo & Virgo

Birthstones:  Peridot, Sardonyx, Onyx

Flowers of the Month:  Gladiolus, Poppy

Moons:  Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

August Holidays, Remembrances, Celebrations, Special Events, etc...
1   Lammas Day (England, Scotland, Neopagans)
1   Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
1   Ramadan begins (Islam)
1   Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire, England)
1   Swiss National Day (Switzerland)
1   Armed Forces Day in Lebanon
1   Armed Forces Day in China
1   Slavery Abolition Act in the British Empire (1833), celebrated at this time during the Caribbean Carnival (Caribana/Emancipation Day)
1   Liberation of Haile Selassie from slavery (Rastafari movement)
1   National Day in Benin
1   Procession of the Cross, at the beginning of the Dormition Feast (Eastern Orthodox Christianity)
1   Colorado's Statehood Day (USA)
1   World Scout Day
2   Sisters Day
2   Lughnasadh (Northern hemisphere) - OR - Imbolc (Southern hemisphere) [Gaels, Ireland, Scotland, Neopagans]
2   Republic Day (Macedonia)
3   Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea)
3   Flag Day in Venezuela)
3   Independence Day in Niger
4   U.S. Coastguard Day
4   Feast of Saint John [Jean-Marie] Vianney (Catholic, new)
4   Feast of Saint Dominic (Catholic, traditional)
4   Johnny Cash Day in Arkansas, USA
4   Revolution Day in Burkina Faso
5   Independence Day in Burkina Faso
5   International Beer Day
6   Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ (Orthodox, Catholic & Anglican Christianity)
6   Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan (WWII, 1945)
6   Bolivia's Independence Day
6   National Salvadoran-American Day in the USA
6   Jamaica's Independence Day
7   International Friendship Day
7   Republic Day in Cote d'Ivoire
8   Feast of Saint Dominic [de Guzman] (Catholic, new)
8   Feast of Saint John Vianney (Catholic, traditional)
8   Laylat al Kadr (Islam)
8   Father's Day in Taiwan
8  Queen Silvia's Name Day in Sweden
9   Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
9   Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan (WWII, 1945)
9  Singapore's separation & independence from Federation of Malaysia in 1965
9   National Women's Day in South Africa
10   Feast of Saint Lawrence of Rome
10   Ecuador's Independence Day (1822)
11   Independence Day in Chad
12   Mothers' Day in Thailand
12   International Youth Day
13   National Left-Handers Day in the USA
14   Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
14   Pakistan's Independence Day (1947)
15   Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heave aka Marymass (Catholic)
15   V-J Day (Victory in Japan, Japan declares their unconditional surrender officially ending WWII)
15   Indian Independence Day (1947)
15   Korea's Independence Day (1945)
17   Indonesia's Independence Day (1945)
18   Feast of Saint Helena
18   U.S. Constitution, 19th Amendment is signed- Women's Right to Vote, 1920
19   Aviation Day
19   World Humanitarian Day
19   Hawaiian Statehood Day, observed (third Friday of August - actually day was Aug. 21, 1959) USA
20   Anniversary of Canonization of Saint Stephen of Hungary (1083)
20   Estonia regains its independence (1991), formally leaving the Soviet Union after it had been annexed in WWII
22   Queenship of Mary
23   Feast of Saint Rose of Lima (Catholic, new)
25   Feast of King Saint Louis IX
25   Uruguay's Independence Day (1825)
26   Lailat al Kadr (Islam)
26   Feast of Saint Monica
27   Feast of Saint Augustine
29   Beheading of  Saint John the Baptist aka Martyrdom
29   Summer Bank Holiday (UK except for Scotland)
30   Feast of Saint Rose of Lima (Catholic, traditional)
31   Eid al Fitr, end of Ramadan (Islam)
31   Malaysia's Independence Day (1957)

Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's our last 'official' last month of Summer, so we try to cram in as much as possible... Which means lots of county fairs, the state fair, antique shows, garage/yard sales, bbqs, & camping.  We try to visit local waterparks & zoos, take lots of walks, get lots of ice cream, enjoy sweet corn-on-the-cob, visit lakeside camps that some of us own, and get together with neighbors for backyard bonfires to roast smores.  We also enjoy many family reunions, class reunions, golfing, and vacationing!  In some other parts of the USA (and the world), many children are returning to school  - - but in my area this doesn't take place until early September.

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