Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome August!

August 2012

Season:  Summer (northern hemisphere)

Zodiac Signs:  Leo & Virgo

Birthstones:  Peridot, Sardonyx & Onyx

Flowers of the Month:  Gladiolus & Poppy

August Holidays, Celebrations, Events, etc.:

7/20-8/18   Ramadan  (Islam)
7/27-8/12   The XXX 2012 Summer Olympics in London, UK
8/1   Lughnassadh (northern hemisphere; Gaelic, Irish, Scottish, Manx people, Celtic neopagans, Pagans, Wiccans)
8/1   Lammas [northern hemisphere; England, Scotland, Pagans (Neopagans, Wiccans), Christianity (Roman Catholic & Anglican)]
8/1   Independence Day / National Day in Benin  (1960)
8/1   National Day in Switzerland  (1291)
8/3   Independence Day in Niger  (1960)
8/4   National Day in Burkina Faso  (1984)
8/4   National Day in the Cook Islands  (1965)
8/4   Feast of Saint Dominic (traditional: pre-1970 Roman Catholic; Anglican, Lutheran)
8/4   Feast of Saint John Vianney (new: post-1969, Roman Catholic)
8/5   Independence Day in Burkina Faso  (1960)
8/6   National Day in Bolivia  (1825)
8/6   Independence Day in Jamaica  (1962)
8/7   Independence Day [observed] in Jamaica
8/7   National Day / Independence Day in Cote d'Ivoire  (1960)
8/8   Feast of Saint Dominic (new, post-1970 Roman Catholic)
8/8   Feast of Saint John Vianney (traditional: 1928-1969 Roman Catholic)
8/9   Independence Day in Singapore  (1965)
8/10   Feast of Saint Lawrence (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran)
8/10   National Day / Independence Day in Ecuador  (1809)
8/11   Independence Day / National Day in Chad  (1960)
8/11   Flag Day in Pakistan
8/12  Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics
8/13   Independence Day in the Central African Republic  (1960)
8/14   Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican)
8/14   Independence Day in Pakistan  (1947)
8/15   Laylat al-Qadr  (Islam)
8/15   The Assumption {Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven} [Christianity: Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox + Oriental Orthodox (following the Gregorian Calendar), Anglican, Episcopal; Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany (Bavaria + Saarland), Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Andorra, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyrpus, East Timor, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Moldova, Monaco, Paraguay, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tahiti, Togo, Vanuatu, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Canada] 
8/15   Mother's Day in Costa Rica
8/15   Independence Day in India  (1947)
8/15   Liberation Day in North Korea  (1945)
8/15   Liberation Day / National Day in South Korea  (1945 / 1948)
8/15   National Day in Liechtenstein
8/15   Independence Day in the Republic of the Congo  (1960)
8/15   Independence Day in Bahrain  (1971)
8/16   Restoration Day / National Day in the Dominican Republic  (1865)
8/17   National Day / Independence Day in Gabon  (1960)
8/17   Independence Day in Indonesia  (1945)
8/17   Flag Day in Bolivia
8/18   Feast of Saint Helena (Roman Catholic)
8/19   National Day / Independence Day in Afghanistan (1919)
8/19   Eid ul-Fitr  (Islam)
8/20   Feast of the Canonization of King Saint Stephen I of Hungary (Roman Catholic + Hungary)
8/22   Feast of the Queenship of Mary (post-1969 Roman Catholic)
8/22   Flag Day in Russia  (1991)
8/23   Feast of Saint Rose of Lima (new: post-1970 Roman Catholic; Episcopal; Spain)
8/23   Flag Day in the Ukraine  (1991)
8/24   Independence Day in the Ukraine  (1991)
8/25   Independence Day in Uruguay  (1825)
8/25   Feast of King Saint Louis IX (Roman Catholic, Anglican)
8/27   Feast of Saint Monica (new: post-1969 Roman Catholic; Anglican, Lutheran)
8/27   Independence Day in Moldova  (1991)
8/28   Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo (Western Christianity: Roman Catholic, Anglican, etc.)
8/28   Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Catholic + Eastern Orthodox following the Julian Calendar; Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia)
8/29   Feast of the Martyrdom/Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (Christianity: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, Byzantine Catholic)
8/29   Slovak National Uprising Day in Slovakia  (1944)
8/30   Constitution Day in Turks + Caicos Islands  (1976)
8/30   Feast of Saint Rose of Lima (traditional: pre-1970 Roman Catholic; some Latin American countries, Peru)
8/31   Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan  (1991)
8/31   Independence Day in Malaysia  (1957)
8/31   Independence Day in Trinidad + Tobago  (1962)


August 3 - Anna von Lattorff's 5th Birthday  {2007} [daughter of Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein (daughter of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein & Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein) & Philipp von Lattorff]

August 6 - Columbus Taylor's 18th Birthday   {1994} [son of Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent {1st cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland} & Katharine, Duchess of Kent) & Timothy Taylor]

August 7 - 40th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Aspasia of Greece + Denmark   {1972} (wife of King Alexander I of Greece; mother Princess Alexandra of Greece + Denmark, Queen consort of Yugoslavia)

August 12 - 80th Birthday of Queen Sirikit of Thailand   {1932} [wife of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand]

August 15 - 20th Birthday of Prince Carl-Johan of Nassau   {1992} [son of Prince Jean of Luxembourg (son of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg & brother of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg) & Helene Vestur]

August 21 - 30th Accession Anniversary of King Mswati III of Swaziland   {1982}

August 25 - 70th Anniversary of the Death of Prince George, Duke of Kent, Earl of St. Andrews, Baron Downpatrick   {1942} (uncle of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland)

August 25 - 25th Birthday of Prince Fakhruddin of Egypt   {1987} (son of King Fuad II of Egypt & Princess Fadila of Egypt)

August 26 - 50th Birthday of Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco   {1962} (sister of King Mohammed VI of Morocco)

August 28 - 40th Anniversary of the Death of Prince William of Gloucester   {1972} (1st cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland)

August 31 - 15th Anniversary of the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales   {1997} [ex-wife of The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (son of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland)]

On the Royal Agenda for August 2012  {here are a selection of events that royal family members are confirmed or rumored to attend, along with a sprinkling of events that they may just turn up at!}

July 23-Aug.12 UK: The Warwickshire Cup (polo), near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

July 24-Aug.12 Netherlands: Pr.Willem-Alexander Pr of Orange attends the meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) & the Olympic Games (on various days joined by Pss Maxima, Pss Amalia, Pss Alexia & Pss Ariane) in London, UK

July 27-Aug. 12 UK: 2012 Summer Olympics in London

July 27-Aug.12 Denmark: the Royal Family attends the Olympic Games in London, UK (the royal family will be at alternating times present in connection with the games to attend the Danish athletes' performance; Q.Margrethe II, during her stay in London, will hold several receptions on the Royal Yacht for the Danish Olympic participants & the British + Danish business + cultural representatives; CP Frederik will also, in his capacity as a member of the International Olympic Committee, participate in various activities with the CoC; Q.Margrethe II, Pr.Consort Henrik, CP Frederik & Pss Benedikte will attend the opening ceremony @ the Olympic Stadium; Pr.Joachim + Pss Marie arrive for the Olympics later in the time period; the royal family while attending the Olympic Games will stay onboard the Royal Yacht, which will be docked in London throughout the period)

July 30-Aug.3 Sweden: Pr.Daniel & Pr.Carl Philip attend the Olympic Games in London, UK

Aug.3 Monaco: Red Cross Ball @ the Monte Carlo Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, Monaco (possibly/usually attended by Pr.Albert II, Pss Charlene, etc.)

Aug.5-26 France: International Race Meeting - Deauville (horse racing), Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, Calvados, France

Aug.7 UKQ.Elizabeth II holds a Garden Party @ Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, to round off her main Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Scotland for the summer

Aug.7-13 Sweden: K.Carl XVI Gustaf & Q.Silvia attend the Olympic Games in London, UK

Aug.9 UK: Ballater Highland Games, Monaltrie Park, Deeside, Scotland

Aug.11-18 UK: Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, UK

Aug.11-19 UK: Falmouth Week Festival (boating), Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Aug.12 UK: Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, in the Olympic Stadium, @ the Olympic Park, Westfield, Stratford, London (attended by Catherine Dss of Cambridge, Pr.Harry of Wales, Pss Anne Pss Royal)

Aug.12 SpainInfe Felipe Pr of Asturias attends the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London, UK

Aug.15 Liechtenstein: National Day

Aug.19-25 UK: Fowey Royal Regatta (boating), Fowey, Cornwall, England

Aug.24-29 UK: Torbay Week (boating), Devon, England

Aug.25 UK: Carnegie Challenge Cup Final (rugby), Wembley Stadium, London, England

Aug.25-26 UK: Egham Royal Show, Runnymede, Surrey, England

Aug.29 UK: Q.Elizabeth II & Pr.Philip Dk of Edinburgh open the London 2012 Paralympic Games @ the Olympic Stadium (attended by Pr.Edward Earl of Wessex, Sophie Ctss of Wessex & Pss Alexandra of Kent)

Aug.30-Sep.2 UK: Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England

Aug.30-Sep.1 UK: Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (boating), South Devon, England

Aug.31 Malaysia: National Day / Independence Day

Aug.31-Sep.2 Belgium: Belgian Formula One Grand Prix (motor race), Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

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