||AUG-1: Wiccans and
many other Neopagans celebrate
their first harvest festival on this day. It is called Lammas,
(or Lughnasadh in Irish Gaelic). It is a joyous
celebration; it is a time when Neopagans reap the harvest of what
they have sown. Some Neopagans celebrate this festival on AUG-6;
others on the evening of JUL-31.
||AUG-3: Zen Buddhists observe Mindfulness Day. Believers
meditate on the thought that desire for power over others results from
ignorance of interdependence.
||AUG-5: This "Civic Holiday," a national holiday in
Canada. Unlike all of the other statutory vacation days, not that many
people know what this one represents. Ron Brown wrote a letter to the
Toronto Star, suggesting that the name be changed to "Abolition Day"
or "Liberation Day." Some 169 years ago, on 1833-AUG-1, slavery was
abolished in Canada and throughout the British empire. Brown wrote: "As
Canada is considered one of the world's most multicultural societies,...it
would be fitting to celebrate this forgotten piece of our heritage on the
August long weekend."
||AUG-6: Catholics celebrate the Feast of the
Transfiguration of Christ. This recalls an event recorded in
Matthew 17:1-6 and in other Biblical passages where Jesus "face
did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow."
||AUG-6: This is Hiroshima Day - the anniversary of the
detonation in 1945 of the second nuclear bomb, and the first bomb to be used
against human beings. The decision to drop the bomb remains controversial
today. Some claim that it saved millions of lives by averting an
invasion of Japan. Others say that a dramatic demonstration of the
bomb's effectiveness without endangering human lives, might also
have convinced Japan to end the war.
||AUG-8: Tibetan Buddhists observe Shakyamuni Buddha Day,
(a.k.a. Siddhartha Buddha Day) Believers meditate on the Buddha's
teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts. Other Buddhists
call it Dharma Day. "The word 'Dharma' refers to the
teachings of Buddhism, the essence of which is the impermanent and
interdependent nature of all life. But 'Dharma' also refers to the
everyday experiences...that teach...these truths and make them come
||AUG-9?: This is the approximate date of the United Nations' Day for Indigenous Peoples.
The United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP)
defines indigenous peoples as "descendants of the original inhabitants
of conquered territories preserving a minority culture and recognizing
themselves as such." This date has been held in past years; we
were unable to confirm this year's date.
||AUG-15: Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary.
Pope Pius XII declared that at her death "Mary, having completed
the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to
heavenly glory." This holy day is called the Dormition
of The Theotokos" or "Falling Asleep of
the Holy Mother of God" within the Eastern Orthodox churches.
||AUG-18: International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrates Jhulan Yatra, the swing festival for their deities
Radha and Krishna. The festival ends on August 22.
||AUG-22: Hindus celebrate
Raksha Bandhan on the full-moon day in their month of Sravana. It
is a festival honoring the loving relationships between brothers and
sisters. Sisters offer food to their brothers, and tie an amulet on
their brother's right wrist. The amulet recalls when Sachi, the wife
of Indra (the king of the gods) charged a thread with sacred verses and
tied it on Indra's hand. He was successful in battle. 1
||AUG-22: Dozens of listings of seasonal days of celebration and
observance on the Internet state that, on this date, Sikhs celebrate
Khamapana, a day of forgiveness. This is apparently
a hoax, initiated by someone, and replicated through the Internet. Still, a
day of forgiveness sounds like a great idea for persons of all religions,
and of no religion. Temporary withholding of forgiveness is normal and
natural. But sustained lack of forgiveness can generate a lot of unhappiness
in a person's life.
||AUG 26: This is Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of
the date in 1920 when the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was
proclaimed to be in effect. This followed ratification by three quarters of the state legislatures. It declared women to be
voting citizens in the U.S. An entire generation passed before Quebec
became the last political jurisdiction in the U.S. and Canada to allow its
women to vote. It took the passage of two more generations before the
Roman Catholic church in Quebec apologized to the province's women for its
major role in delaying this elementary freedom.
||AUG-30: A Hindu festival of Sri Krishna Jayanti
celebrates the birth of Krishna, the second person in the Hindu trinity,
and the eighth or ninth incarnation of Vishnu.