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August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

August begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Cancer and ends in the constellation of Leo.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar, which started in March about 750 BC under Romulus. It was renamed in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, fell in this month.

In Brazil, folk superstition associates bad luck to August, with the proverb "Agosto, o mês do desgosto" or "mês do cachorro louco" ("August, the month of misfortune" or "month of crazy dog") being often heard. This may come from the sinister memories of the St. Bartholomew's day (August 24), which is particularly dreaded in the Northeast of the country. August 24 is also, in the tradition of Candomblé, the day of Eshu, one of the most malevolent deities. Some unfortunate political events took place in August, like the suicide of the then President Getúlio Vargas. [1]

August is also the name of a Japanese visual novel company.

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In Irish, August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the god Lugh. August 1 (Lá Lúnasa in the Irish Calendar) is still regarded as the first day of Autumn. The first Monday in August is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

In Finnish, the month is called elokuu, meaning "month of reaping".

[edit] Events in August

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August, from the Très riches heures du duc de Berry
  • August 14, 1947 Pakistan became independent (included East Bengal region as a whole).
  • August 15, 1945 Korea became independent.
  • August 15, 1947 Bharat became independent and adopted the name India.
  • August 19, 1945 Vietnam The August Revolution succeeded.
  • August 25, 1825 Uruguay became independent from Brazil.

[edit] Monthlong events in August

  • National Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • Women's Small Business Month
  • In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers.
  • The Philippines celebrates August as the Buwan ng Wika ("Language Month").

[edit] Weeklong events in August

[edit] Moving 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.

[edit] Trivia

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