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Depiction of harvesting in the August calendar page of the Queen Mary Psalter (fol. 78v), ca. 1310.

August (Listeni/ˈɔːɡəst/ AW-gəst) is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.[1]

In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere. In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers. The Perseid meteor shower peaks during July and August.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.[2]

August is the month with highest birth rate in the USA.[3]

Month-long observances

Other events in August

Movable observances

1st Saturday 2015 date - August 1

1st Sunday 2015 date - August 2

1st Monday 2015 date - August 3

1st Tuesday 2015 date - August 4

1st Friday 2015 date - August 7

Sunday on or closest to August 9, 2015 date: August 9

2nd Sunday 2015 date - August 9

2nd Monday 2015 date - August 10

2nd Tuesday 2015 date - August 11

3rd Saturday 2015 date - August 15

3rd Sunday - August 16

3rd Monday - August 17

3rd Friday - August 21

Sunday Nearest August 26 - August 23

Last Sunday August 30

Last Monday - August 31

Non-Gregorian observances

Fixed Observances

August symbols


Further reading