Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - August 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - August 2006

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August 1

Ancient Celtic Fire Festival marking the height of Summer and the first of the harvest. Anglo-Saxons called it Lammas, for loaf-mass, after the blessing of bread, made from the first harvest of grain.
Resource: Celebrating Summer's End
Links: About Lughnasadh, About Lammas
eCards: Send a Lughnasadh Greeting

August 3

Tisha B'av
The 9th of Av, day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the first and second Temple (begins at sundown the night before).
Resource: The Oldest Story in the Book
Essays: The Burden of a Long Memory, Lost and Found on Tisha B'Av

August 4

Raksha Bandhan
Hindu festival honoring the loving ties between brothers and sisters; sisters tie strings around the wrists of their brothers, symbolizing a protected bond.
Essay: More Than Just a Friendship Bracelet
Resource: Raksha Bandhan: Its Legends, Rituals, and Meaning
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Sibling?

August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration
Commemorates the incident in Matthew 17:1-9 when Jesus appeared, transfigured, with Moses and Elijah, and the voice of God identified Jesus as his Son.
Essay: On Transfiguration
Link: Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

August 15

Commemorates the assumption of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
Explore: Understanding Mary's Assumption

 Orthodox Christian
Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Commemorates the dormition or "falling asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ and the assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven.
Resource: The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

August 16

Celebration of the birthday of Krishna; features a day-long fast broken at midnight, the time of Krishna's birth.
Resource: Krishna's Birthday Bash
Link: About Sri Krishna Janmashthami

August 21

Lailat al Miraj (Shab-e-Miraj, Isra/Meraj)
Commemorates the ascension of Muhammad; celebrated by telling the story of how Muhammad was visited by two archangels who purified his heart and filled him with knowledge and faith.
Link: About Lailat al Miraj

August 27

Ganesh Chaturathi
Celebrates Ganesha, the elephant-headed god and destroyer of obstacles.
Advice: Teaching Kids to Love Ganesha
Link: About Ganesh Chaturathi

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