August calendar for 2007

August calendar for 2007

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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

Lailat al Miraj (Shab-e-Miraj, Isra/Meraj)
Commemorates the night when Prophet Muhammad made the journey from Mecca to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven where his heart was purified and he was filled with knowledge of faith, after which he came back to Mecca--all in the span of a night.
Link: About Lailat al Miraj

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

Feast of the Assumption
Commemorates the assumption of Mary's body and soul into heaven upon her death.
Explore: Understanding Mary's Assumption

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

August 28

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?

Lailat al Bara'ah (Shab-e-Barat)
Fast observed 15 days prior to the holy month of Ramadan; believed to be the time when god writes the destinies of all men for the year ahead.
Link: About Shab-e-Barat

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