Major Earth festivals, holy days and events during the month of August


National Coloring Book Day is celebrated annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress. Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970. Dover now publishes Creative Haven, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.

National Watermelon Day   August 3rd

National Watermelon Day is observed on August 03, 2016. Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).Watermelons were grown by Native Americans when early French explorers found the fruit being cultivated in the Mississippi Valley. Today, farmers grow this fruit in 44 states in the U.S. Georgia, Florida, Texas, California and Arizona are the U.S.'s largest watermelon producers.


There is nothing tastier than a large bowl of Thai soup on a hot summer afternoon. soup recipes from Thailand are numerous, they are very nutritious with many exotic vegetarian ingredients. it might be a good day to stop in to your favorite Thai restaurant to order some Tom Yum Goong or a bowl of Gaeng Tai Pla. If your having friends over this evening, it could be very entertaining to cook up a large pot of something spicy with chicken and mushrooms !

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day  U.S.A.  August 4th

For the same reason we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.  For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.  If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces.  No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

Single Women's Working Day   USA   August 4th

Yes, it’s that time again. The official holiday week to celebrate the energy and passion and dedication of all single working women. The single working women who earn and bring home the bacon and then cook it, serve it and clean up afterwards. The single working women who come home from work and do all the housework and laundry, care for the pets, and still make time to visit with friends and loved ones.

Somers Day   ...Bermuda  ...First Friday in August

Somers Day is annually celebrated in Bermuda on Friday before the first Monday of August. This celebration is one of the days, that are known as Cup Match, and it's dedicated to George Somers. Admiral Sir George Somers is known as the founder of the English colony, the Somers Isles, that is present-day Bermuda. He found Bermuda by chance. In 1609 the fleet was sailing to Jamestown, Virginia, but his ship ran into storm and separated from other ships. There was a leakage in the ship and Admiral Somers decided to save his crew and passengers, by sailing the ship to a reef, which turned out to be Bermuda. All 150 people and a dog on board reached the shore, that was later named Discovery Bay. They remained on the island for 10 months, living on the food they could find. During that time Somers and his crew built some houses and a church, thus starting the Bermuda Colony. Admiral Somers died in Bermuda in 1610 at that age of 56.

Dragon Boat Festival   ...Vermont Event   ...August 5th - 6th

Thank you to all of the amazing people who took part in last year's 2016 Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. It was a fun filled Festival raising a total of $156,000 for Survivor-ship NOW and Dragon-heart Vermont. We are moving into 2017 and will be updating the website through various stages as we near our opening date of April 1st for registration. This year poses to be an even better year as we push to fill in the rosters of 64 Community teams and 10 Breast Cancer Survivor teams. Mark your calendars, race weekend is August 5 and 6. Sisters will be racing on the 5th, the Community teams will be racing on the 6th. The Sunset Dance party will be on the evening of Aug 5th from 6 to 9.

International Beer Day  ...First Friday in August

International Beer Day celebrates the taste of beer and the achievement of beer brewers. Beer is an ancient alcoholic drink brewed mainly from malted barley, hops, yeast and water although it is possible to brew it from other grains such as maize, wheat and rice. Records of beer date back to 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.  The three stated goals of the International Beer Day are to: appreciate brewers and servers, enjoy the taste of all beers from around the world, and to unite the world under the banner of beer.  Founded in 2007 by the Association of California Brewers, International Beer Day has become an international event that is observed in more than 50 countries worldwide.  It is held annually on the first Friday of August.

Hiroshima Memorial Day   International   August 6th

On this 71st commemoration of the bombs that destroyed the city of Hiroshima and three days later Nagasaki, let us not look back and argue about whether this horrific carnage was justified. Let us deal with our present, where we are now, and how we can avoid the destruction of our planet and the obliteration of the species we call homo sapiens.

Music Festival at Ypsigrock   Sicily   August 5th -7th

Ypsigrock Festival returns this August for its 21st edition at its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy. The charming venue takes you back in time, inside the medieval town Castelbuono, nestled between the Madonie Mountains and the sea on Sicily's north coast. Established in 1997, Ypsigrock Festival has earned a reputation as one of the most suggestive European boutique festivals. Over the years Ypsigrock Festival has been bringing the best in musical talent to Sicily.


Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi is a Hindu festival, celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal. Raksha bandhan means "bond of protection". It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Shravana, which typically falls in Gregorian calendar month of August. The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister type of relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi ( sacred thread ) on her brother's wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. This symbolizes the sister's love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.

National Light House DAy   August 7th

It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

Gay-Pride Day  Amsterdam  First weekend in August   August 6th 2017

Amsterdam Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and thus one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands. The peak of the festival is during the canal parade, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August can be seen swarming the waters with activists and and people from around the world.

International Friendship Day  First Sunday in August

International Friendship Day is a day designed to foster friendships and bridge the gaps between race, color, religion and other factors which keep humans from enjoying friendship with one another. Today, in such a global society, it is imperative that the leaders of tomorrow respect, include and understand world diversity. International Friendship Day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 with the intent of building communities and helping move towards world peace. The United Nations encourages governments, groups and organizations to host activities and events that promote dialogue, acceptance and understanding between people of different backgrounds.  International Friendship Day was initially observed on July 30th, but now celebrated on the first Sunday of August.

A LAZY DAY of SUMMER   ...Earth Event  ...First Sunday in August ....

Schools and universities typically have a summer break to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days. In almost all Northern Hemisphere countries, children are out of school during this time of year for summer break, although dates vary. In the United States, public schools usually end in early June while colleges get out in early May, although some schools get out on the last or second last Thursday in May. In India, school ends in April and resumes in late June or early July. In England and Wales, school ends in mid-July and resumes again in early September; in Scotland, the summer holiday begins in late June and ends in mid- to late-August. Similarly, in Canada the summer holiday starts in late June and end at the very start of September. In Russia the summer holiday begins at the end of May and ends on August 31. So today you can lay around, do nothing and keep cool, one way or another !

Esala Perahera Festival   Sri Lanka, INDIA  August 8th - 18th

Legend has it that 1,700 years ago one of the Buddha’s teeth was stolen from his funeral pyre and smuggled into Sri Lanka. Today, the relic is a sacred symbol for Sri Lankans and housed in the country’s most sacred temple, Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). In its current form, Esala Perahera incorporates Hindu deities into its festivities, as four of the parades now start at Hindu temples. There’s a parade for every night of the festival (10 in all), with the processions getting longer, more intense and increasingly colorful as the festival gets underway.The parades are a sensual spectacle: you’ll inhale wafting incense, jasmine and frangipani bouquets; sway along to the perpetual drum beats; stare in delight at the elephants and dancers adorned in exotic costumes; and gasp in awe as fire eaters swing burning coconut husks from chains and men crack whips to scare away demons only inches from people’s faces.

International cat day   WORLD WIDE    August 8th

LOVE YOUR CAT ...It's all about cats on August 08, 2016 because it's World Cat Day or International Cat Day. It had been proclaimed by the International Fund of Animal Welfare and is coordinated by diverse animal welfare organizations all over the world. The goal of the happening is to increase the public's awareness for the needs of cats. The exhortation for species-appropriate keeping and the fighting of neglect and abuse are a major issue, too. ...On World Cat Day, cats receive special delicious food or other gifts that they like.

Erie County Fair ...U.S.A. ( Buffalo, NY ) ...August 9th - 20th 2017

The Erie County Fair is a fair held in Hamburg in Erie County, New York every August. Based on 2014 attendance statistics, The Erie County Fair is the largest fair in New York and the third largest county fair in the United States, it often draws over one million people in attendance. The fair offers a gigantic mid-way entertainment mall, fantastic foods including Buffalo, New York's famous chicken wings, Italian Sausages, and beef on Kimmmel weck. It host all sorts of nature clubs, organizations and a wide variety of farm animals. The first Erie County Fair was held in 1820, and was hosted by the Niagara County Agricultural Society. The fair is third largest county fair in the USA with the 2014 fair setting an attendance record of 1,220,101.

Raspberry Almond Cake Day     U.S.A.   August 9th  2017

Raspberries are now in season, and you may have a near-by farm where you can go pick your own. Raspberries are a wonderful little berry full of zesty fruitiness! and what better way to celebrate this little fruit than in a delicious layered cake.

International Book Lovers Day   August 9th

Book Lovers Day is a great day to celebrate. Just grab an interesting book, find a quiet, cozy place, and crack open the cover. Celebrating Book Lovers Day in August is pleasurable on the deck, under a shady tree, poolside, or in a cozy hammock. If you fall asleep while reading, that's okay. It's all part of the relaxing benefits of being a book lover.  

Puck Days in County Kerry, Ireland ( August 10th)

Every year, for more than four hundred years, people gather from far and wide to celebrate Puck Fair in the town of Killorglin, County Kerry, in the scenic South-West of Ireland. For three days, a goat becomes king of the land, while the people act the goat. On the evening of the first day of the fair, known as The Gathering, a goat is crowned by the festival queen and hoisted onto a platform high above the rooftops. On the evening of the third day, The Scattering, the goat is lowered again and returned to graze on the surrounding hillsides. Kerry

National Skinny Dippin Week in Canada  August 13th - 19th

The cool fresh waters of Canada's Georgian Bay are calling the " WILD SIDE " of most of us. Time to rent a cabin or start sorting though all that camping gear and head to these wonderful locations and go Skinny Dipping!

O-bon Spirit Festival  Buddhism  Japan  August 12-15th

We’ve all lost someone we’d like to bring back, and at Japan’s Obon Festival ( also O-bon or Bon ), spirits that have left the living are lured back with lanterns, candles and dance. This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world. The Awa Odori is perhaps the best part of the Obon Festival and takes place every August 13th through the 15th at Tokushima on Shikoku Island. Though the island’s population is only around 250,000, nearly 1.3 million visitors attend every year. The rowdy, street-dancing riot of color and culture originated in 1586, when a feudal lord hosted a sake-drenched party of epic proportions to inaugurate the Tokushima Castle

The Erie County Fair, New York State  Mid-August

The Erie County Fair is a fair held in Hamburg in Erie County, New York every August. Based on 2014 attendance statistics, The Erie County Fair is the largest fair in New York and the third largest county fair in the United States, it often draws over one million people in attendance. The fair offers a gigantic mid-way entertainment mall, fantastic foods including Buffalo, New York's famous chicken wings, Italian Sausages, and beef on Kimmmel weck. It host all sorts of nature clubs, organizations and a wide variety of farm animals. The first Erie County Fair was held in 1820, and was hosted by the Niagara County Agricultural Society. The fair is third largest county fair in the USA with the 2014 fair setting an attendance record of 1,220,101.

Maschsee fest   ...Hanover, Germany   ...August 2nd-6th 2017

Maschseefest in 2016 in Hanover, the visitors celebrate at concerts, parties and toddlers and enjoy the varied gastronomic offers along the shore. It will take place from 27 July to 14 August 2016. Around two million visitors are expected again. The Maschsee Festival is therefore one of the largest annual events in Northern Germany. The festival in its present form was first celebrated in 1986. Traditionally, a fireworks decides the end of the festival.,-Culture-Leisure/Event-Highlights/Festivals-and-Specials/Maschsee-Lake-Festival-2017

Catania Tango Festival XVIII   SiCily   August 10th-19th

International Tango Festival in Sicily. 


Brimstone Head Folk Festival, Newfoundland, CaNADA    ( August 11th, 12th & 13th 2017 )

The Brimstone Head Folk Festival is a weekend event beginning on Friday and ending late Sunday night this takes place every second full weekend in August. This event takes place in Brimstone Head Park Fogo. This picturesque setting is a natural amphitheatre with the blue Atlantic as its backdrop. The permanent outdoor stage is nestled under the shelter of Brimstone Head, considered by the Flat Earth Society to be one of the four corners of the earth, the other three being the Greek Island of Hydra, the Bermuda Triangle and Papua, New Guinea.

National " CUBA " day   U.S.A.  August 14th

The American flag was hoisted Friday over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century, marking the end of a Cold War-era diplomatic freeze between two countries 90 miles apart. "We are gathered here because our leaders made a courageous decision to stop being prisoners of history," Secretary of State John Kerry declared. He is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the communist island since World War II. Cuba is known for its cultural diversity, built from Spanish, African, French and Asian influences. Whether in literature or fine art, film, ballet, modern dance or theatre - the island has produced numerous famous artists in many different disciplines. Naturally Cuban music must also be mentioned for the island is the birthplace of such intoxicating rhythms as the Danzón, the Son, the Bolero, the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha.


National Rum Day  U.S.A.  August 16th

Rum has a long and glamorous history, traveling through time and spanning the globe. Evidence of distilled liquor from sugarcane (what rum is made of) has been found in ancient India and China. But the real story begins in the Caribbean in the 17th century. Trade developed between sailors and the thirsty colonies in what are today America and Canada. Rum became a form of currency alongside gold. National Rum Day is an annual event that takes place every August 16 where rum fans around the world finally have their big day in the sun (yeah, that’s right, move over whiskey and vodka people). It’s time to raise a chilled glass of your favorite rum cocktail while chilling on a patio or deck, overlooking a lake or a city-scape. This year, National Rum Day falls on a Tuesday, which we think gives you the perfect reason to take off some “personal” time from work and celebrate in style. ...sorry, Boss.

National Thrift Shop Day   U.S.A.  August 17th

Thrift shops have existed in the world for a long period of time. People looking to assist others in their lives by offering cheaper prices on used wares. Clothing was originally the start of thrift shops, however it added furniture, housewares and even toys over time. Any method of making some money on the item, while still helping out those with less money so they can have those items in their lives. These stores have been a haven for those in need, and even more so for individuals just starting to get on their feet. Furniture that isn’t roadside collection, clothing on the cheap, even some utensils like forks, maybe even a microwave or television can be had at a thrift store for cheap prices. The biggest draw for many I the reusing of items instead of them filling landfills and garbage piles.


International " BAD " poetry day  International  August 18th

National Bad Poetry Day was created by Ruth and Tom Roy. They have a website called and they have over 70 copyrighted “holidays” published on it. To celebrate turn your deep thoughts and images into some really bad poetry. Gather some friends and arrange a reading of these bad poems. If you are really brave, send your badly written poems to your old high school teacher.And let’s face it FOLKS ! ...not everybody’s the best writer or ahopeful poet. But don’t let that stop you! Bad Poetry Day encourages you to give it a try! ...By putting your pen to paper / fingers to keyboard and writing some terrible verse, you may say something kind-of inspirational. If you’re feeling particularly cruel, you could read your bad poetry to friends, family ....Hopefully, they’ll enjoy your poetry more in the future!

Dance of the Fireflies   Niagara Falls, U.S.A.   August 19th 2017

Dance of the Fireflies is an annual Saturday event in the middle of August. It is located in the City of Niagara Falls, New York not far from the Famous Niagara Falls, This summer festival is held as an all day event along the city's famous 3rd Street to Falls Streetarea. Local dancers, artists, craft vendors and  restaurants host a parade of costumed figures from all ages and walks of life. Everyone is invited to attend the evenings GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ...LED Light show of mystical characters and their costumes !

International Potato Day    Earth Event   August 19th 

The potato was first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia[6] between 8000 and 5000 BC.[7] It has since spread around the world and become a staple crop in many countries. The earliest archaeologically verified potato tuber remains have been found at the coastal site of Ancon (central Peru), dating to 2500 BC. According to conservative estimates, the introduction of the potato was responsible for a quarter of the growth in Old World population and urbanization between 1700 and 1900.[31] Following the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire, the Spanish introduced the potato to Europe in the second half of the 16th century, part of the Colombian exchange. The staple was subsequently conveyed by European mariners to territories and ports throughout the world.

National Aviation Day  U.S.A.   August 19th

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States.  Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This inaugural flight was soon to change the skies forever.It's heavier than air, and it flies! National Aviation Day honors the accomplishments of Orville and Wilbur Wright. It is sometimes called Wright Brother's Day. To a lesser degree, National Aviation Day sometimes honors other early aviation and space pioneers. This day was selected, as it is Orville Wrights's birthday. (August 19, 1871)

National Radio Day ( International )

August 20th.

The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors ( Nikola Tesla & Guglielmo Marconi ) played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention. Celebrating National Radio Day is easy listening. Simply tune into your favorite radio stations(s). You could also give your local radio personalities a little recognition.

World Honey Bee Day ...Earth Event...3rd Saturday in August

World Honey Bee Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in August, previously known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, is an idea put together by beekeepers in the USA, who petitioned the USDA in 2009 for an official day to honor honey bees and beekeeping. The event was started in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who obtained a formal proclamation by the USDA honoring honey bees and beekeeping. In 2010, a non-profit, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. was organized to better facilitate and promote the observance. The original date of observation was the 22nd of August, 2009 (the fourth Saturday of August) but has since settled more permanently on the third Saturday of August.

National Sandcastle Day  U.S.A   August 19th

Sandcastle events are happening all year round, where ever you might find a sandy beach and a warm sunny day !

Since 1989, a World Championship in Sand Sculpture has been held in Harrison Hot Springs ( Canada, BC ), also known as "Harrisand." The competition has solo, double and team categories. The world's tallest sandcastle was built on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina as part of the 2007 Sun Fun Festival. The structure was 49.55 feet (  15.1 metres) high. It took 10 days to construct, and used 300 truckloads of sand. On September 1, 2007, Ed Jarrett completed his world-record 31.7-foot (9.66 m) high sand castle, at the Point Sebago Resort in Casco, Maine. The "Castle to the Sun" was constructed to raise funds to benefit sick children at Camp Sunshine on Sebago Lake. He created a 29-foot 3 inch (8.9 m) sand castle in Falmouth, Maine in 2003 declared the world's tallest.

National Senior Citizens Day ( USA )   August 21st

National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."

Solar Eclipse Day ... Earth Event ...August 21st 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.

Be an Angel Day   International   August 22nd

Encourages us to do acts of kindness, and to help others. This special day has strong religious roots. Jayne Howard Feldman, the creator of this day, says she was inspired by angels to create this day on August 22. The objective of this day is to be like an angel, and do something good or kind for someone. It encourages us to be God's servant in doing good things for others. It is intended to do something nice or kind for someone who is in need of help. The type of angelic help you can offer is not defined or limited. It can be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Be an Angel Day is for both the giver and the receiver. If you are the receiver, make certain to express openly your appreciation. And, recognize the angel in your life as being sent from heaven.

International Waffle Day     March 25th or August 25th

Waffle Day is a tradition that is celebrated in Sweden, and to a lesser extent elsewhere, on March 25. Waffles are typically eaten on this day. The name comes from Vårfrudagen ("Our Lady's Day"), which in vernacular Swedish sounds almost like Våffeldagen (waffle day). Our Lady's Day is celebrated on March 25 ( nine months before Christmas ), the Christian holiday of Annunciation, and the Waffle Day is hence celebrated on the same day although it has no religious connections to Our Lady's Day. In the United States, National Waffle Day is celebrated August 24, the date of a U.S. patent on a waffle iron.

La Tomatina (food war)  Bunol, Spain   last Wednesday in August

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 'World's Biggest Food Fight' where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Prior to 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol's normal 9,000 person population. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people. There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

Black Ribbon Day  International   August 23rd

Both the date of 23 August as a remembrance day and the name "Black Ribbon Day" originated in demonstrations held in western countries in the 1980s, organized mostly by refugees from countries occupied by the Soviet Union, to bring attention to Soviet war crimes and human rights violations, and to protest against the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Hitler gave Joseph Stalin free hands to invade several Eastern European nations – the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – as well as subsequent deals such as the Yalta Conference in which Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Joseph Stalin access to Eastern Europe, including to annex states occupied by the Soviet Union and impose a totalitarian dictatorship on them that lasted for decades. On 23 August 1986, Black Ribbon Day demonstrations were held in 21 western cities including New York City, Ottawa, London, Stockholm, Seattle, Los Angeles, Perth, Australia and Washington DC. The demonstrations were initiated by Canada’s Central and Eastern European communities.In 1987, Black Ribbon Day protests spread to the Baltic countries, culminating in the Baltic Way in 1989, a historic event during the revolutions of 1989, in which two million people joined their hands to form a human chain, to protest against the continued Soviet occupation.

National Peach Pie Day ...USA ...August 24th

Nothing more summier than a home-made Peach Pie !It’s important to pick fruit at the peak of ripeness. Peaches can bruise easily and ripen too quickly if not plucked from the tree at the right time. In fact they’ll just fall off the tree if they over ripen. If they’re under ripe, there’s a green cast to the skin, making it too early to pick. The fruit will be too tough.

Womens Equality Day  U.S.A.   August 26th

Women's Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.. In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of U.S. Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as“Women’s Equality Day.” This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment granted women the right to vote.  This was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups.  Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. Celebrate this day in a number of ways. First, stop and celebrate the accomplishments made in gaining the right to vote, and towards equality for women. Women's rights groups suggest you continue to be involved in pursuing full and equal rights for women in all areas and in all issues.

National Dog Day  U.S.A.  August 26th

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day... for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they're detecting cancer and seizures...things even humans cannot do.

Notting Hill Carnival  London, England   August 28th & 29th

London’s Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest street festivals in the world, and when you’re dancing in the middle of narrow alleys, it sure feels that way. This celebration of diversity was founded to help overcome racial tensions; throw a massive party for everyone to dance away their differences, and introduce culture through something everyone can enjoy—music. More than 40 years later, Notting Hill has gone from poor to posh, and this carnival is one of the wildest outside of Rio.

Red Wine Day   U.S.A.   August 28th

Tired of drinking white wine all summer ??? ...Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, novice or somewhere in between, get ready to raise your glass, America.  Aug. 28 is Red Wine Day (RWD) in the U.S.A! This annual 'spirited' holiday, created by wine-lover and freelance writer, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, was created to raise awareness about the numerous health benefits of red wine. Today's red wine is produced all over the world and available in many tasty varieties. From Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to Beaujolais Nouveau, Malbec, Zinfandel or Chianti, red wine not only tastes great, some believe red wine, in moderation, is good for you, too!


National Beach Day ...U.S.A. ...August 30th

Colleen Paige has founded several National animal holidays, National Beach Day was created to celebrate the place she spent most of her childhood... summer days in sunny Southern California. Her beach day story is about finding a baby Pelican one day in 2009, it was starving to death because of fishing line wrapped around it's wing and beak, after she freed the bird of its death trap, she knew she needed to create a day that helped to highlight the plight of sea birds and ocean mammals due to the deadly trash left on beaches around the globe. Colleen is urging everyone who loves their beach to plan a beach bbq clean-up on August 30th.

Southern Decadence Fest  New Orleans  

August 31st - September 3rd

What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence. Held annually over Labor Day weekend, this celebration of LGBT culture has begun attracts over 125,000 participants from all over the world. Nicknamed the "Gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion or barely anything at all!

Caligula Lunacy Day - International   August 31

Caligula was the popular nickname of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman emperor. Born Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Roman leader Gaius Caesar Germanicus was born on August 31, in the year 12 in Antium (now Anzio), Italy. The third of six living children born to Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, Gaius hailed from Rome's most distinguished family, the Julio Claudiens. His great-great-grandfather was Julius Caesar and his great-grandfather was Augustus, while his father, Germanicus, was a beloved leader in his own right. Later, Gaius's rule a Roman emperor would be shaped by lunacy and lust. ...often celebrated by ( first week ) university fraternities !