Cultural Calendar: August 2022

 
 
 

04

Aug

President Obama’s Birthday
On this date, we celebrate the birthday of the U.S.’ first Black president.

7-8

Aug

Ashura
This is a day of significance for Muslims. On this day, Prophet Musa and the Children of Israel were saved from Pharaoh and his pursuing army.

09

Aug

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
This day was created by the UN to celebrate the culture of indigenous people around the world.

12

Aug

Hungry Ghost Festival
This is a Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.

15

Aug

Feast of the Assumption
This Roman Catholic feast day is also known simply as “The Assumption.” It’s a holy day that marks the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascent into heaven at the end of her life. Depending on the country, this day may be celebrated by festivals, fireworks, and colorful street processions.

13-15

Aug

Obon (Ullambana)
This is a festival in Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors.

17

Aug

Marcus Garvey Day
This day celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.

18

Aug

Birth of Lord Krishna
Also called Janmashtami this day celebrates the birth of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith. Celebrated by fasting, singing, visiting temples, preparing feasts, and praying together.

26

Aug

Women’s Equality Day
This day commemorates American women gaining the right to vote in 1920. The date was proclaimed Women’s Equality Day by Congress in 1973.

31

Aug

Ganesh Chaturthi
This 10-day Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of this god, Lord Ganesha, who is the god of new beginnings and a fresh start, and the festival normally lasts 10 days long.

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