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July 29, 2019

August Cultural Holidays to Celebrate!

As we head into August, keep these special holidays in mind! Do you celebrate any of these holidays already? Are there more we should add to our list? Comment below with any special days you celebrate in August!

August 1: Lammas, a festival to mark the annual wheat harvest within some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

August 1: Lughnasadh, a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season.

August 13-15: Obon (Ulambana), a Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors.

August 15: Hungry Ghost Festival, a Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.

August 15: Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and sister. “Raksha” means “protection” in Hindi and symbolizes how siblings will always protect and be there for each other. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother figure’s) wrist, however, traditions are now evolving to wear both siblings will tie a string to each other.