August 2024

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Lammas | Christian


Lughnassadh | Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man

An ancient Gaelic feast honouring the Irish deity Lugh and marking the beginning of the harvest season. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals





World Breast-feeding Week

1–7 August 2024 - Closing the gap: breastfeeding support for all




Transfiguration of the Lord | Orthodox Christian and Catholic


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People


International Youth Day


International left handers' Day

Raises awareness of left-handedness and the challenges of living in a right-handed world





India's Independence Day

Celebrates the end of British colonial rule in 1947 and the beginning of a free and independent Indian nation




Dormition of the Theotokos |  Orthodox Christian


Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary |  Catholic Christian


Marcus Garvey's Birthday | Rastafaria

Commemorates the Birthday of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican politician born in 1887 who predicted the crowning of a King in Africa, and instigated the Back to Africa movement. On this date Rastafarians remember the important role played by Marcus Garvey in the development of Black rights. The occasion reflects on Marcus Garvey's influential prophecy. Poetry is recited recalling the historical importance of Marcus Garvey. African dance is also encouraged








Raksha Bandhan | Hindu


World Humanitarian Day


International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year

"It is time to abolish human exploitation once and for all, and to recognize the equal and unconditional dignity of each and every individual. Today, let us remember the victims and freedom fighters of the past so that they may inspire future generations to build just societies"

— Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition



















Krishna Janmashtami | Hindu


Late Summer Bank Holiday

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