The eighth month in the Gregorian Calendar, August is here. And, it is full of festivals and events. Like, literally, we are celebrating or observing an important day this month. We have major Hindu and Muslim festivals such as Hariyali Teej, Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami to Eid al-Adha. There is also a Christmas in August. And not to forget, the number of international days such as Friendship Day, Sister’s Day, International Beer Day, International Lefthanders Day, World Humanitarian Day, and more. However, the biggest day of celebration for every Indian will fall on August 15 as the country will observe 73rd Independence Day of India. Let us look at the August 2019 calendar in detail, the important days and events to commemorate, along with religious festivals, birth and death anniversaries. Calendar 2019 For Free Download in PDF: Know List of Hindu Festivals, Holidays, Fasts According to Drik Panchang, Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop Calendars Online.
August corresponds to Sawan or Shraavana of the Hindu calendar. It is considered as a holy month of fasting as several auspicious festivals fall during this period. In this first week of August 2019, the important days are Hariyali Teej, a Hindu festival observed by married women for the long life of their husband. Hariyali Teej 2019 will be celebrated on August 3 (Saturday). The next day, on August 4 (Sunday), two important days will take place – Friendship Day and Sister’s Day. On August 5, Naga Panchami will take place along with Kalki Jayanti, Skanda Sashti. This Monday will also be Third Shraavana Somvar Vrat.
The second week of the month will see Hindu fasts and festivities such as Tulsidas Jayanti on August 7 (Wednesday), Masik Durgashtami on August 8 (Thursday), Varalakshmi Vratam on August 9 (Friday) and Shravana Putrada Ekadashi on August 11 (Sunday). However, this week’s biggest celebration will take place on August 12 (Monday) with Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, also known as Sacrifice Feast or Bakrid or Bakra-Eid or Eid al-Baqarah. There are international events this week such as International Youth Day, International Lefthanders Day.
Two of month’s biggest observance will be held on August 15 (Thursday) – Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day of India. Raksha Bandhan is traditionally a Hindu ceremony dedicated to siblings where a sister ties a rakhi (amulet) around the wrist of their brothers and pray for his long life and prosperity. And then there’s Independence Day 2019. India will be commemorating the nation's independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.
List of International Days and Bank Holidays in August 2019
|Sr. No.||Date||Day||Fasts/Festivals/ National/International Days|
|1.||August 1||Thursday||Shravana Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya, Ishti|
|2.||August 2||Friday||Chandra Darshana, International Beer Day|
|3.||August 3||Saturday||Hariyali Teej, Aadi Perukku, Andal Jayanthi|
|4.||August 4||Sunday||Vinayaka Chaturthi, Friendship Day, Sister’s Day|
|5.||August 5||Monday||Naga Panchami, Third Shravan Somvar Vrat, Skanda Sashti, Kalki Jayanti|
|6.||August 6||Tuesday||Third Mangala Gauri Vrat, Hiroshima Day|
|7.||August 7||Wednesday||Tulsidas Jayanti, Professional Engineers Day|
|8.||August 8||Thursday||Masik Durgashtami, International Cat Day, Quit India Movement Day|
|9.||August 9||Friday||Varalakshmi Vrat, International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, International Sex Workers Day, Nagasaki Day|
|11.||August 11||Sunday||Shraavana Putrada Ekadashi, Damodara Dwadashi|
|12.||August 12||Monday||Fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat, Pradosh Vrat, Eid al-Adha (Bakrid), International Youth Day|
|13.||August 13||Tuesday||Fourth Mangala Gauri Vrat, International Lefthanders Day|
|14.||August 14||Wednesday||Rigveda Upakarma, Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)|
|15.||August 15||Thursday||Shraavana Purnima Vrat, Anvadhan, Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day of India, Gayatri Jayanti, Narali Purnima, Yajurveda Upakarma, Sanskrit Diwas, Hayagriva Jayanti, National Day of Mourning in Bangladesh|
|16.||August 16||Friday||Gayatri Japam, Ishti, Bhadrapada Begins* North|
|17.||August 17||Saturday||Simha Sankranti, Malayalam New Year, National Honey Bee Day|
|18.||August 18||Sunday||Kajari Teej, International Homeless Animals Day|
|19.||August 19||Monday||Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi, Maha Sangada Hara Chaturthi, Bahula Chaturthi, World Humanitarian Day, World Photography Day|
|20.||August 20||Tuesday||Nag Pancham, World Mosquito Day, Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day, Indian Akshay Urja Day|
|21.||August 21||Wednesday||Balarama Jayanti, Randhan Chhath, International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, World Senior Citizens Day|
|22.||August 22||Thursday||Shitala Satam, International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief|
|23.||August 23||Friday||Kalashtami, Kali Jayanti, Ashtami Rohini, Masik Karthigai, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition|
|24.||August 24||Saturday||Krishna Janmashtami, Rohini Vrat|
|25.||August 25||Sunday||Dahi Handi, Christmas in August|
|26.||August 26||Monday||Aja Ekadashi, Women's Equality Day|
|27.||August 27||Tuesday||Gauna Aja Ekadashi, Vaishnava Aja Ekadashi, Paryushana Parvarambha|
|28.||August 28||Wednesday||Pradosh Vrat, Masik Shivaratri|
|29.||August 29||Thursday||Pithori Amavasya, International Day against Nuclear Tests, National Sports Day|
|30.||August 30||Friday||Bhadrapada Amavasya, Darsha Amavasya, Pola, Anvadhan, Vrishabhotsava, International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances|
|31.||August 31||Saturday||Ishti, Chandra Darshana, Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day)|
Apart from a whole lot of festivals and fasts celebrated in India, there are several important days that will take place worldwide. There are significant days such as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, and more. All these days are not mere dates, but one got to talk about it with as much passion as they do while celebrating a religious event. They also need your attention. That was all for August, do visit this section as we will return with the monthly calendar of September 2019.