August 2019 Festivals, Events and Holiday Calendar: Friendship Day, Raksha Bandhan, Eid al-Adha, Independence Day; Know All Important Dates and List of Fasts for the Month
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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
10. August 10 Saturday
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.