Celebrations in August

August 6th is a solemn holiday in Japan and other parts of the world commemorating the day the first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.  A second bomb was dropped on August 9th on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, bringing an end to World War II.

August 13-16th is O-bon Festival in Japan. Japanese people pray for the soles of their ancestors and believe their spirits come back to visit their families during O-bon. It is an important festival and tradition for Buddhists in Japan.

August 15th is Korean Thanksgiving Day, called Ch’u Sok or harvest moon.   It is a time to celebrate the autumn harvest or Hangawi and to be with family.
August 15th is a celebration of the assumption of Mary in the catholic church.  In Portugal it is called Mary, our Lady of Angels and Asuncion in Spain.

August is the time for Hindus to celebrate Janmashtami – the birthday of Lord Krishna.  It is also the time for Raksha Bandhan – to celebrate love for your sisters and brothers.

August 28th is the day of Assumption in the Armenian Orthodox calendar.