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Important Dates in August


Let’s look at the important dates in the month of August.

August 01 to 07 – World Breastfeeding Week

The world breastfeeding week is an annual celebration held in more than 120 countries around the world. It was first celebrated in 1992 by WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) and now it is a UNICEF observed event. The goal is to re-establish a global breastfeeding culture and provide support for breastfeeding everywhere.

August 4th – International Owl Awareness Day

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International owl awareness day is an annual event organized by the environment organizations around the world. According to many organizations we harm owls unintentionally. So they use this day to organize events that educate and raise awareness about this beautiful nocturnal animals.

August 6th – Hiroshima Day / International Beer Day

Each year Hiroshima day is observed on the 6th August. The first atomic bomb in history that used in war was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in August 6th 1945. So people around the world share the pain with the Japanese on this day.

Also the first Friday of the August is celebrated as the international beer day. This year it is the 6th. The event was found in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California and today it is celebrated in more than 200 countries around the world. It has three main purposes. They are,

  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer
  2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
  3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day

August 8th – International Cat Day / International Infinity Day

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International cat day is celebrated on the 8th August since 2002. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them.

Also the 8th August is celebrated as the international infinity day. It was established by Jean-Pierre Ady Fenyo, a philosopher, poet, journalist, and science-fiction author in 1987. It has been celebrated in the form of peaceful, non-violent and lawful demonstrations for philosophical inquiry, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and ethics in society, throughout the world.

August 9th – Nagasaki Day / International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

Nagasaki day is celebrated on the 9th August every year it was the day that the US troops bombed Japanese city Nagasaki following the bombing on Hiroshima.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is also celebrated on 9th August. It is celebrated to raise awareness and to protect the rights of indigenous people around the world. It was first announced in the UN general assembly in 1994 and since then it was celebrated annually.

August 10th – World Lion Day

World lion day is observed on the 10th August every year. It is used to raise awareness on lions. The day was first celebrated in 2013 by the Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The husband and wife team was bringing together both National Geographic and the Big Cat Initiative to protect and educate people about this beautiful felines.

August 12th – World Youth Day / World Elephant Day

International youth day is celebrated on 12th August every year since 2000. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.

Also August 12th known as the world elephant day. It was first celebrated in 2012 and since then it was celebrated to raise awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

August 13th – International Left Hander’s Day / World Organ Donation Day

August 13th is known as the international left hander’s day. The goal is to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of left handed individuals. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International, Inc.

Also world organ donation day is celebrated on the 13th August to raise awareness on importance of organ donation and to motivate people for donating organs after death.

August 19th – World Photography Day / International Orangutan Day / World Humanitarian Day

World photography day is celebrated on the19th of August in every year. It is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. It was announced in 1839 and ever since the day is celebrated annually.

Also 19th August is known as the international orangutan day which aims to raise awareness on the orangutans and the treats they face.

World humanitarian day is also observed on the 19th August. The day is celebrated to identify the people who has died while engaged in humanitarian work.

August 20th – World Mosquito Day

World mosquito day is observed on the 20th August every year. The date is chosen to remember the work of British doctor who discovered the female mosquito that transmit malaria.

August 23rd – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23rd is observed as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. In 1791 the night of 22nd August the rebellion to end the slave trade was started in Haiti and Dominican republic which is commemorated on this day each year.

August 26th – International Dog Day

August 26th is celebrated as the international dog day. It was first celebrated in 2004 as the national dog day by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige now recognized as an international event.

August 28th – International Bat Night

The international bat night is celebrated on the 28th night to 29th morning every year since 1997. This event is celebrated in more than 30 countries around the world.

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