For Native Americans, August marks the season of Wilhoon, the season marking the salmon
runs of late summer; the Hopi Snake Dances, marking a sixteen-day ritual of purification;
the Stomp Dance, performed by Seminole and other Oklahoma tribes as a time of renewal and purification; the Sun Dance, observed by Plains peoples (Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone, Arikara, Crow, Sioux, and others) as a time of penitence and sacrifice; and the Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony,
a time of renewal involving dances, fasting, offerings, and readings from the code of Handsome Lake.
Goddess/Wicca/Pagan Lughnassad and Imbolc ~ August 1
Northern and southern hemispheres
Reflection on the power of the gods from which physical and spiritual harvest will come.
Wiccan practitioners see this time as a signal of the god Lugh’s decline of strength as the sun rises farther south each day, while the Goddess witnesses this season with sorrow and joy.
It is both a somber and celebratory feast day.
ChristianityLammas Feast ~ August 1
From the Celtic Christian tradition, first fruits celebration observed by placing bread baked from first harvest on the altar. September 1 in northern hemisphere;
February 1 in southern hemisphere.
Judaism Tishah B'av ~ August 1
A Jewish day of fasting in remembrance of the disasters in history with focus on the destruction
of the 2 Temples in Jerusalem in 586 b.c.e. and 70 c.e.
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