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.
Christian Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ August 15
Roman Catholic Christian observance commemorating the belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary
was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life.
Dormition (falling asleep) of the Theotokos
Orthodox Christian commemoration of the death and burial of the Virgin Mary
Hindu Krishna Janmashtami ~ August 15
Krishna Jayanti (Sri Krishna Janmashtami) Hindu festival commemoration of the birth of Krishna -
the 8th incarnation of god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa
who was responsible for evil’s increase in the world.
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