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.
Baha'i Asmā’ ~ August 19
The beginning of the seventh month of the Bahá’í year, meaning “names.”
Jain Paryushana Parva ~ August 19 Begins
The holiest period of the year for the ascetic Shvetambara sect, this festival celebrates Jain ideals through fasting, worship, and reading the life-story of Lord Mahavira from the Kalpasutra.
Believers impose restraints on their daily activities by fasting, meditation, and prayer.
Paryshan parva is an 8 day Jain festival of reflection and seeking forgiveness for one's sins.
Every evening pratikraman will be undertaken for repentance.
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