Some August Interfaith Inspirations:
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.
Christian Feast of the Transfiguration ~ August 6
Christian (Eastern and many Western churches)commemoration of the experience on Mt Tabor when Jesus' physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples; Peter, James, and John.
Hindu Raksha Bandhan ~ August 7
Celebrating the end of monsoon season, marked by throwing coconuts to Varuna, the sea god.
During this festival, girls and women tie amulets on their brothers’ wrists for protection against evil.
Zoroastrianism Fravardeghan Days [Muktad] begins ~ August 8
A time of memorializing one’s ancestors in preparation for Nowruz [see August 18], according to Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar.
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.
Zoroastrianism Nowruz ~ August 18
The start of the New Year for Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar, beginning the year 1387 AY [After Yazdegird III, the last of the Persian Zoroastrian monarchs].
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.
Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal ~ August 22
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), according to the Shenshai calendar
Buddhist Festival of Ksitigarbha (Jizō) Bodhisattva ~ August 24 ~
Celebrating Ksitigarbha (Jizō) Bodhisattva, the savior of beings who suffer in the hellish realms,
as well as the guardian of expectant mothers, travelers, and deceased children in Japanese culture.
Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi ~ August 25
A Hindu festival honoring and celebrating the birth of Ganesh, the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Ganesh is known as the god who removes obstacles and brings luck.
Images of Ganesha are worshipped.
Jain Paryushana Parva ~ August 26 Ends
The last day of Paryushana Parva is called Samvatsari and is a solemn occasion for examining one’s thoughts and feelings, and for asking forgiveness for offenses committed against others through deeds, words, or thoughts.
Jain Das Laxanä Parva ~ August 26 - September 4
The Festival of the Ten Virtues, celebrated over ten days by the Digambara Jains, helps believers to recall and practice forgiveness, tenderness or humility, honesty, contentment or purity, truth, self-restraint, austerities, charity, celibacy, and non-attachment.
Christian Beheading of John The Baptist ~ August 29
Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people
so they would recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
Islam Yaum-al-Arafah ~ August 31
This day is the most important for Muslim pilgrims undertaking the Hajj journey; believers implore Allah for boundless forgiveness and mercy on the plain of ‘Arafāt, adjacent to the holy city of Mecca.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
The Interfaith Observer & ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!