Important Days of August: National Handloom Day, Breastfeeding Week & More!


August is the 8th month of the Gregorian and Julian calendars. The month was named by Roman Emperor Augustus who named it after himself. The month was originally called Sextillia since it was the 6th month of the Roman calendar. 

There are several important days and dates in August. These are important for your static and general awareness preparation for a number of exams such as NABARD Grade A, NABARD Grade B, NIACL AO, PFRDA Assistant Manager, UBI SO and HPSCB recruitment among others. 

Important Days of August

Read on to learn more about the dates and why they are important for us. 

DateEvent Importance
August 1National Mountain Climbing Day It is observed to honour Bobby Mathews and Josh Madigan who successfully scaled all the 46 peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. 
August 1National Friendship DayIt is celebrated in India on the first Sunday in August. This year the day fell on August 1. 
August 1Muslim Women Rights DayAnniversary of the abolishment of the Triple Talaq Bill.
August 1 to 7 World Breastfeeding WeekTo encourage breastfeeding for the health of the mother and the child.
August 6Hiroshima DayMarks the anniversary of the USA’s bomb dropping on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.
August 7National Handloom DayTo commemorate the anniversary of the Swadeshi Movement launched in 1905 to protest against the Partition of Bengal.
August 8/9Quit India Movement DayTo remember the anniversary of the launch of the Quit India Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi.
August 9Nagasaki DayMarks the anniversary of the USA’s bomb dropping on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.
August 10World Biofuel DayTo create awareness about finding other sources of renewable biofuel for sustainable development. 
August 10World Lion DayTo create awareness about the dwindling number of lions, particularly, the Asiatic lions and their importance in maintaining ecological balance. 
August 12International Youth DayTo create dialogue about the problems faced by the youth all over the world. Also, the day acknowledges the role that youths play as forerunners of the future.
August 12World Elephant DayThis day is observed to create awareness about the dwindling number of African and Asian elephants and the need to protect them.
August 13World Organ Donation DayTo increase awareness about the benefits of organ donation and to encourage more people to do the same.
August 15Indian Independence Day Marks the anniversary of the end of the British Raj in India and the formation of India.
August 19World Photography DayIt is a day to celebrate the art of photography and photographers. It honours the invention of the ‘daguerreotype’ photographic process that revolutionized the art of photography. 
August 20Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony DayBirth anniversary of Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
August 21World Senior Citizen DayTo raise awareness about the problems and needs of senior citizens.
August 22Raksha Bandhan/ RakhiRakhi is celebrated on Poornima day in the month of Shrāvan of the Vedic calendar. This year the day fell on August 22. The day celebrates the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters. 
August 22World Sanskrit DaySanskrit Diwas, also known as Viswa Samskrita Dinam is commemorated on Shraavana Poornima.
August 25-30World Water WeekTo create dialogue about the importance of saving water and the ongoing water crisis.
August 29National Sports Day Marks the birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand.
August 29International Day Against Nuclear TestsTo discourage the race toward nuclear empowerment among nations.
August 30International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances To create awareness about using forced disappearance as a method to instill fear and terror in society especially among those who voice political dissent.
August 30 Janmashtami Janmashtami or Gokulashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna on the 8th day of the month of Shrāvan. This year the day corresponds with August 30. 
August 30National Small Industry DayTo promote the growth of small businesses and small-scale industries.

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