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August Multicultural Events to Celebrate in Australia

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published August 3rd 2013
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Australia and Australians love a good celebration, especially if it comes from the heart. Perhaps it connects you back to your original roots and reminds you of times long past, either way, we love to celebrate.

With such a melting pot of multicultural people, we are comprised of community members from all around the world - all different, yet all the same.

Reach out to your multicultural neighbour and make the effort to understand what is important to them in their celebrations.

An Afghan child takes part in a celebration of the Islamic religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2011. Eid is a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting. *Image: Wikimedia commons, Author: Cpl Colby Brown


Whilst certainly no expert, I am fascinated with other peoples beliefs, cultural differences and their experiences and celebrations. II have comprised a list of the unique celebrations that take place within and around Australia in August and the original community or country which they originated from.

The dates listed are relevant for 2013 although for future years the dates may vary for each event this list should remain fairly accurate with varying dates in future years from this time.

AUGUST

1 Thu National Day Benin

1 Thu Foundation of the Swiss Confederation Switzerland

4 Sun Constitution Day Cook Islands

4 Sun National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day Indigenous Australians
(In August 2013 it will be the 26th anniversary of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day (NAICD)

5 Mon National Day Jamaica
(Always an amazing celebration)

TBA Ambifair Festival, Brisbane Festival
(Previously know as The Ambiwerra Festival, Ambifair is an annual event that showcases gourmet food, wine, music and fashion designs)

6 Tue Independence Day Bolivia

7 Wed National Day Côte d'Ivoire

8 Thu Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) Islamic
(At the end of Ramadan, Muslims the world over, will enjoy a joyous three-day celebration named Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking).

9 Fri National Day Singapore

9 Fri International Day of the World's Indigenous People Australia
(Amazing to recognise that the indigenous Australians have been here, living in harmony with the land, for over 60,000 years)

9 Fri Garma Festival, NT (to 12 Aug) Festival
(A celebration of Yolngu (the Aboriginal people from north east Arnhem Land) and their culture, the celebration is presented by clan elders from the Yothu Yindi Foundation)
Click HERE for website

10 Sat National Day Ecuador

11 Sun Darwin Festival (to 28 Aug) Festival

11 Sun National Day Chad

13 Tue Australian-Italian Festival, Ingham Qld (to 14 Aug) Festival
(I've seen the vino flowing well at this one)

14 Wed Independence Day Pakistan

14 Wed Townsville Cultural Fest (to 18 Aug) Festival
(An amazing gathering of over 400 community groups)
Click HERE for website

15 Thu Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian

15 Thu Independence Day Congo, Republic of

15 Thu Independence Day India

15 Thu National Day Liechtenstein
(Spectacular Scenery and amazing experiences in quaint villages)

17 Sat National Day Gabon

17 Sat Proclamation of Independence Indonesia

17 Sat Henley-On-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs NT Festival
(one of our most famous and much loved river races, which takes place in a dry river bed)

19 Mon Independence Day Afghanistan

20 Tue Day of the Foundation of the State of Hungary and St Stephen's Day Hungary

21 Wed Raksha Bandhan Hindu

24 Sat National Day Ukraine

24 Sat Mareeba Multicultural Festival, Qld Festival
Click HERE for website

25 Sun Independence Day Uruguay
26 Mon National Wattle Day (to 1 September) Festival
(love it, hate it, perhaps it just plain makes you sneeze, but it is a national emblem)
Click HERE for website

27 Tue National Day Moldova

28 Wed Krishna Janmashtami Hindu

TBC Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony, Hobart Festival
( this festival and event is said to invokes good spirits, remove illness, bless, guide and to protect throughout life's journey)

31 Sat National Day Kyrgyzstan

31 Sat National Day Malaysia

31 Sat National Day Trinidad and Tobago



Do you know of some other events which are celebrated within Australia?

Please add in your thoughts and suggestions in the comments box on this article to share with us

We would love to hear of what you choose to celebrate also.
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Why? Develop Friendly cultural relations by understanding August celebrations
When: August
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