August is not only the name of the eight month of the year, but it is also a word meaning 'respected' and 'impressive'. Very fitting. August should be an august month.
But August wasn't the month's first name. Back in Anglo-Saxon times it was known as Weod Monath or 'weed month'. Doesn't sound quite a impressive does it? Although it is not without an element of truth. I prefer to call them wild flowers though. Sounds much better.
Before we moved over to the Gregorian Calendar, the Roman Calendar had it down as the sixth month of the year, and therefore called it Sextilis Mensis or 'sixth month'. If you don't take account for the fact that the name is Latin, Sextilis is rather ironic, considering one of its star signs is Virgo.
Later the Romans changed the month to Augustus after their Emperor.
Did you know that August never starts on the same day as any other month? August starts on Friday this year, but no other month does. The only exception to this rule is on a leap year, when it starts on the same day as February.
In contrast, August always ends on the same day as November's last day. This year both months end on Sunday.
August is the season for blackberries. It used to be that this is when blackberries started coming out, but in recent years, the warmer wether has seen them arrive as early as July. August is still the best month to go picking though, and you can make delicious blackberry pies and blackberry jam.
August was always my favourite month when I was a child, for one very simple reason. It is the only month in the year where children do not have no school whatsoever. A whole month off. How great is that? At least for the kids. Parents might find it a bit of a pain trying to find cover.
August has lots of quirky (inter)national events. Here are just a few:
Edinburgh Festival - Scotland
Goat Cheese Month - USA
Happiness Happens Month - USA
Panini Month - International
Watermelon Day - USA - 3rd August
Vinyl Record Day - USA - 12th August
Left-handers Day - International - 13th August
Lemon Meringue Pie Day - USA - 15th August
Toasted Marshmallow Day - USA - 30th August
There are lots of noteworthy Birthdays in August too, such as:
Tony Bennett - 3rd August
Cole & Dylan Sprouse - 4th August
Geri Halliwell - 6th August
David Duchovny - 7th August
Gillian Anderson - 9th August
Ben Affleck - 15th August
Madonna - 16th August
Bill Clinton - 19th August
Amy Adams - 20th August
Rupert Grint - 24th August
Macaulay Culkin - 26th August
Amanda Tapping - 28th August
Yours Truly - 31st August
There are lots of reasons to love August. What's yours?