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Posted on: August 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Culutural Awareness: August Celebrations

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The following celebrations occur in the month of August:

August 6 - Hiroshima Day: This day of remembrance calls to our attention the time in which the world’s first nuclear weapon was used on the people of Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2, by the US government. It also marks the dawn of the Atomic Age.

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous People: This day of reflection celebrates and recognizes the indigenous communities of the world. This date also marks the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1982.

August 9 - Nagasaki Memorial Day: This day commemorates the 2nd atomic bombing by the US government on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Eventually forcing Japan to surrender to the US and Allied forces on September 2nd, 1945. Thus, ending World War 2.

August 12 - International Youth Day: A United Nations holiday commencing on this day in 2000. The UN’s goal was to highlight the important role and contributions that the youth of the world have made to society. It’s also a way in which to engage more youth in the needs of their respective communities.

August 13-15 - Obon (Ullambana): a Buddhist festival and Japanese custom that honors the spirits of ancestors.

August 15 - India Independence Day: This is a national holiday, marking the end of British rule over the country in 1947. This celebration is a result of the Indian Independence Act, July 18, 1947.  The act led to the establishment of a free and independent India. It also marks the anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent into the two separate countries that we now know today as India and Pakistan. With India, a predominately Hindu nation celebrating on the 15th. And Pakistan, a predominately Muslim country, celebrating its independence on the 14th.

August 19 - World Humanitarian Day:  This day honors all who have worked tirelessly to promote humanitarian causes all over the world. It also honors those who have given their lives in the pursuit of these causes as well. 

August 26 - Women's Equality Day: This US celebration commemorates the day in which women were given the right to vote by certification and adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.

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