Significant days of AUGUST



August 01-07: World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week starts from 1 to 7 August every year. The goal is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases such as pneumonia and fostering growth.

(Image courtesy: World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action)


August 05 - Friendship Day

National Friendship Day is on the first Sunday in August. This year it falls on 6th August.  Friendship day is a celebration of the relation called friendship. It is a time to wish all friends, and to express that "I Care".




August 06 - Hiroshima Day (Anti-Nuclear Day)

Hiroshima Day is observed to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons and the dangers of nuclear energy. It also focuses on anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.  It was on Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the nuclear bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets, directly killing approximately 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000–1,40,000. The population before the bombing was around was 3,40,000 to 3,50,000. Approximately 69% of the city's buildings were destroyed, and another 7% severely damaged.

(Image: Hiroshima after bomb blast)

August 11 - Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is conducted on the Punnamda Lake at Alappuzha every year. On the day of this boat race, nearly two lakhs people assemble at the lake front to witness the race.





August 12 - International Youth Day

International Youth Day is observed to emphasis the role of young women and men who are the essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. 

The theme of International Youth Day 2018 is “Safe Space for Youth”. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth.  Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence



August 15 – Independence day of India

Indian Independence Day is observed on 15th August commemorating the nation's independence from the British Empire. The day is a national holiday and observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events.




August 19 - World Photography Day

The first announcement of a photograph from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre was made on 19th August, 1839 in France and hence this day is celebrated every year as “World Photography Day


August 20 - World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day is observed to commemorate Dr.Ronals Ross’s discovery in 1987 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria. Dr.Ronald Ross received Nobel Prize of Medicine for his work ion malaria.


August 21 - World Senior Citizen’s Day

Senior Citizens Day is observed to celebrate the wisdom and achievements senior citizens have made, as well as to advocate for the rights of older people throughout the world. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old - by 2000 that number had tripled to nearly 600 million and by 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 1 billion older persons.


August 22 – Bakrid

Bakrid is celebrated as a Festival of Sacrifice by Muslims all over the world in commemoration of Abraham's willingness to offer his only son as a sacrifice at God's command.










August 25 - Onam

Onam is the national festival of Kerala.  This festival is celebrated on the Thiruvonam day in Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Era. Onam is a harvest festival as well as a festival of flowers.  The festival for 10 days beginning from ‘Atham’ day to ‘Thiruvonam’ day extend further to culminates with the Aranmula Uthrattathi Vallamkali.  According to the legend Mahabali, a great emperor in olden days, ruled Kerala.  During his regime there was peace and prosperity everywhere.  It is believed that Mahabali visits his old subjects during Thiruvonam day after being sent to the ‘Pathala’ (hell or purgatory) by Vamana. The idol of Thrikkakkara temple is that of Vamana.  Thrikkakkara Appan’s idol is placed in front of houses during Onam days in a beautifully decorated floral carpet.  Whatever be the legend, Onam is an excellent imagination of a golden era that lost forever or a sweet dream of a model world yet to emerge.


August 27- Sree Narayana Jayanthy

Sree Narayana Jayanthy marks the birthday of Narayana Guru, greatest Saint and Social reformer of Kerala. His birthday is on the Chathayam asterism of the Malayalam month of Chingam (August-September). In a society broken into fragments by caste and economic inequality, he emphasised the motto of 'one caste, one religion and one god.' Even though the Guru accepted the fundamental principles of the Vedic religion (Sanathana Dharma / Hinduism), he revolted against caste-based ascendancy, caste discrimination and sectarianism.




August 28 - Ayyankali Jayanthi

Born on 28th August 1863 Ayyankali was a leader of the lower caste Dalits (Untouchables). He pioneered many social movements against the atrocities against the untouchable communities. He was a leader who dedicated his life to achieve dignity to the oppressed class and dalits.  Ayyankali passed away on June 18, 1941.