Preparations commence for August. August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days.
This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sex-filled mating month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year.
About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days.
Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC, because he enjoyed the mating month, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus, who did not take a day from February.
BLOW YOUR MIND WITH THIS FACT:
In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February starts on the same day.
Pretend you are multi-lingual:
- In Filipino, the month is called agosto
- In Lithuanian, the month is called rugpjūtis
- In Turkish, the month is called Ağustos
- In Malay, the month is known as Ogos
- In Dhivehi, the month is called Augastu
Symbols of August:
August’s birthstone is the peridot or onyx. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy (The Heroin Flower), meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family.