Diversity Holidays

The City of DeKalb publicly recognizes and acknowledges the holidays, celebrations, and commemorations observed by the members of our diverse community.

Diversity Holidays for the month of August

Date Event Title Description
August 1
Lammas A festival to mark the annual wheat harvest within some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
August 1
Lughnasadh A Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season.
August 1
Transfiguration Beginning of the 14-day period of preparation for Orthodox Christians leading up to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
August 3
St. Benedict Day A holiday recognized by Orthodox Christians to celebrate when Jesus communed with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor. To celebrate, adherents have a feast.
August 6
Transfiguration of the Lord (Feast of the Transfiguration) Celebrated by various Christian denominations, the feast day is dedicated to the transfiguration of Jesus.
August 10-11
Tisha B'Av A fast in commemoration of the destruction of two holy and sacred temples of Judaism destroyed by the Babylonians (in 586 B.C.E) and Romans (in 70 C.E.). At the Tisha B’Av, after select passages from the Torah are read and understood, netilat yadayim, or the washing of the hands, is performed.
August 10-11 (sundown to sundown)
Waqf al Arafa The second day of pilgrimage within the Islamic faith.
August 12-15
Eid al-Adha An Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.
August 13-15
Obon (Ulambana) A Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors.
August 15
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary According to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, as well as parts of Anglicanism, the day commemorates the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life.
August 15
Dormition of the Theotokos A Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches that commemorates the "falling asleep," or death, of Mary the Theotokos ("Mother of God") and her bodily resurrection before ascending into heaven.
August 15
Hungry Ghost Festival A Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.
August 15
Raksha Bandhan A Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and sister. “Raksha” means “protection” in Hindi and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist and asks him to protect her. The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.
August 17
Marcus Garvey Day Which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.
August 23
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition The anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.
August 24
Krishna Janmashtami A Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting.
August 26
Women’s Equality Day Which commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
August 27-September 3
Paryushana Parva A Jain festival lasting about eight to 10 days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.
August 29
Beheading of St. John the Baptist A holy day observed by various Christian churches that follow liturgical traditions. The day commemorates the martyrdom by the beheading of St. John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his stepdaughter, Salome, and her mother.

Please visit the Diversity Best Practices website for a complete listing of diversity holidays.

Make sure to check back each month for an updated listing of monthly holidays, celebrations, and commemorations.