Holidays and Festivals

National Day (Switzerland) * (see below)
Benin Independence Day
* (see below)
Abolition Day (UK)
* (see below)
Armed Forces Day (Angola and Lebanon)
Lughnasah (Ireland, Scotland)
* (see below)

Emancipation Day (Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago)
Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire, England)
Army Day (Mainland territory of the People's Republic of China)
US Air Force Day
Statehood Day
World Scout Day, anniversary of the first day of the Brownsea Island Camp in 1907, where Robert Baden-Powell began scouting.
World Wide Web Day
Girlfriend's Day
Respect For Parents Day
Rounds Resounding Day
Sweet Corn Day
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Liberation Army (People's Republic of China)
Earliest date on which Commerce Day, or Frídagur verslunarmanna, celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Iceland)
Earliest date on which International Friendship Day can fall, celebrated on the first Sunday of August.
Earliest date on which Caribana celebration can fall, celebrated on the first Weekend of August. (Toronto)
Earliest date on which Emancipation Day can fall, celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Anguilla, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands)
August first often signifies the beggining of many Autumn observances.

Lammas (England, Scotland, Neopagans)
Liberation of Haile Selassie from slavery (Rastafari movement)
Feast of Kamál (Perfection); First day of the eighth month of the Bahá'í calendar. (Bahá'í Faith)
Procession of the Cross and the beginning of Dormition Fast (Eastern Orthodoxy)
Feast Day ofAbgar V of Edessa (Syrian Church)
Feast Day ofAlphonso Maria de' Liguori
Feast Day ofÆthelwold of Winchester
Feast Day ofEusebius of Vercelli
Feast Day ofExuperius of Bayeux
Feast Day ofFelix of Girona
Feast Day ofPeter Apostle in Chains

* The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London)
* The Great British Beer Festival held annually in August
* Caribana, held in Toronto on the first weekend of August
* Kulmbach Beer Festival (6-9)
* Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK July 30 – August 1 (3of3) (2010)
* Fuji Rock Festival Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-machi, Niigata, Japan July 30 – August 1 (3of3) (2010)
* Cowes Week  Cowes, England - August - (1-8)*Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay, Australia July 30 - August 1 (3of3) (2010)

* National Day - Switzerland , commemorates Switzerland becoming a single unit in 1291.
* National Day - Benin, celebrates the independence of Benin from France in 1960.
* Abolition Day (UK) Celebration of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 which ended the slavery in the British Empire, generally celebrated as a part of Carnival, as the Caribbean Carnival takes place at this time (British West Indies)
* Lughnasadh, traditionally begins on the eve of August 1. (Gaels, Ireland, Scotland, Neopagans)

Fête de la Basilic   Translation:  Basil Day (French Republican) The 14th day of the Month of Thermidor in the French Republican Calendar

Toast of The Day

There's the wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
and the love of a staunch true man.
There's the love of a baby that's unafraid,
all have existed since time began.

But the most wonderful love, the Love of Loves,
even greater than the love for Mother,
is the intimate, tenderest, passionate love...
of one dead drunk for another."

- Traditional

- Variation -

"The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby unafraid
Has existed since time began;
But the greatest love, the love of loves,
Even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love
Of one drunken bum for another."

- Traditional

Drink of The Day

 Colorado Bulldog

1 Part Vodka
1 Part Kahlua
1 Part Creme
Fill with Coke

-In Celebration of Admission Day in Colorado (8/1/1876)

Wine of The Day

Concannon (2007) "Conservancy"
Style - Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley

Beer of The Day

 Shark Attack
Brewer - Pizza Port Solana Beach  Solana Beach, CA
Style - Imperial Red Ale

Joke of The Day

 A big city London lawyer went duck hunting in rural Scotland. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence.
As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked the lawyer what he was doing.
The lawyer responded, "I shot a duck and it fell into this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."
The old farmer replied. "This is my property, and your not coming over here."
The indignant lawyer replied. "I'm one of the best trial lawyers in the UK, and if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything that you own.
The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we do things in Scotland. We settle small disagreements like this, with the Scottish Three Kick Rule."
The lawyer asked, "What is the Scottish Three Kick Rule?"
The farmer replied, "Well, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth until someone gives up."
The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.
The old farmer slowly gets down from the tractor and walked up to the city fella. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy work boot into the lawyer's groin, which dropped him to his knees.
His second kick nearly ripped the nose off his face.
The lawyer was flat on his belly, when the farmer's third kick to a kidney nearly causing him to give up, but didn't.
The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet and said, "Okay, you old tosser, now it's my turn."
The old farmer smiled and said,
"Naw, I give up, You can keep the duck!"
- In Celebration of Lammas (Scotland)

Quote of The Day

 “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
- Jerry Garcia (August 1st, 1942 – August 9th, 1995), an American musician with the band the Grateful Dead.

Whiskey of The Day

Colorado Straight Bourbon Whiskey
ABV 46% (92 proof)
- In Celebration of Colorado's Admission to Union on  August 1st, 1876

Song of The Day

The Drinkers Cadence - A marching song
Drink Drink Drink Drink
Drunk Drunk Drunk Drunk
I drank last night, and drank the night before
Tonight I'm gonna drink like I never drank before
A whole keg a'beer
And the four of us
Glory be to G0D
That there's only four here
Cause one of us could drink it all alone
- Happy Army Day!

August Observances

Admit You're Happy Month
American Adventures Month
American Artists Appreciation Month
American History Essay Contest (8/1 - 12/15)
American Indian Heritage Month (Also November)
Beach Month
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celery, Fennel and Cactus Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Children’s Vision and Learning Month
Family Fun Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Golf Month
Happiness Happens Month
Learn Japanese Month
Motor Sports Awareness Month
National Catfish Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month
National Goat Cheese Month
National Golf Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Inventors Month
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
National Panini Month
National Parks Month
National Picnic Month
National Runaway Prevention Month
National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
National Truancy Prevention Month
National Water Quality Month
National Win With Civility Month
National Women's Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Orange and Papaya Month
Peach Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Romance Awareness Month
Water Quality Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month

Observances this Week

National Simplify your Life Week,  First Week in August
International Clown Week,  First Week in August
Simplify Your Life Week,  First Week in August
Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London), The first week of August
World Breastfeeding Week, 
First Week in August

Historical Events on August 1st


Born on August 1st


Died on August 1st 


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