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August is considered to be the eighth month of the year, according to the Gregorian calendar. The month was named after the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. He was one of Rome’s most successful leaders, restoring peace and prosperity to Rome, besides changing every aspect of Roman life.
India is a country with a divergent population comprising of numerous religions, cultures, communities, languages, traditions, and customs. The festivals celebrated across the country are diverse and reflect the rich and vibrant culture, history, and traditions of the country.
In accordance with the Hindu calendar, most festivals are celebrated based on the position of the Sun and the Moon. The festivals also defer according to the region and have different time zones. Most festivals include some significant days of fasting.
One of the most significant festivals in India includes Raksha Bandhan when sisters tie a beautiful Rakhi (colored and decorated thread) on the wrists of their brothers. The sisters offer sweets to their brothers, who, in turn, give gifts to their sisters and promise to protect them.
Some Indian festivals generally start around the month of August but can swing into September as it depends whether the calendar chooses the New Moon or Full Moon day as the last day of the month, that corresponds with August or September in the Gregorian calendar.
Festivals like Janmashtami or Krishna Jayanti in the month of Shraavan or Bhadrapad and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad fall between mid-August and mid-September. Onam, a major annual festival of Kerala, again overlaps August into September.