Notable Days and Dates in August 2023: Celebrations and Traditions
August, the eighth month of the year, brings a sense of transition, being the last month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Named after the esteemed Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, this month witnesses a myriad of traditional and contemporary festivities celebrated globally. In India, August holds special significance, marked by a plethora of festivals that reflect the nation’s rich cultural diversity. Here, we present a compilation of the noteworthy festivals and occasions that grace the month of August.
15th August 2023, Tuesday
Independence Day – An iconic date etched in Indian history, the 15th of August is celebrated as Independence Day. This national holiday commemorates India’s liberation from over a century of British colonial rule on August 15, 1947. The day also marks the partition of India and Pakistan, with Pakistan celebrating its independence on the 14th of August. A time-honoured tradition, the Prime Minister of India unfurls the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi, followed by parades, cultural events, and patriotic fervour sweeping across the nation.
19th August 2023, Saturday
Hariyali Teej – A festival celebrating marital harmony and the lush monsoon season, Hariyali Teej holds immense significance for Hindu married women. Falling on the Tritiya of Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan, this year’s celebration is on August 19, 2023. Married women observe a fast on this day to bless their husbands with longevity and happiness. The term “Hariyali” signifies greenery, mirroring the vibrant surroundings during the monsoons. The festival holds deep cultural and religious significance, commemorating the union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
21st August 2023, Monday
Nag Panchami – A unique and auspicious festival, Nag Panchami centres around the veneration of snakes by offering them milk. Celebrated on the fifth day of the holy month of Shravan, as per the Hindu calendar, this year’s Nag Panchami falls on August 21, 2023. Observing this festival, people seek blessings for their family’s well-being. The worship of snakes is profound in Hindu mythology, symbolising reverence for nature’s diverse forms.
29th August 2023, Tuesday
Onam/Thiruvonam – Onam, the heartwarming festival of Kerala, brings myriad traditions and cultural expressions together. Celebrated as a 10-day homecoming of the legendary demon king Mahabali, and a harvest festival, Onam fosters a vibrant atmosphere with cultural activities, art forms, feasting, and festivities. Falling in the month of Chingam, this year’s Onam/Thiruvonam is celebrated on August 29, 2023. The state comes alive with floral decorations, traditional attire, boat races, music, dance, and a sense of unity.
30th August 2023, Wednesday
Raksha Bandhan – A festival symbolising the bond of protection and love between siblings, Raksha Bandhan holds a special place in Indian hearts. Celebrated on the last day of the Shravan month, this year’s Raksha Bandhan falls on August 30, 2023. Sisters tie colourful threads (rakhi) on their brothers’ wrists, and in return, brothers offer gifts and promise to protect their sisters. Known by various names across India, Raksha Bandhan is a testimony to the cherished sibling relationships that transcend time.
August’s significance reverberates through a tapestry of festivals honouring India’s history, culture, and spiritual essence. These celebrations reflect the unity in diversity that defines the nation, offering moments of joy, reflection, and connection for people across regions and communities.