Category: August 01

  • LUGHNASA – August 1


    Every year on the Sunday closest to August 1, the Celtic festival Lughnasa kicks off the harvest season. The festival also marks the beginning of autumn and traditionally lasts for one month.

    Residents of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man widely observe Lughnasa. The festival is named after Lugh, an Irish god portrayed as a warrior, king, and savior. Some historians call Lugh “The patron of all human skills.” His name translates as “bright” or “shining,” connecting Lugh to the sun.

    Through the years, celebrants gathered for religious ceremonies, feasting, and matchmaking. Lughnasa also prominently included ritual athletic contests. One of the most popular Lughnasa athletic contests is the Tailteann Games. These games included various events, such as the long jump, high jump, spear throwing, boxing, sword fighting, and chariot racing.

    In recent years, baking bread has become a popular way to celebrate this festival. This tradition is tied directly to the first grains of harvest. Traditionally, bakers make Bannock Bread in a campfire instead of an oven.  Some people put the bread on a stick and roast it like a marshmallow. Other traditions surrounding Lughnasa focus on spending time in nature, such as hiking, taking walks, and outdoor photography.

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    The Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland, hosts one of the largest Lughnasa events in the world. The fair consists of traditional music and dancing, parades, a horse and cattle fair, traditional storytelling, and arts and crafts workshops. In recent years, many other towns in Ireland have established their own Lughnasa festivals and fairs.

    You don’t have to travel to Ireland to celebrate Lughnasa, however. Other ways to take part in the Celtic harvest season include:

    • Learn more about Lugh and other gods and goddesses in Irish mythology.
    • Take walks, go hiking, and spend time in nature.
    • Organize or take part in an athletic contest in your community.
    • Go to an Irish pub.
    • Study your Irish or Scotch ancestry.
    • Listen to Celtic music.
    • Make your own Bannock bread.

    Share this day on social media with #Lughnasa or #CelticHarvestFestival.


    No one knows when Celtic people first began celebrating Lughnasa. One of the earliest documents to record festivities relating to this harvest festival dates back to the 15th century. Many other accounts of Lughnasa customs were recorded from the 18th century to the mid 20th century. In 1962, the folklorist Maire MacNeill published The Festival of Lughnasa.




    World Lung Cancer Day occurs each year on August 1. The day takes the opportunity to bring awareness about lung cancer causes and prevention.

    According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among cancer patients.  Luckily, when diagnosed early enough, lung cancer survival rates increase five or more years by almost 56 percent. However, prevention is necessary in order to detect and treat lung cancer before it spreads.

    Lung cancer can affect anyone. Because the disease doesn’t discriminate, it’s important for everyone to review their risk factors. While several high-risk factors attribute to lung cancer a few include air pollution, smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and exposure to dangerous chemicals like radon gas.

    One of the first steps to protecting your health is talking to your health care provider. Review your family medical history.  Furthermore, your medical provider can help you decide your risk levels and schedule any necessary screening. Although a health screening does not prevent disease, it does help combat the spread of disease through early detection.


    If your family history includes lung cancer, encourage a family member to get screened. Make a day of it by scheduling the screening for both of you and having lunch afterward. By using #WorldLungCancerDay on social media, you will show support. Also, educate others on lung cancer prevention and treatment.

    Helpful tips for early detection, as noted by the American Lung Association:

    • Lung cancer screening tests.
    • Refraining from tobacco use.
    • Testing your home for radon.
    • Avoiding overexposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
    • Eating healthy and exercising regularly.

    Visit the American College of Chest Physicians to learn how to spread the word about lung cancer.


    Betsy Thompson receives credit as the founder of World Lung Cancer Day. Using her foundation, the Lung Cancer Survivors Foundation, Betsy began promoting the day as a time to spread awareness of lung cancer and its causes. Her vision continues through education and screening around the globe, respectively.




    International Childfree Day occurs each year on August 1. On this day, show your support and honor those who willingly choose to live a child-free life, respectively.

    Raising children is a rewarding life. Having a family seems like the next big step in our quest through adulthood. However, some choose to remain childless. Known initially as Non-Parent’s Day, this special day reminds us having children should be a choice, not an expectation.

    The National Organization for Non-Parents began in 1972 with intentions of changing the narrative for childless couples. The 400 member group sought to support one another and educate others on the benefits of being childless. After changing their name in the 1980s to the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, the organization faded into the background, still managing to help members abroad.

    Author Laura Carroll revitalized the day in 2013. Oftentimes, people who choose not to have children face ridicule, even from family members. Carroll felt “It’s time for this ‘Day’ to be celebrated again as a way recognize amazing childfree people and their lives, and to help foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today’s society.” Since then, Carroll organizes events to honor winners of the Childfree Woman and Man of the Year. 


    Recognize your child-free friends by encouraging them to continue to follow the life they choose. Attend a celebration in your area honoring them today. Or, if you want to keep things simple, send a card to your childfree friend(s) and let them know how much you admire them! Support your childfree friends and family by sharing their successes on social media using #ChildFreeDay.


    Our research indicates International Childfree Day began in 1972 by Ellen Pick and Shirley Radl on behalf of the National Organization for Non-Parents. Since then, the organization continues to remain a vital support system for childless adults worldwide.  Undoubtedly, proving through the years, a childless life is a full-filling life.




    Each year on August 1, scouts across the world celebrate World Scout Scarf Day. This day is for all active and former scout members to showcase their scout pride by wearing their yellow scarfs in public.

    In 1904, Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was at ill-ease about the state of youth in Britain. As an honored veteran, Baden-Powell witnessed how young, youthful boys were “drifting into hooliganism for want of guiding hands to set them on the right road.” Eventually, these troubling behaviors led him to start the thought process of making Britain’s youth more responsible and productive.

    By 1907, Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell implemented his ideas. After finding 22 young boys from different backgrounds, the group set out on a nine-day adventure. Through example and instruction, Baden-Powell taught chivalry and patriotism to the boys. Off the coast of Poole Harbor, England, on Brownsea Island, Baden-Powell began to teach boys basics life skill through activities. By the time the excursion was over, each boy was proficient in first aid, camping, survival skills, and loyalty.

    Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was aware his program would be successful. His assumption that everyone would be “interested in the development of manliness and good citizenship among the rising generation” was obviously successful. As a result, the program became what we now know as the Boy Scouts.


    Attending a scouting jamboree is a great way to celebrate and show support for scouts in all organizations.  All active and former scout members should wear their scout scarfs in public to show support that “Once a Scout! Always a Scout!” Post on social media using #ScoutScarfDay to celebrate the scout in your life! Don’t forget to wear your scarf!


    Our research indicates Scarf Day began in 2007. August 1 commemorates the completion of the first scout camp on Brownsea Island held in 1907. Visit for more information about scouting activities in your area.




    On August 1st, International Mahjong Day deals a game to get the celebration started! Play your tiles well, and perhaps you’ll honor the day with a win.


    The 19th-century strategy game became popular in the United States in the 1920s. While we play the game with tiles, it’s much like rummy. The players meld beautifully designed tiles with Chinese characters and symbols to earn points. Melds include pongs, kongs, chows, and the mighty Mahjong.

    Because Mahjong traveled great distances, it challenges people from many different backgrounds. As a result, Mahjong also breaks down communication barriers, bringing neighborhoods and communities together. Since people of all ages play, the game also bridges the gap between generations.

    There are also a variety of styles of Mahjong, including American, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japanese, just to name a few. Find the version you enjoy best to play. Learn several different ways to play and play them all. If you’ve never played, the season is perfect to learn.


    Take time to teach someone how to play Mahjong. If you don’t know how to play, gather some friends together, and learn! It’s simple once you can recognize the different characters and symbols. The tiles make Mahjong ideal for playing all year long, indoor, and in a park on a summer day.  Use #InternationalMahjongDay to share on social media.


    Riichi Mahjong Central founded International Mahjong Day to increase the awareness of Mahjong and how to play. Japanese style Mahjong is growing in popularity in Japan. This platform especially lends itself to a social element. As a result, professional leagues, much like those in the United States, are growing, too.

    In September of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Mahjong Day to be observed annually on August 1st.



    On August 1st, Respect for Parents Day recognizes the leadership roles parents play in not only a child’s life but also in our communities. 


    Parents provide their children with the first expression of love and sense of security. As protectors and nurturers, parents set a foundation for leading and teaching children to be responsible. Each parent provides a form of communication and a way of making decisions and correcting mistakes.

    A parent’s role in the community is essential, too.

    In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,” Respect for Parents Day was born.  These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, as she created the day, which is observed on August 1st.

    This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society. This isn’t limited to children only. Those who hold power over families must likewise respect the parent.


    How do you show respect for your parents? If it isn’t something you think about much, consider these approaches on August 1:

    • Call your parents and ask them about their day.
    • Schedule time each week to spend time with your parents doing something they enjoy.
    • Tell your parents how much you appreciate everything they’ve done.
    • Ask their opinion. Even if you don’t take their advice, at least consider their perspective.
    • Help them with chores around the house, especially the heavy-duty ones, if your parents are older.
    • Listen to their wants and needs. When you do, you’ll learn something you may not have known before.
    • Surprise them with a token of your love and respect. If you’ve been listening to them, you might even surprise them with something they’ve wanted for a while.
    • While you may disagree with them, consider their perspective. Their environment, when they were young, the experiences they have lived through (both good and bad) shape our parents and influence their choices.
    • Give your parents some credit for your successes. Showing them gratitude for the love, support, and lessons they’ve instilled in you will allow them to show pride in their children.
    • Cook for them. It’s their turn to take a break and enjoy a relaxing conversation while someone else cooks for them.

    Post on social media using #RespectForParentsDay and encourage others to join in.


    Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, created Respect For Parents Day, which is celebrated annually on August 1st. You can sign the proclamation written by Mrs. Dalrymple, too. 



    On August 1, National Minority Donor Awareness Day focuses attention on the need for minority donors. The day is part of the awareness campaign of National Minority Donor Awareness Week. 


    The day highlights the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye, and tissue donors. Another focus of the day includes honoring minorities who have donated. While providing education, the day also encourages others to register as donors. At the same time, part of being informed includes practicing good health habits. The healthier the population, the fewer transplants needed.  

    Within the African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander-American communities, there is a serious shortage of transplants. Minorities make up 57% of those on the organ waiting list. Due to chronic conditions, minority patients see an increased need for transplants affecting the heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver. 

    Facilities take into consideration several factors when matching donors to recipients. However, blood type is the most critical component. Ethnic groups often have similar blood types. As a result, success rates increase when recipients are paired within the same ethnic or racial group. It’s necessary to know organ donation isn’t based on race or ethnicity. Anyone can donate because all organs can save a life.


    On August 1, learn more about organ donation. While you’re reading up, consider joining a fundraiser or creating an event in your community. Find out more about the different types of donations and the technologies making a donation more successful. If you’re a donor or a recipient, share your success stories.

    Post on social media using #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay.


    National Minority Donor Awareness Day is an observance that is paired with National Minority Donor Awareness Week. Both observances work to create awareness of the minority community’s need to increase donorship. 

  • NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY – First Tuesday in August


    National Night Out Day on the first Tuesday in August promotes police-community partnerships in neighborhoods across the country. The event focuses on the community and raising awareness through camaraderie. By improving area relationships, the hope is to make our neighborhoods safer.


    Shining a spotlight on community police programs, National Night Out increases connections between those who serve and their neighborhoods. Through a variety of programs designed to educate and improve relationships, dialogues open. Some of these programs include:

    • Drug prevention
    • Town watch
    • Neighborhood watch
    • Other anti-watch programs

    One of the largest National Night Out events is on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. The Ogden Block Watch in Columbus organizes a festival that includes live music, food, and entertainment. While not all events are so large, the significant part of the occasion is community connections and safety. As these events empower the citizens, they also provide valuable information to the neighborhoods. Each year, the number of events grows, too. 

    In some parts of the country, the event takes place during cooler times of the year. Not only does this facilitate a better turn out, but more fun had by all.
    Check with your local organizations to find out when your Night Out Day takes place.


    Block watches, not-for-profits, businesses, and police departments usually organize events around the country. They may be as small as a backyard barbecue or as large as a full-blown festival. Whether they’re big or small, these events impact each neighborhood in positive ways.

    Join a local National Night Out event near you. Another way to help is to volunteer. If you don’t find an event in your community, help to organize one. Once you have an event, register it at the website. Most importantly, be a part of improving your community.Post on social media using #NationalNightOutDay.


    The National Association of Town Watch sponsors National Night Out in the United States and Canada. Although the origins date back to the early 1970s, the day has been celebrated since 1984. 

    More recently Dog Walker Watch joined part of the program. Since dog owners, 75 million of them, walk almost daily with their dogs watching their neighborhoods, what better sets of eyes to assist law enforcement!  Their extra eyes and ears keep watching while they walk their canine companions in communities all over the country aiding law enforcement. 

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    On August 1st, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day takes advantage of the ripe berries available this time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to enjoy some fresh-baked raspberry cream pie, it’s a day to celebrate!  


    Raspberries are the edible fruit of the raspberry plant. Not only do they grow on woody stemmed perennials, but they’re a very commercial crop, too. If their thorny stems remind you of a rose bush, that’s because they are in the rose family. Their genus name is Rubus.   

    Approximately 100 tiny drupelets cling together to make up one raspberry. Raspberry pulp and juice fill the drupelets. The drupelets adhere to a receptacle attached to a stem. Once the receptacle is removed, the raspberry is left with a hollow core.

    When you’re eating your pie, keep in mind that raspberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. They also contain vitamins B1, B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and iron. 

    • All temperate regions of the world grow raspberries.
    • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
      they can now be obtained year-round.
    • Did you know, an individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
    • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.


    Invite some friends to go picking raspberries. Afterward, bake up a raspberry cream pie. Then be sure to enjoy a slice with everyone. We even have some recipes for you to try:

    Also, don’t forget to share your results by using #RaspberryCreamPieDay to share on social media. 


    We were unable to find the creator of this pie holiday.




    On August 1st, National Girlfriends Day encourages women across the U.S. to get together and celebrate their special bond of friendship. 


    Girlfriends fall into many categories. While many grew up together, others meet through work or college. Still, others share a bond much deeper; sisters and mothers meet the definition of girlfriends, too. 

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    Though these types of relationships cross our minds frequently, we often fail to set aside time to spend with each other. The day promotes the laughter and joys girlfriends bring. Rarely do girlfriends let another go it alone. Not only do they enjoy spending time together, they support each other, too. While laughing and sharing secrets, girlfriends offer advice, and celebrate successes. When it’s time for a glass of wine, a chat over a cup of coffee or to go for a long walk, girlfriends are there.   

    Friendship is one of the most special connections in life. 

    Whether we have one or many, girlfriends make life better, fuller, and complete. These are the friends that can make you laugh at life’s silliest things. A girlfriend is who you turn to when life is not so kind. In its simplest form, National Girlfriends Day celebrates the unlimited ways life is better with our girlfriends in it. 


    August 1st Celebrated History


    Scientist Joseph Priestly isolates oxygen from the air for the first time and soon publishes his results. Earlier the same year, chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele performed experiments and made similar observations. However, he delayed publishing his discovery until 1777.


    The British Empire abolishes slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act.


    The United States admits Colorado to the Union as the 38th state.


    A Nebraska senator and lawyer, Henry Perky, patents shredded wheat. He later founded the Natural Food Company in Niagara Falls, NY. The company would go on to produce the Triscuit which are still popular today.


    Lord Baden-Powell hosts the first scout camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England. The camp would lead to a worldwide scouting organization and inspires the Girl Scouts, too.


    U.S. Army establishes the Signal Corps, the first aeronautical division in the United States military. It was the precursor to the U.S. Air Force.


    Adolf Hitler presides over the opening ceremonies of the Berlin Olympics


    The Joint Chiefs of Staff establishes the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the direction of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara. The organization integrated military intelligence efforts.


    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY inducts right fielder Reggie Jackson. He played 21 seasons with four different teams in Major League Baseball.


    The movie Ghostbusters ranks #1 at the box office. The movie would launch a franchise that’s still popular today.

    August 1st Celebrated Birthdays

    William Clark – 1770

    Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark would set off on the Corps of Discovery on March 4, 1804. Now known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the explorers would last for over two years and 8,000 miles.

    Herman Melville – 1819

    The author is best known for his novel Moby Dick. He also wrote short stories and poetry.

    Francis Scott Key – 1779

    Author of the Star-Spangled Banner, the lawyer wrote the words to the song aboard the ship Tonnant. The sight of his country’s flag after a brutal bombing of Fort McHenry inspired Key to compose the song that would later become the National Anthem of the United States.

    Maria Mitchell – 1818

    In 1847, the first female astronomer in the United States looked through her telescope into the October sky. She scanned the sky and in a familiar quadrant noticed something new. Maria Mitchell discovered a new comet and the first to be identified by an American scientist.

    Herman Melville – 1819

    After spending time at sea, Melville began writing his masterpiece, Moby Dick, at the age of 25. However, it wouldn’t be recognized as a masterpiece during the 20th century, long after his death.

    Charlotte Hughes – 1877

    Born in Hartlepool, United Kingdom, Hughes lived to the age of 115, making her a supercentenarian. She lived through, 27 changes in Prime Minister, 6 monarchs, women’s suffrage movement, two world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the Beatles, and more.

    Jackie Ormes – 1911

    A pioneering artist in her day, Ormes became the first African American cartoonist. Her syndicated comic strips, Torchy Brown, Patty-Jo and Ginger, and Candy all featured Black female characters.

    Dom DeLuise – 1933

    The multi-talented entertainer starred in movies, directed, and even put his talents to work in the kitchen as a professional chef.

    Yves St. Laurent – 1936

    The French designer launched his world-famous fashion label in 1961.

    Jerry Garcia – 1942

    Garcia made a name for himself as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band the Grateful Dead. Fun fact, the band was originally known as The Warlocks.

    Tommy Bolin – 1951

    Best known as guitarist and songwriter for the band Deep Purple, Bolin also launched a successful solo career.

    Coolio – 1963

    Rapper Coolio rose to stardom in the mid-1990s with the single “Fantastic Voyage.” He also brought a new level of artistry to Gangsta Rap.

    Tempestt Bledsoe – 1973

    Known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, Bledsoe continues a career in both television and movies.

    Jason Momoa – 1979

    As a model and actor, Momoa is best known for his role as Aquaman in the DC Comics film series and Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones television series.