Ten interesting facts you should know about August

gladiolus birth flower of august The birth flowers for August are gladiolus (see picture) and the poppy (Papaver).

In 8 BC Sextilis (sixth month) as it was then, was renamed in honor of first Roman Emperor Augustus.

The month was also lengthened from 30 days to 31 so that Augustus's month equalled Julius Caesar's July.

In the United States, it is National Goat Cheese Month.

August's birthstones are peridot and or sardonyx.

It is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and is one of seven months to contain 31 days.

A month long collection of arts and cultural festivals take place in Edinburgh, Scotland every August.

There are more vacations and holidays taken in this month more than any other.

In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.

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