Celebrating Diversity – August 1 to 9

August – Hopi Snake Dance (Aboriginal) – this dance requires two weeks of ritual preparation and snakes are gathered and kept watch over by children.  Teh dancers then take an emetic and dance with the snakes in their mouths, with an Antelope Priest in attendance.  After the dance, the snakes are released to carry their prayers.

August 1 – Caribana Parade (African-American/Canadian, Canada) – Held in Toronto, Caribana commemorates Canada’s diverse Caribbean community with a giant street parade, based on the Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago.  It attracts nearly one million spectators including celebrants from the U.S.

August 1 – Lugnasad (Wicca) – Its name is taken from t he Celtic God Lugh, or Samildanach, which means “he of many gifts”. It celebrates the ancient festival of the first harvesting of grain in August.

August 1 – Illinden (Macedonia) – The prophet Elijah is honoured on this day. Macedonians attend an annual picnic held on the August long weekend.

August 1 – Kamal (8th Month) (Baha’i) – The first day of the eighth Baha’i month.  The English translation of Kamal (Arabic) is Perfection.

August 5 – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) According to the legend, God Indra was warring with demons.  His wife tied a silk charm around his wrist to protect him and he was able to defeat his enemies.  Hindu girls now tie a threaded amulet or “rakhi” on their brothers for protection against evil.

August 6 – Hiroshima Day (Canada, USA) – This solemn day commemorates the day the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.  People from different backgrounds unite on this day to declare their commitment to never letting another nuclear bomb be used against humans again.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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