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August Interfaith Calendar 2024

By: Jessica MousseauDiversity Calendar
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August Interfaith Calendar 2024

This August Interfaith Calendar 2024 covers four different religious holidays from four religions. To see all August religious holidays 2024, subscribe to our interactive online DEI Calendar with a free trial.

Our August Interfaith Calendar 2024 gives you the chance to learn about other religions and their traditions. Every month, we publish a blog that focuses on different religious events or high holy days for continued education.

Please note that if a holiday begins the evening before, we will mark it with an asterisk (*).

August Interfaith Calendar 2024 Highlights

Islam: Arbaeen* – August 6

This Shia Muslim religious observance falls on the 40th day after Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, became a martyr. This day is a time of mourning where believers reaffirm their commitment to the principles of their faith, including compassion and justice.

Judaism: Tisha B’Av* – August 13

This day is a day of mourning for Jews and remembers the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. It is revered as one of the saddest days on their calendar. On this day, prayer services with the reading of the Book of Lamentations occur with fasting.

Roman Catholicism: Feast of the Assumption* – August 15

This day remembers the belief that Mary, Jesus’s mother, ascended into heaven at the end of her life. This is a significant day in the Roman Catholic faith.

Buddhism: Ghost Festival – August 18

The Ghost Festival is a time when it is believed that the gates of the afterlife are opened, allowing spirits to return to the world of the living for a brief period. The festival is marked by rituals aimed at pleasing these spirits, including offering food, burning incense, and presenting various forms of entertainment. The purpose is to honor ancestral spirits and provide them with comfort, ensuring they do not cause problems for the living.

Hinduism: Krishna Janmashtami* – August 26-27

This Hindu festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s birth and fasting, and devotional singing is common on this day.

Did You Know?

When you dedicate time each month to learn about other religions, you’re promoting a more inclusive world. It’s no secret that every organization has employees who celebrate different religions or none at all. This monthly blog hopes to raise awareness about as many religious events and religious festivals throughout the year.

This August Interfaith Calendar 2024 is is meant to help you learn about the people around you and the different religions they practice. To learn more about our DEI Calendar, enjoy a free trial where you can view all of the DEI events for 2024, including high holy days.

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