Religious Observances, Latin American Business Closures, Public Holidays and more
For the most current events, see our August 2020 Diversity Calendar
Here are a few of the events affecting work in August:
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Chinese and Japanese Celebrations
If you have Chinese employees or do business in China, make note of August 3rd and August 9th. Your plans and work might be affected by the Ghost Festival and Seventh Night, which occur on those dates, respectively.
Business Closures in Latin America
A number of Latin America countries celebrate their independence days during August. All of these are public holidays when offices are closed. Countries with such holidays include Bolivia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay.
India is a growing player in global business and the world workforce. If you do business with India, or have employers or contractors there, August has some key events affecting work.
First, August 15 is India’s Independence Day. Also there are two important Hindu festivals in August, Raksha Bandhan on August 18 followed by Janmashtami on Aug. 25th
Public Holidays on August 1
August 1 is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. In Canada, it’s Civic Day, a holiday in many key provinces. In Iceland, August 3 is Commerce Day.
These are just a few examples of events occurring in different parts of the world and for a few cultures and religious faiths during August. There are many more, just serving to complicate managing a multicultural workforce and global business in the 21st century. For a complete listing, please refer to our cultural diversity calendar.