Important Days in August 2024: Special National and International Days

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars that comes after July and before September. Originally names as Sextilis, the month were later renamed after Julius Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.

In this month, a number of important days are observed, some of global importance and others of national importance in particular country(s).

This article presents a list of all important days and dates in August 2024 along with the corresponding dates on which they will be observed.

Important Days in August 2024

August 1World Wide Web Day, National Mountain Climbing Day, Yorkshire Day
August 4US Coast Guard Day, International Beer Day
August 6Hiroshima Day, Friendship Day
August 7National Handloom Day
August 8Quit India Movement Day
August 9International Day of World’s Indigenous People
August 10World Biofuel Day
August 12International Youth Day
August 13International Lefthanders Day
August 15Independence Day
August 16Parsi New Year
August 19World Humanitarian Day, World Photography Day
August 20World Mosquito Day, Sadbhavana Diwas
August 22Madras Day
August 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, National
Space Day (India)
August 26Women’s Equality Day (US), International
Dog Day
August 29National Sports Day, International Day against Nuclear Tests, Telugu Language Day
August 30Small Industry Day

List of Special Days in August 2024

Having some knowledge about the special days and dates is considered beneficial as it provides awareness related to topics of national and international concern.

Apart from this, days and dates play a significant part of competitive exam syllabus. Below here is provided a detailed list of all important and special days & dates to be observed in August 2024.

International Beer Day (First Friday of August) on 4 August

Every first Friday of August month is observed as International Beer Day. The purpose behind this day is to simply gather with friends and share beer with them and to honor those who brew and serve beer. In the year 2024, International Beer Day will be observed on August 4, 2024.

Friendship Day (First Sunday of August) on 4 August

Friendship Day, also International Friendship Day or Friend’s Day, is celebrated by different countries around the world on first Sunday of August every year. Other than this, many countries may also have their specific Friendship Day celebration on other dates.

Hiroshima Day on 6 August

Hiroshima Day is observed every year on 6 August in commemoration of atomic bombings on Hiroshima, Japan. In the year 1945, United States dropped two bombs on Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing around 129,000 and 226,000 people respectively in these bombings.

Quit India Movement Day on 8 August

The Quit India Movement, also famously known as the August Movement, was launched by Mahatma Gandhi after his Quit India speech delivered in Bombay on 8 August 1942. Started fiercely, the movement was however crushed soon by the Britishers.

Nagasaki Day on 9 August

Nagasaki Day is observed every year on 9 August in commemoration of atomic bombings on Nagasaki, Japan. In the year 1945, United States dropped two bombs on Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing around 129,000 and 226,000 people respectively in these bombings.

World Biofuel Day on 10 August

To raise awareness among people regarding the advantages of using non-fossil fuels over fossil fuels, World Biofuel Day is observed in India every year on 10th August. The first World Biofuel Day was celebrated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2015.

International Youth Day on 12 August

Every year International Youth Day is observed on August 12th with the aim to draw attention toward youth issues worldwide. The first International Youth Day was observed by the United Nations on 12 August, 2000.

International Lefthanders Day on 13 August

To raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed and to address other issues like the likelihood for left-handed people to develop schizophrenia, August 13 is celebrated as International Lefthanders Day.

Independence Day (India) on 15 August

India got its independence from the British rules on 15th August 1947 and this day is celebrated as the Independence Day in the country. It is one of the three national holidays observed in India along with Gandhi Jayanti and Republic Day. The day is celebrated by hoisting flags and organizing cultural programs.

World Humanitarian Day on 19 August

To honor the work of humanitarians and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes, the United Nations adopted 19th August to be celebrated as World Humanitarian Day.

World Mosquito Day on 20 August

Every year, 20 August marks the day on which British doctor Sir Ronald Rossdiscovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans and is observed as World Mosquito Day.

Madras Day (India) on 22 August

To commemorate the founding of the city of Madras (now Chennai), 22 August every year is observed as Madras Day. Since 2004, Madras Day is celebrated every year with fairs, exhibitions, cultural festivals, etc.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on 23 August

In the memory of the Atlantic slave trade (transatlantic slave trade), the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed every year on 23rd August.

Women’s Equality Day (US) on 26 August

Every year, United States observes August 26 as Women’s Equality Day and is celebrated in commemoration of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Amendment prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.

International Day against Nuclear Tests on 29 August

To raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions, the International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed every year on August 29. The day also commemorates the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on August 29, 1991.

International Day of the Disappeared on 30 August

To draw attention toward the individuals who are imprisoned at places and under poor conditions not even known to their relatives, the International Day of the Disappeared is observed on August 30 of each year.

List of Special Days and Dates in August 2024

The days and dates mentioned above are are the major ones but apart from them there are other significant days in August as well. A list of other important days and dates that will fall in August 2024 is provided below.

1 August- National Girlfriend Day, Statehood Day (Colorado), Yorkshire Day (England), Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), Armed Forces Day (China, Lebanon), Parents’ Day (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Minden Day (United Kingdom), Official Birthday and Coronation Day of the King of Tonga (Tonga), Azerbaijani Language and Alphabet Day (Azerbaijan), Victory Day (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), World Scout Scarf Day, Emancipation Day (Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands), National Day (Benin), Lammas (England, Scotland), Pachamama Raymi (Ecuador, Peru), Lughnasadh (Gaels, Ireland, Scotland), Swiss National Day (Switzerland), National Milkshake Day (US), Procession of the Cross and the beginning of Dormition Fast (Eastern Orthodoxy)

2 August- Republic Day (North Macedonia), Our Lady of the Angels Day (Costa Rica), Airmobile Forces Day (Ukraine), Paratroopers Day (Russia), Day of Azerbaijani Cinema (Azerbaijan)

3 August- Flag Day (Venezuela), Independence Day (Niger), Pidjiguiti Massacre (Guinea-Bissau), Arbor Day (Niger), National Guard Day (Venezuela), Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea), National Watermelon Day (US), Esther Day (US)

4 August- Matica Slovenska Day (Slovakia), Constitution Day (Cook Islands), Coast Guard Day (US), Revolution Day (Burkina Faso), National White Wine Day (US)

5 August- Independence Day (Burkina Faso), Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders (Croatia), Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major (Catholic Church), National Underwear Day (US)

6 August- Independence Day (Bolivia, Jamaica), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (Hiroshima, Japan), Feast of the Transfiguration, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s Accession Day (United Arab Emirates)

7 August- Emancipation Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis), Republic Day (Ivory Coast), Independence Day (Ivory Coast), Battle of Boyaca Day (Colombia), Assyrian Martyrs Day (Assyrian community), Youth Day (Kiribati)

8 August- International Cat Day, Father’s Day (Taiwan), Namesday of Queen Silvia of Sweden, (Sweden), Ceasefire Day (Iraqi Kurdistan), Nane Nane Day (Tanzania), Signal Troops Day (Ukraine), Happiness Happens Day, International Day of World’s Indigenous People

9 August- Day of the World’s Indigenous People, National Women’s Day (South Africa), National Day (Singapore), Remembrance for Radbod, King of the Frisians (The Troth), Battle of Gangut Day (Russia)

10 August- World Lion Day, Argentine Air Force Day (Argentina), National S’more Day (US), Constitution Day (Anguilla), Declaration of Independence of Quito (Ecuador)

11 August- Independence Day (Chad), Flag Day (Pakistan), Mountain Day (Japan)

12 August- Russian Railway Troops Day (Russia), Sea Org Day (Scientology), Glorious Twelfth (United Kingdom), World Elephant Day, HM the Queen’s Birthday and National Mother’s Day (Thailand), Raksha Bandhan

13 August- Women’s Day (Tunisia), Independence Day (Central African Republic), National Filet Mignon Day (US)

14 August- Independence Day (Pakistan), Anniversary Day (Tristan da Cunha), Falklands Day (Falkland Islands), Commemoration of Wadi al-Dahab (Morocco), Engineer’s Day (Dominican Republic), Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland (Abkhazia), Pramuka Day (Indonesia), National Creamsicle Day (US), Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

15 August- National Acadian Day (Acadians), Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary, Constitution    Day (Equatorial Guinea), Navy Day (Romania), Ferragosto (Italy), Independence Day (Korea), Maras (Latvia), Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches), Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands (Spain), National Mourning Day (Bangladesh), Mother’s Day (Antwerp and Costa Rica), Founding of Asuncion (Paraguay), Armed Forces Day (Poland), Awa Dance Festival (Tokushima Prefecture), Fatherland Liberation Day (North Korea), End-of-war Memorial Day (Japan), National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (US), Victory over Japan Day (United Kingdom), Gwangbokjeol (South Korea), National Day (Liechtenstein), Independence Day (Republic of the Congo)

16 August- Restoration Day (Dominican Republic), National Airborne Day (US), Bennington Battle Day (US), Gozan no Okuribi (Kyoto, Japan), Children’s Day (Paraguay), National Rum Day (US)

17 August- Independence Day (Indonesia, Gabon), Flag Day (Bolivia), Prekmurje Union Day (Slovenia), Engineer’s Day (Colombia), The Birthday of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari), San Martin Day (Argentina), National Vanilla Custard Day (US)

18 August- National Couple’s Day, Constitution Day (Indonesia), Arbor Day (Pakistan), Birthday of Virginia Dare (Roanoke Island), National Science Day (Thailand), Armed Forces Day (North Macedonia), Bad Poetry Day, Long Tan Day (Australia)

19 August- Afghan Independence Day (Afghanistan), Saviour’s Transfiguration or Apples Feast (Russian Orthodox Church, Georgian Orthodox Church), Feast of the Transfiguration, Buhe (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church), Manuel Luis Quezon Day (The Philippines), National Aviation Day (US), August Revolution Commemoration Day (Vietnam), National Potato Day (US), Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit (Norway), World Photography Day

20 August– Restoration of Independence Day (Estonia), Revolution of the King and People (Morocco), Indian Akshay Urja Day (India), Saint Stephen’s Day (Hungary), Sadbhavna Divas

21 AugustInternational Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, Ninoy Aquino Day (Philippines), Youth Day/King Mohammed VI’s Birthday (Morocco)

22 August- International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Flag Day (Russia), Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, Feast of the Coronation of Mary, National Pecan Torte Day (US), National Eat a Peach Day (US)

23 August- European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism or Black Ribbon Day (European Union), Umhlanga Day (Swaziland), Battle of Kursk Day (Russia), Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day (Romania), Day of the National Flag (Ukraine)

24 August– Independence Day of Ukraine, Flag Day (Liberia), National Waffle Day (US), Willka Raymi (Cusco, Peru), Nostalgia Night (Uruguay), International Strange Music Day

25 August- Soldier’s Day (Brazil), Independence Day (Uruguay), National Whiskey Sour Day (US), Day of Songun (North Korea), National Banana Split Day (US), Liberation Day (France)

26 August- Herero Day (Namibia), Repentance Day (Papua New Guinea)

27 August- Independence Day(Republic of Moldova), Lyndon Baines Johnson Day (US), Film and Movies Day (Russia), National Pots De Creme Day (US), National Banana Lovers Day (US)

28 August- Assumption of Mary (Eastern Orthodox Church, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia), Crackers of the Keyboard Day, National Cherry Turnover Day (US)

29 August- National Sports Day (India), Telugu Language Day (India), Miners’ Day (Ukraine), National Chop Suey Day (US), Slovak National Uprising Anniversary (Slovakia), National Lemon Juice Day (US)

30 August- International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Small Industry Day, Saint Rose of Lima’s Day (Peru), Constitution Day (Kazakhstan, Turks, Caicos Islands), Popular Consultation Day (East Timor), Independence Day (Tatarstan, Russia), Victory Day (Turkey), National Beach Day

31 August-  International Day for People of African Descent, Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day), North Borneo Self-government Day (Borneo), Baloch-Pakhtun Unity Day, Independence Day (Federation of Malaya, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad and Tobago), Day of Solidarity and Freedom (Poland), National Trail Mix Day (US), National Language Day (Moldova)


When is National Couple’s Day?

It will be celebrated on 18th of August 2024.

When is World Humanitarian Day?

World Humanitarian Day is one of the special days in August which is observed on 19th August every year.

When do we observe Small Industry Day?

On 30th August 2024

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