by: Lili Pad
The Month of August
August was originally named Sextilis in Latin since it was the sixth month in the Ancient Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. It became the eight month with a length of 29 days around 700 BCE when January and February were added to the year. Julius Caesar added two days to the month around 45 BCE. It was later renamed to honor Augustus Caesar in 8 BCE.
It is considered the busiest time for tourism because it falls in the main school summer holiday period. It is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.
August in Other Languages:
• Chinese (Mandarin) – Bayuè
• Danish – August
• Italian – Agosto
• Latin – Augustus
• Spanish – Agosto
Peridot is a gem-quality transparent variety of olivine, a mineral composed of magnesium-iron silicates. These crystals are also found in the Mogok district of Burma, Norway, Brazil, China, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Australia and Mexico. It has also been found in some meteorites.
This gem is among the oldest gemstones. It was regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. the Greeks believed that it brought royal dignity upon its wearer.
The August birthflower is the Gladiolus. Its name is from the Latin word ‘gladius’ which menas sword, a reference to its sword-shaped leaves with one-sided spikes of funnel-shaped.
It was discovered in South Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries and it was used as food.
Famous people celebrating their Birthdays this month:
1. Dingdong Dantes – August 2
2. Barack Obama – August 4
3. Gary Valenciano – August 6
4. Whitney Houston – August 9
5. Halle Berry – August 14
6. Manuel L. Quezon – August 19
7. Michael Jackson – August 29
8. Cameron Diaz – August 30
9. Jennifer Lawrence – August 15