August 2016 Calendar printable9:00 AM
August! The months which in Europe and US usually means the Summer is about to near its end very soon has a whole different meaning in India.
For us, this marks the return of the multiple public holidays and the nearing of the festive season. It starts with India's Independence Day on August 15th. Then it is followed by Rakshabandhan, a festival during which sisters tie a bracelet around their brother's wrist and ask for their protection. And before you know it Janmastami is here before we get sucked into September and the full start of the festive season.
For parents, this is the time of the year the kids will be at home on a holiday at least once a week until Diwali, some schools going far more overboard in the holiday department than others.
To reflect this month of festivities in the most secular way possible I decided to go with a saffron, white and green palette to honour the Indian flag, and drew a rakhi, the bracelet tied during Rakshabandhan.
Here are a few tid-bits you might want to know about August in India:
- The first two weeks of the months mark the end of the Monsoon sales in most shops, department stores and malls. It usually ends on August 15th.
- August 15th, while being India's Independence day is usually a day during which people go shopping to strike the last bargains of the season before all the prices gets inflated again during the festive period.
This is the Indian equivalent of US's Black Friday, and if you are sane enough you stay home, and if you need to shop, you shop online.
Malls are usually super crowded, and in a few of them in Mumbai there is a queue to get in at the security check point. If you enjoy crowd baths and being stampeded, then by all mean join the folly. I myself stay home and away from any commercial area.
- Rakhi make their appearance in shops by the end of July so that ladies with out of town brothers can send them by post, it's to my knowledge the only festival where people will shop more than a week in advance for.
- Over the years, August also came to be about Friendship, and friendship bracelets are often sold along with Rakhi during that time of the year, probably to that those who have no brothers to exchange bracelets with can still do so with their friends.
Now remember to brace yourself :
The Festive Season is coming!
2016 has come and gone, and I removed the links to the files. If you are looking for a calendar printable know that my 2017 edition is up for download, find it out in this blog post.