Friday, the 1st of August, 2014 is the 213th day in 2014 and in the 31st calendar week.

General Events:

International Beer Day
August 1, 2014 in the World

International Beer Day is observed on August 01, 2014. It is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. International Beer Day (IBD) was founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents.

Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: (1) To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. (2) To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. (3) To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

Participants are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.

Where is International Beer Day?
Worldwide

Swiss National Day
August 1, 2014 in Switzerland

Swiss National Day takes place on August 01, 2014. The Swiss National Day is the national holiday of Switzerland. It is an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889. The day of independence is typically celebrated at a local, municipality level though certain events draw nation-wide attention.

Where is Swiss National Day?
Nationwide Switzerland

Lammas 2014
August 1, 2014 in Northern Hemisphere

Lammas is observed on August 01, 2014. In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day (Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, “loaf-mass”), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide. The loaf was blessed, and in Anglo-Saxon England it might be employed afterwards to work magic: A book of Anglo-Saxon charms directed that the lammas bread be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain. In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of first fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first or the sixth of August. Lammas coincides with the feast of St. Peter in Chains, commemorating St. Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison.

Where is Lammas?
Nationwide Northern Hemisphere

Lughnasadh 2014
August 1, 2014 in Ireland and Scotland

Lughnasadh takes place on August 01, 2014. Lughnasadh is a traditional Gaelic holiday celebrated on 1 August. It originated as a harvest festival, corresponding to the Welsh Calan Awst and the English Lammas.

Where is Lughnasadh?
Nationwide Ireland and Scotland

Lammas August 2, July 31st/Aug 1st
Frey Fest/Lughnasa/Lugnasad/Lammas

This is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun. In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live. Sound familiar?

The power of the sun goes into the grain as it ripens. It is then harvested and made into the first new bread of the season. This is the Saxon hlaef-masse or loaf-mass, now lammas. Seed grain is also saved for planting for next year’s crop, so the sun god may be seen to rise again in Spring with the new green shoots, as the sun also rises in the sky. There are many traditions and customs all over the country that are still carried on at harvest-time today.

Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centred around this. Lammas is an early Christian festival, “lammas” means loaf mass and represented the first loaves baked from that years crop. These were taken to church and laid on the altar.

It’s a time for bread-making and corn-dollies. Goddesses celebrated around this time include Demeter and Ceres. Trees associated with lammas are Hazel and Gorse and herbs are Sage and Meadowsweet. Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.

Lammas is traditionally first harvest. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yeilding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits alongwith apple and pear trees. In this day and age when food is mass produced and imported so we get fruits and veg and corn no matter what time of year it is, it is easy to loose touch with the natural cycle of things.

Suggested Activities: Creating and or decorating ritual items such as a Stang. Walk through the woods to spend some time meditating in beautiful surroundings. Making bread, make a wicker man and put all of your bad habits that you want to be rid of inside him and throw him in the bonfire. Making corn dollies.

Dormition Fast
August 1 – 14, 2014 in the World

Dormition fast takes place on August 01, 2014. The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast. From August 1 to August 14 (inclusive) Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. The Dormition Fast is a stricter fast than either the Nativity Fast (Advent) or the Apostles’ Fast, with only wine and oil (but no fish) allowed on weekends.

As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast that falls during the Fast; in this case, the Transfiguration (August 6), on which fish, wine and oil are allowed. In some places, the services on weekdays during the Fast are similar to the services during Great Lent. Many churches and monasteries in the Russian tradition will perform the Lenten services on at least the first day of the Dormition Fast.

During the Fast, either the Great Paraklesis or the Small Paraklesis are celebrated every evening except Saturday evening and the Eves of the Transfiguration and the Dormition. The first day of the Dormition Fast is a feast day called the Procession of the Cross (August 1), on which day it is customary to have a crucession and perform the Lesser Sanctification of Water.

Where is Dormition fast?
Worldwide

Minden Day 2014
August 1, 2014 in United Kingdom

Minden Day is observed on August 01, 2014. Minden Day is a regimental anniversary celebrated by certain units of the British Army. It commemorates the participation of the forerunners of the regiments in the Battle of Minden on that date in 1759. The celebration of the day involves the wearing of “Minden Roses” on the regimental head dress, and, in the case of the infantry regiments, the decoration of the regimental colours with garlands of roses. This recalls that the regiments wore wild roses at the battle that they had plucked from the hedgerows as they advanced to engage the enemy.

Where is Minden Day?
Nationwide United Kingdom

Twins Days Festival
August 1 – 3, 2014 in Twinsburg, Ohio

Twins Days Festival takes place from August 01 till August 03, 2014. It is celebrated each year on the first full weekend of August in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twins Days Festival is the largest annual gathering of biological twins and other multiples (e.g. triplets, quads) in the world. It was founded in 1976 by Revco’s Charles R. DeHaven.

The event has twin based contests, “talent” shows which is opened every year with the Star Spangled Banner sung by John and Jerry Starlet and signed in ASL by Jamie Maassen and Jodie Qualkinbush, and a parade along Ravenna Road and routinely draws thousands of participants from all over the United States.

A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic (“identical”), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (“fraternal”) meaning that they develop from two eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells.

Where is Twins Days Festival?
Nationwide Twinsburg, Ohio

National Girlfriends Day
August 1, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Girlfriends Day! Where would you be without your girlfriends and gal pals? Today, take a moment to step back and appreciate these lifelong friends.

Girlfriends are the women who you can always depend on. Whether you call on them to share exciting news, to have a shoulder to cry on, or to just hang out, your girlfriends are always there for you. That’s why there is an entire day dedicated to these friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters. They are all essential parts of our lives!

To celebrate National Girlfriends Day, send a free eCard to your girlfriends to let them know you’re thinking of them. Be sure to make plans to spend some quality time together—head to the beach, go to a wine tasting, or spend a day in the park. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the time you spend with each other!

Where is National Girlfriends Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

607 – Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).

1086 – Results of the Domesday inquiry presented to William the Conqueror in Salisbury (the date of compilation and the Great Domesday are historically contestable)

1291 – Everlasting League forms, basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence)

1759 – Battle at Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France

1774 – Joseph Priestley, English theologian and chemist author discovers oxygen

1785 – Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet

1831 – London Bridge opens to traffic

1834 – Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire – Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect

1838 – Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.

1840 – Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.

1861 – Brazil recognizes Confederacy

1890 – Cecil Rhodes’ colonies reach Lundi

1907 – First Scout camp opens on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset

1914 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany declares war on his nephew Tsar Nicholas II (WW I) of Russia in WWI

1941 – The first Jeep is produced

1950 – Guam Organic Act by establishes Guam as US territory

1954 – In South Africa, The Natives Resettlement Act empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg; less than a year after the Act was passed Sophiatown residents were forcefully removed to Meadowlands in Soweto

1957 – US & Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

1968 – Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins

1975 – 38 government leaders signs Helsinki accord

1982 – Heavy Israeli air bombardment on Beirut

1987 – In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Maori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings.

1990 – Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait