1 August 2008


August, the eighth month of the year and the sixth month of the Roman calender. The Romans called the month Sextilis, which means sixth. Eight years before Jesus was born the name of the month was changed to Augustus in honour of the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, because many of the important events in his life happened around that time of the year.
The Anglo-Saxons called it Weod Monath, which means Weed month, because it is the month when weeds and other plants grow most repidly.

August is the busiest time for tourism, as it falls in the main school holiday of the year, the summer holidays, which lasts for six weeks for state run schools.

1 comment:

Madalena said...

We love August, don't we? Well... if you need some rest you'd better stay at home. Ant Célia, thanks for this explanation of the meaning of the month. Happy August!