16 offbeat August Holidays to celebrate in 2020

August is the 8th month of the year and is considered one of the most happening months of the year and there are lots of offbeat August holidays. Due to a number of events following this month, August is also considered as the ‘National Immunization Awareness Month’.

2020 August Holidays Calendar
August 2020 Holidays Calendar

This month is a mix of many emotions as it accounts for the last few days of summer break. During this time, one can find various beaches overcrowded and people breaking on summer cool drinks to keep themselves away from heat.

This is the time when the western hemisphere is seen encountering the dry heat with bodies at its seaside.

August Holidays 2020 List

 Here is a list of main holidays which take place in the month of August:

August 1 – Respect for Parents Day 
August 2 – National Coloring Book Day 
August 8 – International Cat Day 
August 9 – National Book Lovers Day 
August 10 – National Lazy Day 
August 11 – National Sons and Daughters Day 
August 12 – International Youth Day 
August 12 – World Elephant Day 
August 13 – International Lefthanders Day 
August 15 – National Relaxation Day 
August 16 – National Tell a Joke Day 
August 19 –  World Photo Day 
August 19 – World Humanitarian Day 
August 20 – National Lemonade Day 
August 26 – National Dog Day 
August 26 – National Women’s Equality Day 

National Book Lovers Day:

National Book Lover's Day
National Book Lover’s Day

On every 9th of August, book lover’s day or National book lover’s day is celebrated across the United Nations. Although this is not considered as an official day by any ruling body of the country or even the UN, it is very much an official event in the country.

The main idea behind celebrating this day is to encourage all the citizens especially the bibliophiles to continue reading and following their passion.

Over the years, in the world of technology after numerous researches, it has been observed that people who are into the habit of reading, are mentally more fit and stable that people who spend a considerable amount of time on their smartphones.

Hence. On this day various initiatives are taken to encourage everyone to read and stay informed.

How is the day celebrated

Although it is considered an unofficial holiday, it is still celebrated with full passion and determination not just in the United States but across the globe. All the readers on this day make it a point to mention the various books they have been raiding and the authors they follow.

Moreover, we can see many book fairs been set up on this day and books being sold at a discounted rate.

International Youth Day:

International Youth Day 2020
International Youth Day 2020

On the 12th of August each year, International Youth Day is observed. The day is considered as an awareness day by the United Nations. The main purpose behind the celebration of this day is to draw the attention of the youth about the various legal and cultural issues surrounding them.

The very first ever International Youth Day was celebrated in the year 2000, 20 years back exactly. On this day the governments of the various countries along with the various social bodies take the opportunity to point out the various issues which have been taking place.

How is Youth day celebrated:

On this day, various workshops, seminars, fun events, awareness speeches are held to discuss the trending issues which relate to the youth. The local and international government officials of various countries are seen gathering together in one country to discuss and come up with various solutions.

Each year, a theme is decided such as ‘Youth Building Peace’, ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ etc. and the events are planned according to the theme.

World Humanitarian Day:

World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day: August 19, 2020

On the 19th of July each year, World Humanitarian Day is celebrated globally and most popular amongst August Holidays. The day is celebrated to recognize all the humanitarian personnel and all of those individuals who have sacrificed their lives for various causes pertaining to the humanitarian grounds.

The day was designated by the official subsidiary of the UN which is the United Nations, General Assembly. This initiative was a part of the GA Resolution A/63/L.

This was the day when Sergio De Mello, the representative of the secretary-general to Iraq along with his 21 colleagues have killed Baghdad UN headquarters. This day is considered as a very sad day for the entire world yet a vital day.

World Humanitarian Day: the celebration

Although this is not the day considered for various celebrations, however, this day is taken extremely seriously by all the people across the globe. A lot of respect and love are shown towards individuals who have lost their lives for noble acts and empathy is shown towards the families of such people.

The government also makes sure to grant some benefits in the monetary terms to the families and help them in every possible way.

National Women’s Equality Day:

National Women’s Equality Day
National Women’s Equality Day 2020

On the 26th of August each year, National Women’s Day is observed in the US. The main idea behind celebrating this day is to bring to the notice and commemorate the rights of the woman to vote in the US.

This day was also initiated to bridge the gap between women and men and throw light on the whole idea of equality. National Women’s day is considered as an annual event in the United States and is taken very seriously by the citizens.

How is Women’s Equality Day celebrated:

On this day, there are a number of women organizations across the county who try and speak about equality. These organizations work day and night out to help all the women of the country to get equal opportunities just like the men do and don’t be deprived of any of their rights which they deserve.

These organizations especially fight for the right to vote and the right to education and employment for the women. On this day, various events, seminars, discussions are kept to discuss issues related to women.

Moreover, women who have done excellent jobs in their own fields are recognized this day and appreciated and congratulated.


August can be considered as one of the best months to get back your routine back. To prepare a plan, one must also be aware of all the important August holidays and make sure to not miss out on any festival.

To be able to get back to routine, one will need to make an effective to-do list and jot down all the important points and do a proper self-analysis before actually breaking back to your routine. For this, one can make use of the August 2020 calendar which acts as a great planner.

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