Tuesday, August 1, 2017

AUGUST




August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fifth month to have the length of 31 days. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere. In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
(Emperor Augustus)

August's birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx.
Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family

Peridot is gem-quality olivine. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. In rare cases, peridot may occur in a medium-dark toned, visually pure green with no secondary yellow hue or brown mask.


Sardonyx is a variant of onyx in which the colored bands are sard (shades of red) rather than black.
I was in Vienna between July 26th and July 30th. Among all the things I saw was Gemma Augustea (above). It is in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ("Museum of Art History" in Vienna) and is made out of sardonyx. One of the figures seen in this low-relief cameo is emperor Augustus :)


Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). It is sometimes called the 'sword lily', but is usually called by its generic name (plural gladioli). The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa.


A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colorful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds.
Following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.




ON STARDOLL:
There are two gladiolus themed items in Suite Shop. Both can be found under Decor: Nature: Flower, almost at the bottom of the page.
(This doesn't look like gladiolus flower to me, but who am I to argue with Stardoll? ;P)

Apparently, there were these free poppies back in April of 2011 celebrating Anzac day as a part of a contest for Australians only. Does anyone here have them?


List of August birthdays:

August 1st: DiDi.DiDus
August 7th: regikenneth97
August 10th: juli9900
August 14th: Exabella
August 24th: lolitka1444

If there's anyone else here that has their birthday in July, please leave a comment with your username and birth date.

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