August 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 (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February). 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.
On the greek orthodox christian calendar, the Feast of the Dormition of Theotokos is celebrated on August 15. It is a national and religious holiday that marks the “falling asleep”, repose or kimisis of the Virgin Mary, mother of Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven.
August is also considered as the highlight of summer in Greece, when numerous events and celebrations are organised to provide all travelleres with special memories and experiences. It is the best season to enjoy the sea and the sun and have fun. Tourists from all over the world flourish the cycladic islands to take part in all kinds of festivities.