August is the eighth month of the modern Gregorian calendar year. It is 31 days long and falls between the months of July and September.
August was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ancient Roman calendar. When January and February were added to the year in approximately 700 B.C., August became the eighth month. In 8 B.C., it was officially named August in honor of Augustus Caesar.
In the modern Western world, August is considered the busiest month for tourism because it falls during most schools' summer breaks. The birthstone for August is the peridot or onyx, and the flower is the poppy or gladiolus.