What’s On August




Double Seventh Festival, China, August 7

Held on the seventh day of the
seventh lunar month, the Qixi
Festival is also known as
‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’
because of its association with
romance. Based on an ancient
myth of a cowherd who meets a
weaver girl, it is particularly
associated with young women
and newlyweds.


Festival Lembah Ijen, Taman Terakota, Banyuwangi, August 16

Lembah Ijen Festival is a cultural
event held by people in the Lembah
Ijen valley in order to highlight
Banyuwangi’s traditional culture.
Lembah Ijen, an interesting geopark
where people live in harmony with
nature, is recognised for its
preservation of Banyuwangi’s
traditional arts and culture. The
festival is held once a month at
Taman Gandrung Terakota, featuring
Meras Gandrung theatrical dance.
During the festival, a traditional
food bazaar is also held at Area
Jambu Restaurant, and folk art
is displayed.


Melbourne International Film Festival August 1 – 18

This celebration of the best and
most creative in Australian and
international film will this year feature
a special screening of Quentin
Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time
in Hollywood and a Jeff Goldblum
movie marathon. miff.com.au


Hajj, Mecca, August 9 – 14

The image of thousands of pilgrims
circling the Kaaba, the cube at the
centre of The Sacred Mosque in the
holy city of Mecca, is one of the most
spectacular sights on earth. Every year,
between two and three million people
undertake the journey, which every
adult Muslim able to do so is expected
to undertake at least once in their
lifetime. Held during the last month of
the Islamic calendar, Dhu al Hijjah, Hajj
is one of the five pillars of Islam, along
with faith, prayer, charity and fasting,
and symbolises unity between Muslims
from all around the world.

From August 11 to 15, Muslims will also
observe Eid al Adha – one of the most
important Islamic holidays of the year.
Also referred to as the Festival of
Sacrifice, it commemorates the prophet
Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness
to sacrifice his son for God. People
observe the day with animal sacrifice,
prayers, family gatherings, and the
exchange of food and gifts.