June, the first summer month, is associated with great weather, time outdoors, anticipation of summer travels and adventures. It is also a month, filled with interesting events and important dates, celebrated every year.
The name of this month, June, is believed to derive from the name of ancient Roman goddess, Juno, who was Jupiter’s wife and a queen of all gods. According to some sources, she is also believed to be the goddess of marriage, which is why June is considered to be a great month to tie the knot.
Annually in June, LGBTQIA+ pride parades are being held across the globe, making this month all about inclusion, tolerance, and equality. June is also celebrated as an African-American Music Appreciation Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month, Iced Tea Month, Candy Month, and even Adopt a Cat Month.
1st June is celebrated as the Children’s Day all over the world, meanwhile 5th June is an International Environment Day. Each year, on the third Sunday of June, Father’s Day is being celebrated. This year, Father’s Day will be observed on June 21st.
The longest day in the year is also observed in June, known as summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The word ‘Solstice’ is originated from the Latin word ‘Solstitium’, meaning sun standing still. Although it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, it is not the hottest one: the oceans need time to warm up, so a true hot summer weather can establish weeks after June solstice. June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
June is the birth month for two zodiac signs: Gemini (May 21 – June 20) and Cancer (June 21 – July 20). Many famous and creative people are born in June, just to name a few: Amy Schumer, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Natalie Portman, Venus Williams, Zoe Saldana, Meryl Streep, Elon Musk, and others.
Some more curious facts about June include:
- The birthstones for June are the pearl, moonstone and the alexandrite, an extremely rare gemstone that changes color based on the lighting.
- The birth flowers of June are rose, symbolizing love, gratitude and appreciation, and honeysuckle.
- In 2009 June was the 662 most popular name for girls in the USA.
Caesar changed the Roman Calendar and added two months to the calendar shifting
June from the fourth to sixth month of the year.
The month of June is filled with this fresh and charming feeling of approaching summer, celebrations and special occasions! We hope everyone will find something interesting and remarkable to celebrate!