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The month of June brings beauty in all forms, from flowers to sunlight. See 8 events to mark on your calendar—plus gardening tips, astronomy highlights, seasonal recipes, folklore, and more!
The Month of June
Juno is the ancient Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. And the month of June is still a popular month for weddings today! As a natural extension of marriage, Juno was also the goddess of childbirth. Another interpretation of the origins of “June” says that the name came from the Latin juvenis, “young people,” who were celebrated at this time.
Juno, in Roman religion, was the chief goddess and female counterpart of Jupiter, similar to the relationship between the Greek Hera and Zeus. Perhaps not surprisingly, given her role of protector of women and children, this powerful queen of the gods was also considered the fierce protector and special counselor of the state and a guardian angel warning those in times of danger.
June 14 is Flag Day (U.S.). Be sure to raise the flag! Learn about the U.S. Flag Code, which provides guidelines for displaying the American flag properly.
June 18 is Father’s Day this year. Find activity ideas and learn about the history of Father’s Day.
June 19 is Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day). On this day in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation aloud in Galveston, Texas, effectively liberating enslaved people in the state, which had thus far been beyond control of the Union Army.
June 21 is the summer solstice, whichheralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins at this time.
In Canada, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada), recognizing the contributions of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
June 24 brings Midsummer Day, also St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day. Traditionally, this was the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting. It is celebrated in many cultures on the night of June 23, as Midsummer Eve! Learn all about Midsummer traditions.
June 28 is the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots—a watershed moment for LGBT rights in the United States.
Cut your thistles before St. John [June 24], You will have two instead of one.
“Just for Fun” Days
Here are more fun things to celebrate this June:
June 1: Say Something Nice Day June 3: Chimborazo Day June 6: National Yo-Yo Day June 8: Upsy Daisy Day June 21: Go Skateboarding Day June 30: Asteroid Day
The Full Strawberry Moon
June’s full Moon, the full Strawberry Moon, occurs on Saturday, June 3. It reaches peak illumination at 11:43 P.M. (EDT) that morning. See your local Moon Phase Calendar.
Bright Plants of June
On June 21, after sunset, a gorgeous three-way conjunction of Venus, Mars, and the crescent Moon occurs. See Bob’s June Sky Watch.
Which of the following is a traditional gift to give on a 19th wedding anniversary?
A. aquamarine B. china C. coral D. lace
(To see answer, scroll to bottom of page!)
Recipes for the Season
Summer brings juicy fruit ripened by the Sun and many garden treats to the table! Try: