June: Holidays, fun facts, and everything else you should know


The month of June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and an urge to get out there and enjoy the sunshine. Check out June holidays, wacky times, and even a fun quiz!


The month of June

June was most likely named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Another interpretation says that the name came from the Latin juvenis, “young people,” who were celebrated at this time.


June calendar

June 5 is World Environment Day, a day meant to raise environmental awareness across the globe.


June 14 is Flag Day. Be sure to raise the flag! Learn about the U.S. Flag Code, which provides guidelines for displaying the American flag properly.


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 slaves in the state, which had thus far been beyond control of the Union Army.


June 20 is the summer solstice, which heralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight, so enjoy! In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins at this time.


June 20 is also Father’s Day this year.


June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This holiday is meant to remind Canadians of the contributions of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.


June 24 brings Midsummer Day, traditionally the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting.


“Just for fun” days

June 3 is Chimborazo Day.


June 6: is National Yo-Yo Day.


June 8 is Upsy Daisy Day.


June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day.


June 30 is Asteroid Day.


June quiz

Which of these famous individuals was not born during the month of June?


A. Jennifer Lawrence (actress)

B. Phil Mickelson (athlete)

C. Mike Tyson (athlete)

D. Fantasia Barrino (singer)


June’s birth flowers

June’s birth flowers are the honeysuckle and the rose.


A rose in general indicates love or desire. Specific roses may relate other messages. For example, a white rose may mean silence or new beginnings, while a yellow rose signifies jealousy.


The honeysuckle denotes the bonds of love, or generous and devoted affection.


June’s birthstone

June’s birthstone is generally considered to be the pearl.


Pearls are associated with purity, honesty, and calmness. If you dream of a pearl ring, expect romance.


Iridescent pearls come in soft colors that complement and flatter most complexions, and they are a popular wardrobe accessory for this reason. You’ll find pearls in a spectrum of neutrals ranging from creamy white to black to an assortment of beautiful hues including pink, yellow, brown, green, purple, blue, silver, and black.


High-quality pearls have a reflective luster, making them appear creamy white with an iridescent sheen that casts many colorful hues. They don’t need any polishing to reveal their natural luster.


Unlike other gems, true pearls develop naturally in the wild and are made by living creatures! Mollusks, such as clams, oysters, and mussels, create pearls in response to irritants that get inside their shells. When this happens, a mollusk coats the substance with conchiolin (which acts like a glue) and layers of crystallized calcium carbonate, called nacre or mother-of-pearl.


Only a few mollusks create pearls that are of high enough quality to use as jewelry. Natural pearls, found in the wild, can be various shapes; it is rare to find a perfectly smooth, round specimen.


Pearls are associated with purity, honesty, and calmness. If you dream of a pearl ring, expect romance.The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Other cultures associated pearls with the moon, calling them “teardrops of the moon.” Hindu folklore explained that dewdrops fell from the moon into the sea, and Krishna picked one for his daughter on her wedding day.


English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is believed to have eaten a paste of ground pearls and lemon juice to cure illness.


Most pearls available on the market are not wild; they are “cultured,” meaning that the mollusks are farmed and implanted with nuclei to start pearl development.


Pearls are very soft compared to other gems. They’ll even dissolve in vinegar, so take care of your pearls!


Alternate birthstones for June include alexandrite (an extremely rare gem that turns from bluish green in daylight to purplish red in incandescent light) and moonstone (a gem that shimmers like moonlight; the clearer the stone and the bluer its sheen, the more valuable).


Astrology

The two zodiac signs associated with the month of June are the Gemini (June 1 to June 20) and Cancer (June 21 to June 30).


The Gemini’s naturally inquisitive mind will search for greater stimulation this month, so it may be time to consider taking up some kind of serious study. It doesn’t have to be a conventional subject; just as long as you feel challenged you should get a lot from it. There may even be a link with travel abroad. If you’ve no holidays planned, why not think about doing it now? This couldn’t be a more auspicious time for you to broaden your horizon.


The Cancer may be experience some tension this month with the people you work alongside, and it might even spill out into open arguments, whether you were directly involved or not. That said, don’t let work pressures get you down, and try not to take out any frustrations on a loved one at home. You may feel like your efforts are generally being blocked this month, so plan your moves carefully; you’ll achieve much more this way.


Astronomy

June’s full moon, the Strawberry Moon, will occur Thursday, June 24. It will reach peak illumination at 2:40 p.m. (EDT) that afternoon but will not appear above the horizon until just after sunset.


• Last Quarter — June 2, 3:26 A.M. EDT

• New Moon — June 10, 6:54 A.M. EDT

• First Quarter — June 17, 11:54 P.M. EDT

• Full Strawberry Moon — June 24, 2:40 P.M. EDT


Quiz answer

A., Jennifer Lawrence (actress). Jennifer Lawrence, most widely known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy, was born August 15, 1990. Golfer Phil Mickelson, boxer Mike Tyson, and American Idol’s Fantasia Barrino were all born June 16, June 30, and June 30, respectively.

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