is the sixth month
in the Gregorian calendar
, with a length of 30
. The Roman poet Ovid provides two
etymologies for June's name in his poem concerning the months
entitled the Fasti
. The first is that the month is named
after the Roman goddess Juno
, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the
Greek goddess Hera
, whilst the second is that the name comes from the
Latin word iuniores
, meaning "younger ones," as opposed to
("elders") for which the preceding month May is
VI.1-88) . See:- Months in various
At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of
; at the end of June,
the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini
. However, due to the precession
of the equinoxes, June begins with the
sun in the astrological
sign of Gemini
, and ends with the sun in the
astrological sign of Cancer
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.
Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the
Hemisphere and vice versa.
The month of June—in the
Northern Hemisphere—is in Spring until the 21st, when the first day
of summer begins. The traditional June birthstone
is the pearl
June birth flower
is the rose
, or the honeysuckle
roses and honeysuckles bloom throughout June. June is also
sometimes called the "Rose month."
June is known for the large number of marriages
that occur over the course of the month.
According to one etymology, June is named after Juno
). Juno was
the goddess of marriage and a married couple's household, so some
consider it good luck to be married in this month.
In both common and leap years, no other month begins on the same
day of the week as June. This month and May are the only two months
that have this.
Events in June
June, from the Très riches heures du duc de Berry
- Madaraka Day
June 1 to commemorate when Kenya gained
- Flag Days of Sweden (June 6), United States (June 14 — see Flag Day in the United
States), Denmark (June 15), Argentina (June 20), and Romania (June 26).
- D-Day landings by Allied forces in
Normandy, June 6th, 1944.
- Kamehameha Day,
on June 11, is a state holiday in Hawaii, US, honoring the first ruler of the one-time
Independence Day is on June 12.
- Feast of St. Anthony of
Padua June 13
- United Kingdom – Trooping the
Colour (Military celebration of the monarch's official birthday
held in London on the
second Saturday of June)
- Bloomsday in Ireland, and worldwide
among fans of James Joyce's Ulysses June
- Youth Day in South Africa June
- The Comrades in South Africa June
- Juneteenth, (aka
Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) primarily in Texas June 19,
- "Martyrs Day" in Eritrea June 20
- West Virginia Day in the U.S. state of West Virginia June 20.
- The solstice called the Summer solstice
in the northern hemisphere and the Winter solstice in the southern
hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 22
June to 23 June (in UTC). In the pagan wheel of the year the summer solstice is
the time of Litha and the winter solstice is
that of Yule.
of the Birth of St. John the
Day in Quebec) June 24.
- Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, principal patrons of the Roman Catholic Church, June 29
- Mother's Day (in
Luxembourg on the second Sunday in June)
- Father's Day (in
Belgium on the second Sunday in June) (in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Ireland and Canada on the third
Sunday in June)
is celebrated in Finland and Sweden on the third
Friday in June.
- Gay pride celebrations take place in
many countries in honour of the Stonewall riots.
- The majority of the Portland
Rose Festival occurs.
- The first Monday in June is one of the public holidays in
the Republic of Ireland; in the Irish
Calendar the month is called Meitheamh and is
the middle month of the summer season. Secondary schools are off
during the month (and also July and August), while June is the last
month in primary schools.
- The second Sunday in June is Canadian Rivers Day.
- Children's Day celebrated in many
eastern European countries including Poland, Slovakia, Romania as
well as China and other countries throughout the world.
- June's birthstone is the pearl, the
Moonstone , and the
Alexandrite. The meaning is health & longevity.
- Its birth flower is the rose.