I apologize for this being a week late. As my high school freshman English teacher used to say, “Mea culpa, mea culpa”.
Juno in Latin, who is also the goddess of marriage and well-being of women (Greek goddess Hera). Possibly the initial reason June was the popular month for weddings.
June 1st – Beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Not technically a holiday but for those of us living in the south and along the east coast of the United States, a time to start watching every tropical storm that crops up in the Atlantic Ocean.
June 14th – Flag Day. The day in 1777 when the Stars and Stripes was officially adopted to represent the United States of America. A pet of mine is proper flag etiquette. I actually asked an employee at Sams Club to correct it when I saw it hanging incorrectly by their service desk. After reading the Flag Code, I can’t bring myself to wear any of the “patriotic” shirts retailers sell every summer.
Third Sunday of the Month – Father’s Day. Started in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd who was one of six siblings raised by a widower. She wanted to honor her father. Men fought against the recognition. It wasn’t made an official holiday until 1972.
19th – Juneteenth. 1865. The news of the end of the Civil War and reading of the Emancipation Proclamation was finally announced in Galveston, Texas. Celebrations are still held to this day.
20th – Summer Solstice. Longest day of the year. Shortest night of the year. Included a ritual to bring rain for the crops. Later, adopted by Christianity as the Feast of St. John.
A rather light month. Have a great rest of June!