THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JUNE?

What’s happening in June 2019? 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, gardening tips, and even a fun quiz!

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.

N. P. Willis (1807-67)

JUNE CALENDAR

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.

Holiday Happenings

    • Tuesday, June 5 is World Environment Day to raise environmental awareness across the globe.
    • Wednesday, June 14 is Flag Day (U.S.). Be sure to raise the flag! See flag guidelines.
    • Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16 this year. Read all about the history of Father’s Day here.
    • The summer solstice heralds the start of summer. In 2019, the solstice falls on June 21. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins at this time.
    • June 21 is also National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
    • June 24 brings Midsummer Day, traditionally the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting.

Cut your thistles before St. John [June 24],
You will have two instead of one.

Wacky Times

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

JUNE’S QUIZ

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!)

GARDENING

  • Everything’s coming up roses in June!
  • How are the tomatoes doing?
  • Got slugs, weeds, or other annoying insects?
  • Mow grass when it’s 2 to 3 inches high.
  • For all your cut flowers, make your bouquets last!

JUNE WEATHER

If June be sunny, harvest comes early.

June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.

EVERYDAY ADVICE

Wedding season is upon us!

Since the weather is warm, try saving some money this summer by using a clothesline to dry your clothes instead of the dryer.

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

June is also a big month for fishing.

ASTRONOMY

Look up! Enjoy the night sky from your own backyard.

The Full Strawberry Moon rises on June 17 at 4:31 a.m. EDT

JUNE’S BIRTH FLOWER: HONEYSUCKLE OR ROSE

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 BIRTHSTONES

June’s birthstone is generally considered the Pearl but also Alexandrite and Moonstone.

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

RHYME TIME

Ah, happy day, refuse to go!
Hang in the heavens forever so!

Forever in midafternoon,

Ah, happy day of happy June!

–Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford, American writer (1835–1921)

 

Answer to Quiz: A.
B., 20th year; C., 35th year; D., 13th year.

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