Month of June

By | Jun 1, 2010

June is the sixth month of the calendar. It is one of the months that has 30 days.

The Roman poet Ovid provides two possible sources for June’s name in his poem entitled the Fasti. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. The second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones,”.

In the Northern Hemisphere June is the month with the longest daylight hours. In the Southern it is the month with the shortest daylight hours.

The solstice called the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from June 22nd to 23rd June (UTC). In the pagan wheel of the year the summer solstice is the time of Litha and the winter solstice is that of Yule.

In the United States the third Sunday in June is Father’s Day. This is also true in the counties the United Kingdom, Mexico, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Ireland and Canada. Belgium has theirs on the second Sunday.

A number of counties honor their flags in June. Sweden (June 6), United States (June 14), Denmark (June 15), Argentina (June 20), and Romania (June 26).


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