From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30

June (Listeni/n/ joon) is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of the four months with a length of 30 days. June 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. June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the astronomical summer is 21 June (meteorological summer begins on 1 June). In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the astronomical winter is 21 June (meteorological winter begins on 1 June).[citation needed]

At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; 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.[citation needed]


Etymology and History

The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem about the Roman calendar. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.[1]

In ancient Rome, the period from mid-May through mid-June was considered inauspicious for marriage. Ovid says that he consulted the Flaminica Dialis, the high priestess of Jupiter, about setting a date for his daughter's wedding, and was advised to wait till after June 15.[2] Plutarch, however, implies that the entire month of June was more favorable for weddings than May.[3]

Events in June

June, from the Très riches heures du duc de Berry
Trooping the Colour is celebrated in June in London

Month-long observances

Movable observances

Bicycling month

One Week Before June 12

Third Week

First Monday (2015: June 1)

First Friday (2015 date: June 5)

First Saturday (2015 date: June 6)

First Sunday (2015 date: June 7)

Second Thursday (2015 date: June 11)

A Saturday (2015 date: June 13)

Second Saturday: 2015 date: June 13

Second Sunday (2015 date: June 14)

Monday before Father's Day in the United States (2015: June 15)

Monday after the second Saturday (2015 date: June 15)

Second Monday (2015 date: June 15)

Singapore International Water Week (starts June 16)

Friday between June 19–25 (2015 date: June 19)

Saturday between June 20–25 (2015 date June 20)

National Famine Commemoration Day (2015 date: June 20

Saturday nearest Summer Solstice (2015 date, June 21)

Solstice (June 21)

Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere
Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere

Third Sunday (2015 date: June 21)

Monday Nearest to June 24 (2015 date: June 22)

Friday Following Father's Day (2015 date: June 26

Last Saturday (2015 date: June 27)

A Saturday (2015 date: June 27)

Last Sunday (2015 date: June 28)

Sunday Nearest to June 29 (2015 date: June 28)

Easter Date based

2015 dates
Western Christianity
Eastern Christianity
2016 dates
Western Christianity
Eastern Christianity

Observances on non-Gregorian calendars, 2016

Fixed observances

June symbols


  1. Ovid, Fasti VI.1–88; H.H. Scullard, Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic (Cornell University Press, 1981), p. 126.
  2. Scullard, Festivals and Ceremonies, p. 126.
  3. Karen K. Hersch, The Roman Wedding: Ritual and Meaning in Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 47.