Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - June 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - June 2005





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June 12

 Baha'i
Race Unity Day
Promotes racial harmony and understanding; started in 1957 by the
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bah's of the United States.
Link: About Race Unity Day



June 13-14

 Jewish
Shavuot
Two-day festival commemorating the revelation of the Ten
Commandments to Moses and the giving of the Torah (begins at
sundown the night before).
Essay: Shavuot: One Night, Four Synagogues
Advice: Seven Ways to Celebrate Shavuot



June 16

 Sikh
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
Commemorates the death of the fifth Sikh Guru who was also the first
Sikh martyr.
Link: The Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev

 Hindu
Ganga Dussehra
Honors the sacred river Ganga, believed to wash away the sins of
mankind.
Link: About Ganga Dussehra



June 19

Non-Religious
Father's Day
Third Sunday in June; celebration of fatherhood and a time to honor
fathers.
Feature: Celebrating Fathers
eCards: Send a Father's Day Greeting



June 21

 Pagan/Wiccan    Heathen
Summer Solstice/Midsummer
Pagan observance of the longest day of the year, when the strength of the sun god begins to wane. In Northern Heathenry (Asatru), the longest day of the year and the shortest night before it (Midsummer Eve) are spent in celebration of the sun goddess Sunna.
Explore: A Heathen Celebration of the Goddess Sunna
Resource: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
Essay: Herbs at Summer Solstice
History: A Midsummer's Celebration
eCards: Send a Solstice Greeting



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