Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - June 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - June 2006

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June 1

 Orthodox Christian
Feast of Ascension
Marks the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven; occurs the fortieth day after Easter.
Link: About the Ascension

June 2-3

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

June 4

Commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit to the disciples; observed on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
Audio: Come, Holy Spirit
Resource: What Is Pentecost?
Essays: Pentecost and Babble/Babel, From Clapping Hands to Still, Small Voice, Do You Speak in Tongues?

June 11

Trinity Sunday
Sunday after Pentecost; a day appointed to celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
Link: About Trinity Sunday

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 15

Corpus Christi
Honors the body and blood of Christ; observed the eighth Thursday after Easter.
Essay: Eucharistic Adoration Makes a Comeback

June 16

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

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

June 18

Father's Day
Third Sunday in June; celebration of fatherhood and a time to honor
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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