12 Sunny Facts about June
Are the longer days and ripening fruits making you curious about the first month of summer? Here are some fun facts about June.
1. It was named by the Romans.
There are a few theories about how the sixth month of the year came to be known as June. One possibility is that June is a translation of the Latin word Juvenis, which means young people. Another theory is that June was named for the founder of the Roman Republic, Lucius Junius Brutus. The most popular theory is that June was named for the Roman goddess of marriage and the well-being of women, Juno.
2. It’s halfway to harvest!
Gardeners know that June 24th typically signals the halfway point of the growing season between planting and harvesting. In many cultures, this is a celebration in its own right.
Midsummer is also significant to many theatre buffs, with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ often performed by theater companies around this time.
3. All part of Caesar’s calendar.
The influence of Julius Caesar is still felt today in many ways. For example, until he consulted the Alexandrian astrologer Sosogenes the calendar year only lasted ten months. In 46 BC Julius added two more months, creating the Julian calendar we know and use today. In playing calendar shuffle, he moved June from being the fourth month of the year to the sixth!
4. All in the stars!
Being born in June means you are either a Gemini or a Cancer according to the Greek zodiac. Geminis are born between May 21st and June 20th. Geminis are said to be playful and curious, the social butterflies of any group.
Those who are born between June 21st and July 22nd fall under the star sign Cancer. These friendly folk are said to be loyal and caring.
5. Snug as a Bug.
If you are familiar with the insects of the USA, you may be familiar with the June beetle, affectionately known as June bug. These colorful critters span most of the states from Georgia to California, and only appear between the months of May and June.
6. Celebrate good times!
June is a month of celebration for many people around the world. LGBTQIA+ Pride month is observed in many countries throughout June. Gay Pride Marches and various festivals are held in many cities. Through the month of June, we also celebrate the Great Outdoors, and National Oceans month. If you take a trip across the pond to the UK, you can also celebrate National Smile month!
7. A month by any other name…
We know the origin of the modern word June is Roman, but we also know what the various tribes of Great Britain used to call this summer-y month. The Anglo-Saxons referred to June as ‘Sera Monath’, which roughly translates to the month of dry weather. The Gaelic and the Welsh refer to June as the middle month or middle of summer and use the words ‘Meitheamh’, and ‘Mehefin’ respectively.
8. Let’s talk about the planet.
On June 5th, we observe World Environment Day. First held in 1974, this day of awareness created by the United Nations is celebrated in over 140 countries. This global effort is used as a platform to highlight environmental issues such as overpopulation, marine pollution, and climate change.
9. Game, set and match!
Wimbledon, the famous English tennis tournament, is played in the month of June.
10. If you don’t eat your greens…
The 16th of June is Fresh veggies day. Time to pay for all the chocolate ice cream you’ve been eating! Vegetables are essential, and it should be incorporated into your diet every day of the year!
11. You won’t get any pudding!
Back to being unhealthy, the 20th of June is Ice Cream Soda Day. Ice cream soda is popular all over the world and is known as “coke float” in the UK.
On the topic of food, the 15th of June is Chocolate Éclair day. Yummy!
12. What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19th. On this historic day in 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read, freeing enslaved African Americans. This day was finally made a recognized federal holiday in America on June 17th, 2021.