Father’s Day is coming up!

Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday of June. This year Father’s Day is observed on June 19th. Check our Father’s Day page for lots of ideas for celebrating with dad.

Bunker Hill Day is June 17th

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown, Mass. The Continental Army lost the battle, but inflicted heavy casualties upon their British foes. Despite its name, the battle actually was fought primarily on neighboring Breed’s Hill, where the Bunker Hill Monument, built in 1843, now stands.

Learn more about this famous Revolutionary War battle and its observance on our page of links.

Flag Day is June 14th

Independence Day!Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th, as this is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution by which the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American Flag. Flag Day was celebrated unofficially for decades before President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially designating June 14th as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Shavu’ot is coming

Shavu’ot, the Festival of Weeks, occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavu’ot, is a festival with both historical and agricultural significance. It commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. In 2016, Shavu’ot begins on June 11th and continues until June 13th.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duan Wu Jie, falls on June 2nd.

Dragon Boat Bow

Dragon Boat Bow by Russ Glasson, via Flickr

It is widely held that the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.), who drowned himself rather than see his homeland invaded by a warring state. However, according to Yuan Chang-rue, a folklorist and professor at the Graduate School of Folk Culture and Arts, “[i]n ancient times, the Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated in early summer, reminded people that the ‘poison season’ of May, June and July, is beginning…” and was associated with health and well-being.

Today, the festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races and the eating of zongi, a sticky rice dish with a variety of fillings.

Ramadan begins June 7th

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the time of year when it is believed that the Holy Quran was received by the Prophet Muhammad. The month is marked by fasting during the daylight hours, and prayer and studying of the Quran. When the fast ends on the first day of the month of Shawwal, it is celebrated for three days in a joyous holiday called Id-al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast Breaking.  This year, Ramadan begins on June 7th and continues until July 6th.

Find out more about this important observance on our page of links.

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