Some Interfaith June Inspirations:
Islam Ramadan ~ May 27 ~ June 24
9th month on Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception
of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities in Saudi Arabia
sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year lasting 29-30 days. There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset as well as observed prayer times. Ramadan comes from the word ramadaa, which means 'sunbaked' in Arabic. This is perhaps a reference to the pangs of hunger Muslims feel when fasting.According to Islamic tradition, menstruating women, women who are experiencing bleeding after giving birth, people who are sick (either with short term or long term illnesses), and travelers are exempt from fasting. Pregnant women also have the option of skipping fasts. In Islamic countries, when Ramadan ends and the crescent moon is first seen, people bang drums and give mighty shouts.
For Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, June marks Miso’o, the season of Sockeye salmon, which is the most important food source for the coming year. In Arizona, this is also the season of the Hopi Kachina Dances, in which long lines of dancers (representing various spirit-powers) perform in the open plazas of Hopi pueblos.
Sikh Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom ~ June 16
Sikh time of remembering those who have suffered for the faith.
Observed by reading the Guru Granth Sahib.
ChristianityNew Church Day ~ June 19 ~
Swedenborgian Christian (Church of the New Jerusalem) annual commemoration of the vision document, "The True Christian Religion", by Emanuel Swedenborg in 1770.
Interfaith World Refugee Day ~ June 20 ~
World Refugee Day serves to commemorate the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees that have been forced to flee their homes out of fear of persecution or to escape disasters. The day also aims to recognize refugees for their contribution to the world. According to the United Nations, there are more than 50 million people displaced by war and violence, of which 33 million
are internally displaced while the other 17 million are refugees, mostly in neighboring nations.
The United Nations General Assembly designated World Refugee Day in December 2000.
It is celebrated every June 20th, a day chosen in order to coincide with Africa's previously celebrated Refugee Day.
- It is estimated that 50% of refugees are under the age of 18.
- Currently, the Syrian refugee crisis is the worst that the world has seen since World War Two.
- The country with the highest number of refugees is Pakistan with 1.6 million refugees.
- Under international law, refugees are not allowed to be forced back
to the countries they have fled.
I know what it's like when you are a refugee, living on the mercy of others and having to adjust. – Martti Ahtisaari, the tenth president of Finland
Wicca/Pagan Summer & Winter Solstice ~ Litha & Yule
~ Northern and Southern Hemispheres ~ June 21
Celebrate with us here!
Solstice is the time when the earth is most inclined away from the sun.
It is the most southern or northern point depending on the hemisphere.
In the Southern hemisphere, the observance is Litha, Wicca celebration of the sacred marriage
in which energy of the gods is poured into the service of life.
In the northern hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year.
It marks the first day of the season of winter. Winter Yule is the time when the sun child
is reborn, an image of the return of all new life born through the love of the Gods.
Within the Northern Tradition Yule is regarded as the New Year.
Also a Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun.
A present day Wicca event. Christians celebrate Yule as the light dawning (birth) of Jesus.
More Summer Solstice Facts
- On the Summer Solstice, the North Pole receives 24 hours of daylight,
and the South Pole receives 24 hours of darkness.
- Solstice comes from the Latin words for "Sun" and "to stop."
- Many Native American tribes celebrated the Summer Solstice by holding "sun dances".
- On the summer solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted the most, up to 26° .
Islam Laylatul-Qadr~ June 22
Laylatul-Qadr (Arabic: لیلة القدر), The Night of Power, is the holiest night in the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that on this night, the Quran was sent down from the heaven to the Earth. The exact date of this night is unknown, but occurs on one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th). According to Islamic tradition, Muslims who stay up on this holy night worshipping God will have all their sins forgiven. Furthermore, they will be granted as many good deeds as though they had worshipped continuously for one thousand months (83.3 years).
Christianity Sacred Heart Of Jesus ~ June 23 ~
Roman Catholic occasion to pay homage to Christ's all encompassing love
for humanity. Solemn worship is observed.
Baha'i Rahmat ~ June 23
The beginning of the sixth month of the Bahá’í year, Rahmat means “mercy.”
Islam Eid al Fitr ~ June 24-26
Islamic event marking the close of Ramadan. This is the Breaking of the Fast that celebrates the end of the month of Ramadān. Usually lasting three days, this festival begins with communal prayer and may also include charitable acts, visiting family and friends, preparing special foods, dressing in new clothes, and giving gifts. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.
Ramadan is the 9th month on Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities
in Saudi Arabia sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year.
There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset.
Christianity Church of Latter-Day Saints ~ June 27 ~
Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Recalling the assassination of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum while they were incarcerated in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844 C.E.g
Zoroastrianism Ghambar Maidyoshem begins ~ June 29
A celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crops, and the harvesting of grain. This festival continues through Monday, July 3rd.
Christianity Saint Days ~ Peter & Paul ~ June 29 ~
Christian honoring of the disciples chosen by Jesus to give leadership to the church.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
& ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!