BLOG No. 2 – Joyous June – Fun Facts about the month of June

Joyous June.    June is named after Juno, the goddess of marriage,  and is known for the month of weddings,

                         Married in the month of roses – June

                        Life will be one long honeymoon

It is the sixth month of the year, and is one of the four months with a length of 30 days.  We also see the day with the longest number of daylight hours, which fills us with a sense of nonchalance as we enjoy lazing around in the evenings after a hard day at work or simply to satisfy our souls from the pleasure of being outdoors.

One of June’s birthstones is the Moonstone which represents change, new beginnings and the shifting tides of emotion and can help a wearer to alleviate stress, especially due to sudden changes in life.

There is much to be grateful for in the month of June.  It is the start of summer for one.  As our thoughts turn to summer we welcome the long sunlit days, the satisfaction of our bodies craving for the summer heat and we should not forget the good-feel factor of that golden tan.

derby raceFor all sports enthusiasts, June sees a host of events such as Horse-racing  and  the Epsom Derby  (June  5 & 6). It is just the occasion for the ladies who love to dress up and adorn a splendid hat and of course it’s a family fun day out with a carnival atmosphere as the thunderous cheers fill the air as the horses gallop past the finishing post at the Rubbing House.

We experience the exhilarating Canadian and Austrian Grand Prixes for those who love living life in the fast lane.  The USA Open for golfing enthusiasts and sit on the edge of our seats as glorious Wimbledon begins, where the hopes of Britain lay on the shoulders of Andy Murray and where 28,000kg of Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality from Kent are consumed during the tournament with over 7,000 litres of fresh cream washed down with 350,000 cups of tea and coffee; 250,000 bottles of water; 230,000 glasses of Pimm’s and 28,000 bottles of Champagne.

Some famous people born in June include Marilyn Monroe born June 1, 1926; Prince Phillip, born June 10, 1921 and George Bush, 41st President of the United States, born in Milton, Massachusetts, June 12, 1924.

guards londonFinally some of the British Folklore and Customs see us celebrating the Official Queen’s Birthday and Trooping of the Colour (June 13);  the Longest Day associated with magic, witchcraft and fairies  dancing around fires as the sun goes down and the dressing of Wells.

Below are some fun facts about June:

1. The birthstones for June are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
2. The birth flower for June is the rose.
3. The zodiac signs for June are Gemini (May 21 – June 20) and Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
4. On June 1, 1792, the state of Kentucky, also known as the Bluegrass state, became the 15th state of the United States.
5. On June 1, 1796, Tennessee, also known as The Volunteer State became the 16th state of the United States.
6. On June 5, 1947, George C. Marshall, the Secretary of State, described the Marshall Plan.
7. On June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States was adopted by the Continental Congress.
8. June 14, 1900 – Hawaii was organized as a territory
9. On June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta was granted by King John.
10. On June 15, 1775, George Washington was appointed the commander in chief of the Continental Army.
11. On June 15, 1836, Arkansas also known as the Natural State, became the 25th state of the United States.
12. Finland’s Flag Day is celebrated on the Saturday closest to June 24.
13. On June 6th, Sweden celebrates its national holiday, Flag Day.
14. On June 12, The Philippines’ Independence Day is celebrated.
15. On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain.
16. National Candy Month
17. National Dairy Month
18. National Iced Tea Month
19. June 5 – World Environment Day
20. June 21 – Father’s Day