One Journey, Many Paths~June

* 5/26 eve to 6/24 eve: Ramadan–Muslim month of purification by self-reflection, fasting from sunrise to sunset, peace-making, and helping those in need. Ramadan Truce (through Eid al-Fitr).

* 5/30 eve to 6/1 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits–Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest. Originally, loaves of bread were offered to Elohim.

* 6/1 to 6/30: June dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Juno – partner of Jove (God of Happiness), protector of marriage and family, and punisher of abusive and adulterous spouses.

* 6/2: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Red Tara, protector against evil and harm.

* 6/3: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing the interdependence of all things at all times.

* 6/4 (OC 6/4): Pentecost/Whitsunday–Christian feast celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the male and female disciples of Lord Jesus; honors Her as the Paraclete, Grace, Wisdom, Justice, and Providence.

* 6/4 eve to 6/5 eve: Remembrance day for Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (d. 619 or 623), Mother of Islam – first convert to Islam, partner of Prophet Muhammad in monogamous marriage, mother of Fatimah, and liberated businesswoman.

* 6/6: First appearance of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Compassionate Mother who answers all pleas (France 1830).

* 6/7 to 6/15: Vestalia–Old Roman festival honoring Goddess Vesta. Women made food offerings at the sacred hearths of home and temple.

* 6/8: World Oceans Day–Day to recognize the world’s dependence on the oceans for food and medicine; day to advocate for the sustainable management of all ocean resources and for an end to the pollution of the oceans with toxins and trash.

* 6/9 (9:10 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Rose/Berry Moon).

* 6/9: Saga Dawa Duchen–Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE).

* 6/11: Trinity Sunday–Christian celebration of the one universal Deity as Holy Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Holy Christ Child.

equality and rejects violence and social injustice.

* 6/13: Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Love and Fertility.

* 6/13: Christian feast of St. Anthony (d. 1231), guardian of the poor and the powerless, and guide of social justice activists.

* 6/15: Suijin Matsuri–Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Water.

* 6/15 (or 6/18): Corpus Christi–Christian day for veneration of Christ Immanuel in the Host – divine immanence in the grain.

* 6/18: Fathers’ Day–Day to give love and thanks to all fathers; day for all fathers to celebrate fatherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children.

* 6/18: Day Pope Francis challenged the world to make the necessary changes in lifestyle, consumption, and production to avoid climate change and its expected harm (2015).

* 6/20 to 6/21: Inti Rayni–Inca festival honoring Sun God Inti.

* 6/20 to 6/21: Feast of the Great Spirit/Great Mystery that encompasses Mother Earth and Father Sky – honoring Deity as Orenda (Iroquois), Wakan Tanka (Lakota) & Awonawilona (Zuni).

* 6/20 to 6/23: Lakota Sun Dance–Festival of prayer, fasting, dancing, and healing in honor of Sun God Wi; offerings are also made to Maka/Mother Earth and Haokah/Father Sky. Lakotas believe all Deities are aspects of Creator Takuskanskan.

* 6/21 (12:24 a.m. EDT): Summer Solstice–Marks the beginning of Summer and the longest day and shortest night of the year; celebration of the light with dancing around a bonfire.

* 6/21: Old Slavic Kupala–Goddess Morana and God Jarilo marry, bringing peace and ensuring a good harvest.

* 6/21: Beginning of Cancer (the Crab/Scarab).

* 6/21: Taoist festival honoring Shang-Ti/Heavenly Emperor, Father of Justice and Law, and manifestation of the Te (Virtuous Inner Power). Also celebrates the peak of the masculine Yang half of the year and the Shen of Fire, South, and Summer; prayers are made for strength and maturity, and offerings are made to the ancestors.

* 6/21: Solar Power Day.

* 6/23 (10:31 p.m. EDT): New Moon.

* 6/23 to 6/26: Iroquois Green Bean Ceremony–in thanksgiving for the bean harvest; celebrated with tobacco offerings, singing, drumming, dancing, and feasting.

* 6/24: First appearance of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace, Mother of All Peoples (Yugoslavia 1981).

* 6/24 to 6/27: Zuni Corn Dance–for fertility and rains to aid the maize, bean, and squash crops. Prayer sticks are planted in the fields.

* 6/24 eve to 6/27 eve: Eid al-Fitr–Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan.

* 6/26 eve to 6/27 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena – as protector and defender.





Excerpted from
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski