Events of the Month
Events during 2001-JUN:
||JUN-3: Christians celebrate Pentecost, (also known as Whit Sunday).
It is the 7th Sunday after Easter,
the day when the Holy Spirit is reported as having descended upon the
Apostles and other followers of Jeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ). They
are recorded as having spoken in tongues: i.e. they made statements
that were understood by each of the persons present in their own native language.
It is regarded by many Christians as the beginning of the Christian
||JUN-4: Muslims observe Mawlid al-Nabi,
a celebration of the birthday of the
Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam in 570 CE. "The Mawlid
al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was
preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad's
birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of
religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread
throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today.
However, some conservative sects (e.g., the Wahhabiyah) consider the
celebration to be idolatrous." 1
||JUN-5: Sikhs celebrate the
anniversary of the Birth of Gobindh Singh. He was the tenth
Guru; he compiled the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. It
consists of hymns and writings of the first 10 Gurus, along with religious texts from
different Muslim and Hindu sources.
||JUN-10: Eastern Orthodox Christians
celebrate All Saints Day. It is the day to celebrate the lives
of all saints of the Church: both known and unknown. Saints are
Christians who have lived lives of great holiness and devoutness.
||JUN-14: Roman Catholic Christians
observe Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ). It honors the Sacrament
of the Eucharist - in which Roman Catholics believe a wafer and
wine offered by the priest become the actual body and blood of Christ.
||JUN-21: Wiccans, other Neopagans,
and many followers of aboriginal religions, celebrate the Summer
Solstice. It occurs at 07:37 hr, Universal Time. On this day, the daytime hours are at a
maximum in the
Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the
first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is
roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe. "Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its
power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful
harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God
is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the
supreme sun." 2 It is a time for divination and healing rituals. Divining
rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time.
||JUN-21: Native Canadians, Indians,
Metis and Inuit, celebrate First Nations Day. Native
communities hold feasts and celebrate.
||JUN-30: The followers of the Japanese religion, Shinto,
observe Oh-harai-taisai (aka Oharai). It is the Grand
Purification Ceremony which is observed twice a year. Believers attain
purification from offenses committed during the preceding six months.