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Events during 2003-JUNE:

bulletJUN-4: This is the 14th anniversary of the massacre of the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, China. In that country, it is called "The Tian an men incident."
bulletJUN-5: Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the Ascension of our Lord (a.k.a. the Ascention of Christ). This is the anniversary of the time when Jesus is reported to have ascended from earth to Heaven, circa 30 CE. It falls on a Thursday, forty days after Easter Sunday.
bulletJUN-8: The Christian churches in the west celebrate Pentecost, 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), circa 30 CE. They are recorded as having spoken in tongues: i.e. they talked and were understood by each of the persons present in their own native language. This event is regarded by many as the beginning of the Christian church.
bulletJUN-14: This day is observed as Flag Day in the U.S. Americans are encouraged to fly the national flag.
bulletJUN-15: Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Pentecost.
bulletJUN-15: Father's Day is observed on the third Sunday of June. It was promoted by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane WA, and first celebrated on 1910-JUN-19.
bulletJUN-16: This is the 397th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth of ten teachers in the Sikh religion. He was responsible for collecting the teachings of his predecessors into the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. He also built the Golden Temple at Amiritsar.
bulletJUN-21: Wiccans, other Neopagans, and many followers of aboriginal religions, celebrate the Summer Solstice. It occurs  at 19:10 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." 1 It is a time for divination and healing rituals. Divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time.
bulletJUN-21: Native Canadians, Indians, Metis and Inuit and many other Canadians, celebrate First Nations Day. Native communities hold feasts and celebrate their heritage.
bulletJUN-21: Taoists celebrate Shang-Ti/Heavenly Emperors. He is the Father of Justice and Law. This date also observes the peak of the masculine Yang half of the year. Offerings are made to their ancestors.
bulletJUN-22: Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate All Saints Day. It is the day to celebrate the lives of all saints of the Church. Saints are Christians who have lived lives of great holiness and devoutness. Christian denominations in the West observe this on NOV-1.
bulletJUN-25: The Texas Justice Foundation has declared this date as a day of mourning for the prohibition of government-sponsored prayers from U.S. public schools. It is the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Engel v. Vitale which found that
bulletJUN-29: This is the first day of the Zoroastrian celebration of the Divine Spirit Haurvatat, the creator and protector of water.
bulletJUN-30: The followers of the Japanese religion, Shinto, observe Oh-harai-taisai (a.k.a. Oharai). It is the Grand Purification Ceremony which is observed twice a year. Believers attain purification from offenses committed during the preceding six months.

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  1. "Litha," at: http://home.att.net/~haleth/litha.html 

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Copyright © 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2003-JUN-1
Latest update: 2003-JUN-1
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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