June. Photo: Twitter
June. Photo: Twitter

Here is a list of important days around the world in June:

1 June - International Children’s Day

International Children’s Day holiday has been established in the 1920s – 1930s in Europe at the Geneva conference and has been celebrated annually since then on June 1st. This holiday date has overlapped later with the International Day for Protection of Children started by the Women’s Congress in France.

The consequences of World War II were highly evident at that point: millions of people lost their lives, the economies of thousands of cities collapsed, crowds of hungry children ended up running around on the streets… At this critical moment, in November 1949, an assembly of the Women’s International Democratic Federation was held in Paris, where a proposition was put forth to establish a new holiday. Without further ado, the new holiday has been created, and in June 1950, Children’s Day was already celebrated in 51 countries!

1 June – World Milk Day

World Milk Day is observed globally on 1st June every year to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.

1 June- Global Day of Parents

The Global Day of Parents is celebrated on the 1st of June every year. UN General Assembly proclaimed this day in 2012 by passing a resolution and honours parents for their relentless support, sacrifice and commitments towards their children.

2 June - International Sex Workers Day

This day is celebrated on 2nd June not only in Europe but around the world. International Sex Workers Day is observed on 2nd June because on 2 June, 1975 approximately 100 sex workers occupied at Sant-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express anger about their exploitative living conditions and work culture. The Church was brutally raided by the police forces on 10 June. This action becomes a national movement and so, now celebrated in Europe and worldwide.

2 June - Italy: Republic Day

Always celebrated on June 2nd. This is Italy's National Day.

Republic Day (Italian: Festa della Repubblica) marks the referendum of 1946, which resulted in the creation of the Italian republic.

3 June - World Bicycle Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd June as international World Bicycle Day to recognise the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which are affordable, environmentally friendly fit sustainable means of transportation.

4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Every year on 4th June The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed. The motive of observing the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. Children are the future of our Nation. If they will face violence at a young age then it will be for their whole life. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protecting the rights of children.

5 June: World Environment Day

World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention. The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is, ‘Time for Nature,’ with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

7 June – World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day is celebrated on 7 June to draw global attention to the consequences of contaminated food and water to the health. Also, this day focuses on the way to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Safety of food is a key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

8 June- World Brain Tumour Day

It is observed every year on 8 June to raise international public attention to the people that are suffering from serious disease and the urgent need for more research. Several events are organised around the world to educate about brain tumours.

8 June: World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June every year to empower people of all ages to become leaders of their own and stop polluting ocean, water bodies. This day spread awareness about to reduce single-use plastics and to take action necessary to bring real change.

9 June - Spain: La Rioja

Day of La Rioja (Día de La Rioja) is an annual public holiday in the Spanish autonomous community of La Rioja on June 9th each year.

This holiday marks the anniversary of the autonomous community of La Rioja's statute being approved on June 9th 1982.

10 June - Abolition Day in French Guiana

Abolition Day is a public holiday in French Guiana, observed on June 10th.

This date marks the ending of slavery in this South American French territory in 1848.

11 June - International Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi ("Fronleichnam" in German) is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun.

Corpus Christi means the Body of Christ and refers to the elements of the Eucharist also called the Holy Communion, Last Supper or Lord's Supper.

In the Church of England, this day is called 'Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion'.

12 June: World day against Child Labour

Every year on 12 June World Day Against Child Labour is observed to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002. This day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

14 June - World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day is observed on 14 June every year to raise awareness about the urgency of blood donations all over the world and to acknowledge and appreciate blood donors for their support.

15 June - World Wind Day

Every year World Wind day is observed on 15 June globally to promote clean energy. It is a day to discover wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and increase jobs and growth.

15 June - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This day is celebrated every year on 15 June to raise voice for caring elders. Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the Health and Human Rights of millions of older persons around the world. This day was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly and request with the world to prevent elder abuse.

16 June - South Africa: Youth Day

Youth Day is a national holiday in South Africa celebrated on June 16th. If Youth Day falls on a Sunday, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

Previously known as Soweto Day, Youth Day marks the start of the Soweto riots on this day in 1976.

17 June: World day to combat desertification and drought

Every year on 17th June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought reminds people in the world that land degradation neutrality can be achieved when there will be cooperation at all levels, strong involvement of the community and problem-solving. This day also reminds people the progress made by the countries on sustainable land management and what should be done in the world so that land degradation neutrality will provide a solid basis for poverty reduction.

3rd Sunday of June - World Father’s Day

This day is observed every year on the third Sunday of June to commemorate fatherhood and appreciates all fathers for their support and contribution to the society.

18 June - Autistic Pride Day

Every year it is observed on 18 June to represent diversity and infinite possibilities. This is a day for the patients suffering from autism to come together with their families or caregivers. A day to promote awareness, acceptance and autonomy.

18 June - International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day is celebrated on 18 June every year. This is a day to enjoy in nature, with your near and dear ones.

19 June - World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is held annually since 2008 to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggle that the sufferers or a patient family face. This day was officially adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nation, to recognise SCD as a public health concern.

19 June - World Sauntering Day

This day is observed annually to make people remind to slow down and enjoy life as possible instead of rushing always. This day also reminds us to take easy, take time to smell roses, take time to see nature that it is so beautiful, look at the sky and enjoy life.

20 June: World Refugee day

World Refugee Day: This day honours and pays respect to the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to leave their country under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. It is observed recognize the contributions of refugees. The United Nations and over 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually.

21 June: World Music day

The World Music Day is celebrated every year on June 21 in over 120 countries including its country of origin France where it is known as ‘Fête de la Musique’ meaning “festival of music” to honour both amateur and professional musicians. The first Fête de la Musique was held on the streets of Paris and became a huge success within a few years.

21 June: International Yoga Day

The Internationa Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21. The motto behind celebrating International Yoga Day is to spread awareness among people about the benefits of Yoga. The asanas in Yoga were designed by the Indian ancient experts in such a way that they are highly beneficial for different health issues.

21 June - World Hydrography Day

World Hydrography Day is observed on 21 June every year to increase public awareness about hydrography science. Every year the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and its international members celebrate this day. 2019 theme is 'hydrographic information driving marine knowledge'.

22 June - Sacred Heart in Colombia

In Colombia this national holiday always falls on a Monday is celebrated ten weeks and a day after Easter Sunday.

The full title of the holiday is 'The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus'. In Spanish, it is known as 'El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús'.

In the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church it is a feast day 19 days after Pentecost and the second Friday after Corpus Christi. Like other holidays in Colombia that are based on a Catholic event, the holiday is celebrated on the Monday after the actual date.

23 June - International Olympic Day

The International Olympic Day is celebrated on 23rd June every year to make people aware of the importance of games in life. Olympic Day is much more than a sports event. It is a day for the world to get active.

23 June: United Nations Public Service Day

On 20 December, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated 23 June every year to observe as United Nations Public Service Day by passing the resolution. Several events are organised to highlight the contributions done by public servants. This day is celebrated by various public service organisations and departments around the world by organising several events to recognise the role of public servants in making developments and improvements in the community.

23 June - International Widow's Day

International Widows Day (international) is observed on 23 June annually to raise awareness globally about the violation of human rights that widows suffer and faces in several countries following the death of their spouses.

24 June - Mongolia Election Day

A public holiday to allow citizens to vote in the elections taking place in Mongolia.

Mongolia is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic with a directly elected President.

Mongolia uses a unicameral legislature, The State Great Khural, with 76 seats, which is chaired by the Speaker of the House. Its members are directly elected, every four years, by popular vote.

The president appoints the prime minister and nominates the cabinet on the proposal of the prime minister. Mongolia has a number of political parties; the largest are the Mongolian People's Party and the Democratic Party.

26 June - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

This day was observed on 26 June every year to make people aware of the harmful effects of drugs and to determine a society free of drug abuse. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen global action and cooperation.

26 June - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 12 December, 1997 to eradicate torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

27 June - National Unity Day in Tajikistan

The Day of National Unity is a national holiday in Tajikistan, observed on June 27th each year. If June 27th falls on a weekend, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

National Unity Day commemorates the signing of the national peace accord in 1997 which ended the civil war.

28 June - International Saint Peter and Saint Paul

This feast day is celebrated on June 29th. The day commemorates the martyrdom of two saints, the two great Apostles, Saint Peter and St. Paul, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67.

The day taken in Chile may change depending on if it falls on a weekend.

In Colombia, like other religious holidays, the holiday is observed on the Monday after the date.

29 June - Independence Day in DR Congo

Independence Day is a public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), observed on June 30th each year.

This day is the National Day of DR Congo and marks independence from Belgium in June 1960.

30 June - World Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day is an event observed on 30 June to provide online education about the asteroid. This event is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on 30 June, 1908. It is a most harmful known asteroid related event on Earth in recent history. The United Nations passed a resolution for celebrating 30 June as Asteroid Day.

June Important Festivals around the World

Photo: Humboldt Travel
Photo: Humboldt Travel

Nemi Strawberry Festival, June 2

Nemi, a sprawling lakeside town in the Castelli Romani region south of Rome, is famous for its strawberries and locals celebrate this juicy refreshing emblem of summer the first Sunday of June. Visit the town, and you can try the strawberries many ways: in their purest form, as a granita, in pastries and more.

Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria, June 6-9

This dance music festival takes place in the idyllic Rhodope Mountains, a five-hour drive from Sofia. There are also offers wonderful options on the literature and wellness fronts. Plovdiv is the closest airport so this could be a great time to admire one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture.

Summer Solstice, Northern Hemisphere, June 21

The longest day of the year for Northern Hemisphere dwellers! There are plenty of ways to celebrate from La Fête de la Musique in France to a baseball game for which the first pitch is thrown at 10pm in Fairbanks, Alaska or watching the sun descend behind the pyramids of Giza.

24 June: Inti Raymi Festival, Cusco, Peru

Inti Raymi was and is a traditional Inca religious festival, a way to worship the sun god, Inti. Not only did the date, slap-bang in the middle of June, mark the end of winter, but also the winter solstice: the beginning of the days getting brighter and longer again.

During the reign of the Inca Empire in Cusco, it was undoubtedly their biggest and most significant religious celebration. Hundreds of years later, indigenous communities living in Cusco and throughout the Andes still celebrate Inti Raymi with music and colourful costumes. Cusco also hosts a theatrical performance – or re-enactment – of an Inca Inti Raymi celebration, which welcomes travellers.

San Vino Wine Fight Festival, Haro, Spain, June 29

Rooted in a centuries-old (now settled) land dispute, La Batalla del Vino de Haro entails water-gun-armed locals and a handful of non-locals climbing a mountain to squirt each other with Rioja wine. The party then moves down to the town’s cobbled streets, resulting in a weekend of rollicking merrymaking.

28 to 30 June: Haro Wine Festival, Spain

Batalla de Vino, a.k.a. Wine Battle, is as sticky as it sounds. The residents of the La Rioja town of Haro get together around the day of their patron saint, Saint Pedro, to pelt each other with wine.

The dress code is simple: wear a white t-shirt that you fully expect to become grape-purple by the end of battle. Following mass led by the town's mayor, fill up your water pistols and buckets with La Rioja red, and prepare to get sprayin', according to wanderlust.

Above is a list of important days and festivals around the world in June that KnowInsiders wants to share with you. If you have any recommendations, please feel free to add them to the comment section below and don't forget to follow KnowInsiders for more interesting news. Thanks for tuning in!

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