List of Indian Festivals and Public Holidays in Month of June 2021: The sixth month of the year according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars is June. It has a length of 30 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, June has the summer solstice, having the most daylight hours while the Southern Hemisphere has the winter solstice with fewest daylight hours. “Junius” is the Latin name for the month June. A Roman poet named Ovid, who lived during the reign of Augustus, said that there were multiple origins of the months name June. One being that, the month is named after the Roman Goddess Juno. Juno is considered as the goddess of marriage and the wife of supreme deity Jupiter. There is another claim from a different source stating that the months name is named after the founder of the Roman Republic and ancestor of the Roman gens Junia called Lucius Junius Brutus.
The month June is known for many other inventions and is considered as a great month to get married. Wimbledon, the famous English tennis tournament is played during the month of June. Other inventions and memories are- the gasoline-powered automobile was patented in June in the year 1895, the Coca-Cola bottle got a trademarked label in June in the year 1887, birthday of Pope Gregory XIII is celebrated on June 7 who invented the Gregorian calendar in 1582, the calendar which is in use today.
There are several festivals and holidays which occur in this particular month. Some of them are are listed below.
June 5th, 2021, Saturday
Holiday/Festival Type- Global
June 5th, every year is celebrated as the World Environment Day and is the principal vehicle of the United Nations’ for raising awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The first flagship campaign was held in 1974, for lifting understanding and recognition on the issues of the environment that emerge from marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming and also wildlife crime. Over 143 countries participate annually on the World Environment Day as it has become a global platform for public outreach.
United Nations established the World Environment Day in the year 1972. This was the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment where discussions about human interactions and the environment were made. Two years later, the first world Environment Day was held in the year 1974, the theme being “Only One Earth”. The celebration of this day is being held annually since 1974, but the idea of rotating the centre of the celebration through selecting different host countries began in 1987. The last few years theme of the celebration and the host city are as follows-
|2015||Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care||Rome, Italy|
|2016||Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife trade||Luanda, Angola|
|2017||Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator||Ottawa, Canada|
|2018||Beat Plastic Pollution||New Delhi, India|
|2019||Beat Air Pollution||China|
|2020||Time for Nature||Colombia|
June 13th, 2021, Sunday
Holiday/Festival Type- Hindu
Maharana Pratap Jayanti is a public holiday in the regions of north Indian states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. The holiday is observed as the birth anniversary of the 16th century eminent ruler who stood up to the might of the Mughal Empire. It occurs on the third day of the Hindu month of Jyeshta.
A true patriot commencing the first war of Independence was Pratap. He devoted his whole life in reclaiming Chittor and fought in opposition with one of the popular Mughal Emperors Akbar in the battle of Kalighat. The battle was fought for four years long and many opponents were killed by Pratap that earned him respect and honour among the people. Special puja and rituals are performed in his remembrance mainly in the north Indian states. Debates and cultural events also take place. Maharana Pratap’s statue in Udaipur is also visited by many people for celebrating his birthday.
June 20th, 2021, Sunday
Holiday/Festival Type- Global
A day for celebrating the influence of fathers in the society as well as honouring the fatherhood and paternal bonds is known as the Father’s Day. Sonora Smart Dodd founded Father’s Day in America and it was celebrated on the third Sunday of the month June for the first time in the year 1910. Sonora was once listening to a Mother’s Day sermon sitting in the church in the year 1909. Her mother had died in childbirth and her father who was a Civil War veteran took the responsibility of the new born and five other children singlehandedly. In the year 1910, on her father’s birthday on June 5th, she petitioned for the holiday recognition in the city. The mayor pushed the date back by two weeks as more time was needed to arrange for the festivity and then it was celebrated on June 19th, 1910.
Different regions in the world celebrate the day on various dates maintaining their own traditions of honouring fatherhood. Since the Middle Ages, Europe’s Catholic countries celebrate Father’s Day on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day.
In India, this year, it will be celebrated on June 20th, 2021. It is not a public holiday but is recognized by various institutions, NGO’s, etc. In Taiwan, 8th August is celebrated as Father’s Day as in Chinese eight is “ba” and colloquial word for father is ‘ba-ba’. Hence, the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar.
Longest Day of Year(Summer Solstice) 2021
June 21st, 2021, Monday
Holiday/Festival Type- Global
The longest day of the year takes place between June 20 and June 22 each year. This year, in 2021, it falls on 21st of June. It will be experienced by Northern Hemisphere including India. What makes the longest daytime is the position of the sun which is highest in the sky and no shadows would be visible in the noon especially in the regions of Ujjain, Gandhi Nagar or any place which is along the tropic of cancer on this day. June 21st is special because beginning from this day the Sun’s southern motion begins which is also referred to as “Dakshinayan”.
The Earth is positioned in its orbit on this day and the North Pole will be at its maximum tilt towards the Sun. The beginning of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere will be observed on this day. It is obvious that the number of hours (24) remain the same on the longest day of the year. It is just that it will have more hours of sunlight. There will be around 14 hours of sunlight on this day in Delhi, that is, the Sun will rise at 5.24 am and set at 7.23 pm approximately.
This day is even more special this year for the astronomy enthusiasts, because there is a rare annular solar eclipse coinciding on this day and it is the second time two astronomical events are occurring together since 1982. Therefore, the summer solstice, this year will be marked by a ‘ring of fire’.
International Yoga Day 2021
June 21st, 2021, Monday
Holiday/Festival Type- Global
21st of June is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga each year since 2015. The word Yoga has been derived from the Sanskrit language meaning to join or unite. This means union of a person’s body and his or her consciousness. It was founded in the United Nations General Assembly in the year 2014. This physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga was originated in India and the date 21st June was suggested by honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address on 27th September, 2014 as 21st June is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and it has a special significance in many parts of the world.
After this initial proposal there were consultations convened by the delegation of India, that is, the Reserve Bank of India, in 2015 issued a 10 rupees coin in order to mark the International Day of Yoga and in April 2017, the UN Postal Administration issued 10 stamps on a single sheet on asanas to observe International Day of Yoga.
On the first observation of the International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015, the Ministry of AYUSH made all the necessary arrangements in India. About 36000 people including the Prime Minister and other dignitaries from 84 nations performed 21 yoga postures for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi. This became the largest yoga class ever held with highest number of nations participating into it.
Yoga is practiced in India since the fifth century and it has been beneficial for the body and the mind keeping it sound and healthy. It is a holistic approach that objects all the different systems in the body of a human being. If health improves, the mind is also renewed with confidence making the body strong and flexible too. The purification of the internal systems and the organs is done by the practice of Pranayama and it acts as a superior and able supplement to all the yoga postures. This brings calmness and peace of mind and should be practiced daily with a strict routine for being healthy.
Kabirdas Jayanti 2021
June 24th, 2021, Thursday
Holiday/Festival Type: Indian Spriritual Festival
Kabir Das was a famous poet and a spiritual and religious saint in India. Kabirdas Jayanti is celebrated to demonstrate the existence and signs of Saint Kabir Das Ji. This day is celebrated on the full moon day once in a year in the Hindu month of Jyestha which is May or June according to the Gregorian calendar. Kabirdas Jayanti is also known as Kabir prakat diwas and will be held on 24th of June this year. It is believed that the saint stepped on Earth in 1398 A.D. on this full moon day.
There are two different beliefs of his birth. One being that he took birth from Muslim parents while some believe that he appeared on a Lotus flower in a lake named “Lahartara”. Today, on the “Lahartara” lake there is a Kabirpanth which reinforces this very belief. Kabirpanth is a religious community which was founded by Sant Kabirdas and the members are known as Kabirpanthis who are the followers of Saint Kabirdas.
Kabir Das’s teachings and his poems are recited on this day by his followers. Kabirpanthis also organize Bhandaras throughout India. As Kabir Das was asocial reformer, there is a lot of social work done on this day by his followers.
The famous writings of Kabirdas are Bijak, Sakhi Granth, Kabir Granthawali and Anurag Sagar.
What are the festivals in June 2021?
|Kottiyoor Utsavam||[Dates yet to be announced]|
|Shimla summer Festival||First week of June|
|Yuru Kabgyat||7th-8th June, 2021|
|Ochira Kali||15th-16th June, 2021|
|Sital Sasthi||16th June, 2021|
|Ambubachi Mela||22nd-26th June, 2021|
|Ganga Dussehra||20th June, 2021|
|Hemis Festival||20th-21st June, 2021|
|Silk Route Festival||23rd-24th June, 2021|
|Champakulam Moolam Boat Race||24th June, 2021|
|Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist||24th June, 2021|
|Feast of Saints Peter and Paul||29th June, 2021|
|Uttar Pradesh Mango Festival||[Dates yet to be announced]|
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