Major holiday events during the month of June

The MUZIK FESTIVAL in Istanbul, Turkey  June 1st - 24th

The 44th Music Festival will take place between June 1st and June 24th 2016 in Istanbul , Turkey. This festival will present music lovers with a wonderful program based on a theme that was inspired by Shakespear's verse and writings. Tickets may be purchased through the following web-site.

National Doughnut Day  USA ( 1st Friday in June )

National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".

National Native American Citizenship Day  U.S.A.  June 2nd

On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which marked the end of a long debate and struggle, at a federal level, over full birthright citizenship for American Indians. The act read that “all non citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided that the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.” COPY: More than three years before the passage of the act granting US citizenship to Americans, who had been excluded under the citizenship provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, The Nation had considered the question in an essay, “Should the Pueblo Indians Be American Citizens?” Its author was Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, a prominent journalist of the era, who objected to the granting of US citizenship to Native Americans on the grounds that it would wipe out what little was left of tribal tradition. She called instead for the appointment of a “‘Protector’: not a ‘political appointee,’ but a really big-minded person of vision and competence.” Hmm.

Feast Day of Saint Elmo ...Christian ...June 3rd

The Feast Day of Saint Elmo is June 3rd. Most saints have specially designated feast day and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven. Saint Erasmus of Formia, also known as Saint Elmo, was a Christian saint and martyr, according to Christian tradition, who died c. 303 AD. He is venerated as the patron saint of sailors and abdominal pain. Saint Erasmus may have become the patron of sailors because he is said to have continued preaching even after a thunderbolt struck the ground beside him. This prompted sailors, who were in danger from sudden storms and lightning, to claim his prayers. The electrical discharges at the mastheads of ships were read as a sign of his protection and came to be called "Saint Elmo's Fire"

Give a CAT a hug day  ( International ) June 4th

Cat lovers can really get into this day. If you're a cat lover, you can really appreciate the warm, cozy feeling you get when you curl up on a couch or chair, and hug your cat. The only problem is, your cat will most likely only allow a brief hug before sauntering away. If your cat is a true hugger, count your blessings.

World environment day,  International    June 5th

Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our way of life. Living well within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future.

Memorial Day   ...South Korea   ...June 6th

Memorial Day, or Hyeonchng-il, is a national holiday set aside to commemorate military veterans who died during the Korean War and other military battles. The South Korean people, political leaders and military also use the occasion to remember veterans from other nations who were lost on the field of battle while defending their nation. Memories of the Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953, are prominently displayed. The Korean War was fought against the communists of North Korea. Many nations, including the United States and Great Britain, fought against the communists on behalf of freedom and the people of South Korea. The Korean peninsula continues to be divided, and South Korean military forces are still on alert.

Daniel Boon Day   U.S.A.History  June 7th

On June 7, 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first saw the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky. For more than a century, the Kentucky Historical Society has celebrated June 7 as "Boone Day."Born on November 2, 1734, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone spent much of his youth hunting and trapping on the North Carolina frontier.* By the late 1760s, Boone had ventured into the Cumberland Gap region, which was little known to whites. Although the westward opening in the Appalachian Mountains had been identified by Virginian explorer Thomas Walker in 1750, the French and Indian War discouraged exploration and settlement of the Kentucky territory.  After the war, lacking  the manpower or resources to protect their empire's trans-Appalachian frontier, the British prohibited westward migration. Boone was among the many settlers who ignored the Crown's  ban.

National Best Friends Day   U.S.A.  June 8th

Some folks say you can only have one best friend. This author disagrees. You can have a couple at the same time, or several over time. Friends come and go for a variety of reasons. It's the result of many things, including moving, changing schools or jobs, and more. We hope that you are lucky enough to have a number of best friends over the years.

The national Bach Music Fest  Leipzig, Germany  June 10th -19th

Bach Festival in Leipzig June 10th - 19th, is a popular cultural event which is dedicated to the great musician and cantor Johann Sebastian Bach and it is more than hundred years now that the musical tradition of Bach is being followed in the city of Leipzig. The festival showcases performances by internationally acclaimed musicians, orchestral and choral works as well as symphony concerts. The ten day event starting from 7th June till the 17th June is organized by the Bach Archive and the prices of the tickets vary from date to date.

Worlds Oceans Day   International    June 8th

World Oceans Day, June 8th, was declared by the United Nations at the urging of Canada. Oceans Week, June 1 - 8, was declared by the Board of World Oceans Day Canada in 2010. Our goals are to educate about the importance of protecting our waterways, watersheds and ocean waters and habitat and encourage everyone to take action to preserve, conserve and protect. The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many other partners in its network of 2,000 organizations, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2003. World Oceans Day events include a variety of activities and actions, such as special outdoor explorations, beach cleanups, educational and action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.

National Rhubarb Pie Day  U.S.A.   June 9th

Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Wow, that’s definitely a mouthful—of deliciousness, that is! This sweet and tangy treat was first made popular during the early 1800's, about 30 years after Benjamin Franklin introduced rhubarb, nicknamed "pieplant," to the East Coast. With strawberry season starting, what better way to celebrate this old favorite than to bake one yourself. Yum! Did you know that rhubarb is actually a vegetable? This makes strawberry rhubarb pie one of the rare (tasty) pies that combines fruits and vegetables. Any dessert that gets us to eat our veggies definitely deserves its own day. So whether you bake or buy, go grab yourself a strawberry rhubarb pie!

Festival of Lajkonik of Krakow  POLAND  JUNE

He is the main character of the festival named after him. The festival is organized on the first Thursday after the Christian holiday of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is a movable feast. That is why the Lajkonik festival is each year held on different date. Nobody knows for sure what is the origin of this festival. Still there was a belief in pre-Christian Poland that in the spring the horse brings good luck and rich harvest.

 Strawberry Festivals in the United States during the Month of June

Matti-tuck, Long Island, NY   U.S.A.  Mid June

By the middle of June the North Fork strawberry crop is reaching its peak and bursting with flavor. On Father's Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you're here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you're in for a wonderful time. Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. ( )

The Belleville National Strawberry Festival, Michigan U.S.A   Mid-June

Trinity Episcopal Church is a great place to visit during the festival to wander among a large indoor/outdoor craft fair and enjoy plenty of strawberry treats! Crafters set up their booth both inside the parish hall and outside on the lawn in a beautiful environment of trees, flowers, and green grass. After making purchases, we invite you to stop by the restaurant to grab a bite and rest your feet. Sloppy Joes, nachos, and hot dogs await you along with an assortment of strawberry desserts, such as strawberry shortcake, ice cream sundaes topped with fresh strawberries or hot fudge, a slice of cheesecake, or your own personal size strawberry pie

Owego Strawberry Festival  Owego, N.Y.  U.S.A.   Mid-June

There will be plenty of great food and a fantastic array of arts and crafts.  Over 200 vendors and artisans will line the streets downtown.  People can visit the unique and awesome shops in Owego.  Our selection of fine restaurants and shops are always filled with distinctive merchandise and are sometimes referred to as “the best kept secret in the Southern Tier!” Since the debut of the Owego Strawberry Festival 36 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have been drawn to downtown Owego to experience the charm of this annual festival.  We urge everyone to come early and be ready for a full day of fun, and excitement this year, June 17 and 18, 2016!

International Ice Tea Day   June 10th

Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health!

The Chicago Blues Festival  U.S.A.   June 10 - 12th

The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June, that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( formerly the Mayor's Office of Special Events ), and always occurs in month of June. The event has always taken place at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, adjacent to the Lake Michigan waterfront east of the LOOP in Chicago, Illinois .

King Kamehamha Day  Hawaii,  U.S.A.  June 11th

Kamehameha Day, June 11, was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V (on December 22, 1871) as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I. The first observance of the holiday happened the following year. Late 19th century celebrations of Kamehameha Day featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races. Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959.

The Mackinac Island Lilac Fest  Michigan, U.S.A.  10 days Mid June

The 10-day celebration is the largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. A celebration that blends the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs – many of which were brought here during the Colonial era; distinctive equestrian culture; fine food, drink and accommodations plus a range of other activities, the festival is one of the Island’s biggest attractions. Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court,  Grand Hotel History Lecture, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, sailing tours of the harbor, boat cruises under the Mackinac Bridge, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show and the festival’s signature event, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade.

Allentown Art Fest, Buffalo, N.Y  U.S.A.  2nd weekend in June

One of the largest out door Art Shows in the United States. The Allentown Art Festival takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York. ( June 11th- 13th 2016 ) Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo's weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.  Very close to Downtown Buffalo is another summer attraction called Canal-Side which features a Naval ship park, Sports arena,restaurants and lots of shopping.

World against Child Labor Day    Earth Event    June 12th

The International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations body which regulates the world of work, launched the World Day Against Child Labor in 2002 in order to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labor. This day brings together governments, local authorities, civil society and international, workers and employers organizations to point out the child labour problem and define the guidelines to help child laborers. According to ILO's data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them from receiving adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labor. The World Day Against Child Labor provides an opportunity to gain further support of individual governments and local authorities, as well as that of the ILO social partners, civil society and others, in the campaign to tackle child labor.

The Niagara Wine Trail Festival Week   U.S.A. June 11th - 19th

Welcome to Niagara’s wine country! Award-winning wineries invite you to celebrate, sip and savor the freshness of the New Vintage in June. Experience the best of Niagara’s bounty touring the Wine Route with the Discovery Pass program $40 per pass (plus HST) for 8 winery experiences. Niagara New Vintage Festival also presents the annual TD Tailgate Party Experience the best of Niagara VQA wines and local, fresh culinary and live entertainment at this all-inclusive event in the beauty of the Grape Kings’ vineyard.

FLAG DAY ...U.S.A. ...June 14th

For all those " LOYAL " flag wavers out there in America ...Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

National Strawberry Shortcake Day ...U.S.A. ...June 14th

Sweet summer berries and stone fruits beg to be turned into shortcake. It requires only three ingredients: the fruit of choice, whipped cream and the biscuit or other base. In the good old days in the U.S., strawberry shortcake parties were held as celebrations of the summer fruit harvest. This tradition is still observed in some parts of the country on June 14th, which is Strawberry Shortcake Day. The original shortcake concept, from the U.K., uses a slightly sweetened baking soda or baking powder biscuit or scone. Split in half, the base is piled with fruit and whipped cream, then topped with the other half, often with more fruit and whipped cream on top. And just to confirm: Shortcake isn’t cake. It’s a dry biscuit in the American sense: a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda.

Day of the African Child  Africa   June 16th

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the O.A.U. Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children. In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous of which being Hector Peterson (see image). More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured. On June 16th every year, governments, NGOs, international organizations and other stakeholders gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children Africa. For 2014, the theme chosen returns to the roots of the movement: A child-friendly, quality, free, and compulsory education for all children in Africa

Worlds Ugliest Dog Day International June 17 OR 22nd

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this special day celebrates doggone ugly and the uglier the better! It's Ugliest Dog Day! While some celebrate the annual event on June 22, other calendars celebrate on the third Friday in June. Regardless, this special day recognizes and celebrates mutts of all shapes and sizes. Whether big, small, thin or chunky, long-haired, short-haired or no hair at all, every dog deserves its day regardless of what he or she looks like, right?

National Go Fishing Day   U.S.A.  June 18th

National Go Fishing Day is observed annually on June 18th.  This is a day to take time from your daily routine to go find a stream, a pond, a lake or a river, bait your hook, cast out your pole and catch a fish or two. In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime of many. Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught.  A rod, reel, line and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.

Food & Wine Fest  Aspen Colorado  U.S.A   June 17-19

In it's 34th year, Drinking copious amounts of wine at 8,000 feet in the air requires an adventurous spirit and a few aspirin. This sophisticated, swanky event attracts the U.S.'s best chefs to one of its most beautiful rustic environments. Those who make the trek swear by this epicurean Mecca as it feels like a family reunion of people who have cultured palates.While you're in Colorado, consider two other July festivals nearby. Earlier in the month, there's the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, a great place to do hikes, photography classes, and just experience a Rocky Mountain high. Later in the month, the...

International Pic-Nick-Day  ( IPD )   June 18th

Since it falls during the workweek this year, IPD may also have to stand for International Personal Day Off. But a basket full of goodies, domestic or international, and a nice patch of grass will definitely be worth calling in with a mysterious “summer cold.” And what about a pic-nick plan somewhere in a European landscape, maybe Tuscany, South coast of Britain or maybe along the Danube River .

World Sauntering Day  International  June 19th

World Sauntering Day is an unofficial holiday observed on June 19 each year. It focuses on encouraging people to slow down and enjoy life rather than blindly rush through it. World Sauntering Day is believed to have been created in 1979 by W. T. Rabe. At that time, jogging was rapidly gaining popularity, and Rabe was concerned that people would forget how to relax and appreciate the world around them. So World Sauntering Day Was born. W. T. Rabe conceived his idea while staying at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. This hotel can boast of the world's longest porch (600 feet in length), which is perfect for sauntering. By the way, sauntering is a specific style of walking which must not be confused with sashaying, prancing, strutting, or trotting. It is walking in a slow and relaxed way, typically in no particular direction.

Juneteenth ...U.S.A. ...June 19th

Today, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place along side older organizations - all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.

NATIONAL MARTINI DAY   ...U.S.A.   June 19th

On June 19, shake up some gin and vermouth with some ice and add a lemon twist. It’s National Martini Day! This adult beverage has grown to become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic drinks. A cocktail made with gin and vermouth, the martini is normally garnished with an olive or lemon twist. James Bond, the fictional spy, sometimes asked for his vodka martinis to be “shaken, not stirred.”

National Ice Cream Soda Day    U. S. A.  June 20th

On June 20th enjoy a cool, frothy ice cream soda.  It is National Ice Cream Soda Day! There are many claims to the invention of this delicious treat.  One such claim was made by a Mr. Robert McCay Green.  According to Green, he created the beverage in 1874 in Philadelphia when he ran out of ice for his shaved ice treats.  Substituting ice cream, he had a hit on his hands. Green even put in his will that his gravestone read “Here lies the originator of the ice cream soda.”

International Yoga Day  ( World Wide )   June 21st

International Yoga day was promoted at the United Nations by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On December 11, 2014, The United Nations declared June 21, to be International Yoga Day. This date was selected, as it is the longest day of the year, and hold special significance in many cultures. "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.

FATHERS DAY   U.S.A.   3rd Sunday in June

A Father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us. It is the man who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So, add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, if they are the father figure to you, give him some recognition today and don't hesitate to call him "Dad".

Did you know? The first Father's Day celebration was in Spokane, Wa. on May 18, 1910.

Inti Raymi  Sun Festival, Andes area ( Peru ) June 21 - 24

Since 1944, a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi has been taking place at Sacsayhuamán, two kilometers from its original celebration in central Cusco) on June 24 of each year, attracting thousands of tourists and local visitors. Inti Raymi is still celebrated in indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. Celebrations involve music, colorful costumes (most notable the woven aya huma mask) and the sharing of food. In many parts of the Andes though, this celebration has been connected to the western festivals of Saint John the Baptist, which falls on the day after the northern solstice (June 21).

Willkakuti (Aymara for Return of the Sun), Machaq Mara (Aymara for New Year), Mara T'aqa, Jach'a Laymi or Pacha Kuti (in Spanish named Año Nuevo Andino Amazónico (Andean-Amazonic New Year)) is an Aymara celebration in Bolivia, Chile and in the Southern Peru which commemorates the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. It was declared a national holiday in Bolivia in 2010 by the government of Evo Morales, despite opposition from the Christian right in Bolivia. In 2013, when the year 5521 of the Aymara calendar was marked, Willkakuti was celebrated in more than 200 places, among them Inkallaqta, Inka Raqay, Samaypata and Uyuni. Its major celebration hub is Tiwanaku.


           Glastonbury Music Festival  Great Britain                    3rd weekend in June

Glastonbury is a camping trip for most, and with England’s wet summers, things can get a little muddy. Look at the weather forecast and bring rain gear just in case. If you’re pitching a tent, arrive early so you have options. The best spots are on the uphill side (rain flows downhill, obviously). If you want to be in the middle of things, set up near the Pyramid stage. If you’re looking for a little more tranquility, head south toward the Green Fields. And, don’t forget to mark your camp somehow (lights or a flag work well); when you’ve had a couple drinks, danced all night and it’s dark out, it could mean the difference between sleeping in your tent or on a random patch of grass.

The Summer Solstice  International   June 20-22

Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired countless festivals, midsummer celebrations and religious holidays. One of the world's oldest evidence of the Summer Solstice's importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June Solstice.In the Southern Hemisphere, where the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year, it marks the first day of astronomical winter, but the middle of winter in meteorological terms.Summer solstice. The ancient monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire has its true moment in the sun as people celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year. Stand inside the monument facing northeast, toward a stone outside the circle called the Heel Stone, and you'll see the sun rise like a blazing fire a sight that brings in pagans and sun-lovers of all beliefs! 

The White Nights Festival   Russia   Last 2 weeks of June

The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about 1 million people, most of whom are students from thousands of schools and colleges, both local and international.

Saint John's Day   ...Lithuania & Eastern Europe   June 23rd-24th

Not so much a religious holy-day, The day of St John or midsummer is one of the oldest and most joyful festivals, which is celebrated in many European countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Scandinavian countries and Finland, Russia and other Slavic countries and many others. The holiday, in fact, is not the Midsummer Day, June 24, but the evening and night from 23rd to 24th of June, which in fact corresponds to summer solstice. From pagan times it is known as the festival of Dew, but Christianity named it the festival of John the Baptist

International Fairy Day    June 24th

Fairies have existed in just about every culture over the world, though they may have been called by different names. What they have in common, no matter where you go, is that they are spirits that inhabit the world around us and often operate by strange and often odd laws. That’s about where the similarities end, and where the amazingly diverse concepts that are the Fae begin. We’ve all heard of the winged fairies that flit around flowers and are always drawn like butterfly winged cherubs of slight form, but did you know that Dwarfs and Gnomes are also part of the Fae family? These creatures were common among the Germanic folk, and especially those who worked in mines and mountains. Knockers were a form of fairy that lived in mines and would ‘knock’ to warn miners of pending cave-ins and danger, hence their name.

National Log Cabin Day    U.S.A.   June 25th

Log Cabin Day brings you back to a quieter, simpler, more rugged era. A couple hundred years ago, life was far more rugged. Americans moving West (west at the time may have been Ohio, or Tennessee) found an untouched wilderness, filled with pristine forests. They built their homes out of logs. These log cabins were solid, long lasting, and served them well. Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where they also cooked their meals. Need air conditioning in the summer? Just open the window (there wasn't any glass or screening). There was no electricity (no television, stereos or boom boxes blasting, or computers). And, plumbing? Just look back towards the woods to the outhouse. The path to it is well worn. Log Cabin Day celebrates what was then the "Modern" home in America, and all of the lifestyle that accompanied it. Today is a day to appreciate the history and significance of log cabins. Visit them at historical museums today, or sometime this summer.

HAppy Leon Day, Half-Way to Christmas   U.S.A.  June 26th

How exactly December 25th came to mean Cristemasse (Christ mass) in the middle ages, to Christmas today, is unclear. No specific dates exist in any of the literature, and it is thought the date may correspond to the nine month period after the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived, as well as to the Roman pagan midwinter festival. In any case, documented commemorations of the birth of Jesus existed from the fourth century A.D. Americans celebrated the holiday since the earliest settlers, but for various reasons did not make it a federal holiday until a century after the independence. On this day, June 26, in 1870, after religious hard lines and anti-British sentiment quelled, Congress declared Christmas a federal holiday.

International Chocolate Pudding Day ...EARTH EVENT ...June 26th

The history of puddings starts as far back as the 17th century, when the first recipes for puddings appear. Back then, puddings were much different than the pudding that are made today. Common ingredients were butter and flour, suet, cereals, and other ingredients which when they came together served to create more of a gooey cake like result than the puddings from our local grocery store. It’s also worth mentioning that they baked, steamed, even boiled into their final form in yesteryear's.

National Orange Blossom Day ...U.S.A. ...JUNE 27th

Orange blossoms are used in different treats and desserts worldwide. Any dish will have a slight citrus flavor due to adding some orange blossoms. And drinks are especially delicious with orange blossoms. You can taste orange blossoms through honey. When bees pollen orange trees, the resulting honey has got the citrusy taste. This honey is very expensive, but a spoon of it would be great for a fresh French toast.

International be a MARTIAN Day    ...Earth Event    ...June 28th

This day is in honor of all those dreamers and Sci-FY crazies who believe that human beings are destined to colonize and Terra-form and live on the planet Mars. This is also Elon Musk's birthday. ( ) So go paint yourself green or read a book about the planet Mars, attend a science seminar about space travel or visit your local planetarium. Maybe a great day to invent some sort of futuristic Martian food for dinner.

International ( HUGGY DAY )   Earth friendly   June 29th

Hug Holiday Day ...encourages us to give hugs to those who need them. On this day, people go out and give hugs at senior citizen centers, hospitals, and other places. The focus is upon elderly, sick and invalid, lonely people and anyone who needs the warmth, cheer, and love that a hug provides. This very special day was created by the "Hugs for Health Foundation". According to the Foundation: " Hug Holiday is founded on the premise that hugs, friendship and volunteer support are vital components to the overall senior care plan." ...There is nothing better than GETTING A BIG WARM HUG .... or giving that big warm hug !

national Camera Day    U.S.A. &Earth-wide  June 29th

National Camera Day is observed each year on June 29th.  This day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention.  A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  There are very few who can perfectly capture the image of a person or a place in a drawing. The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

Essence Festival New Orleans, U.S.A.

June 30th - July 3rd

Since the early 1990s Essence Magazine, the distinguished lifestyle magazine for African American women, has chosen New Orleans for its annual three-day event. Each year, the festival brings in the best performers and entertainers in the country, as well as a series of seminars created to empower African American men and women. This year’s weekend event will rock with more DJs, artists, performers and comedy than ever before!

International Meteor Watch Day   June 30th

We sure hope that the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? We sure hope so. Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth's atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes. With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August. Enjoy Meteor Watch day as you scan the night skies in search of meteors. We sure hope you see some tonight!