Today is the sixth day of the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar. And as it is our tradition on Passnownow.com, we shall be doing an analysis of this month of much sunshine.
What’s In a Name?
The Latin name for June is Junius. In the Fasti, a poem written by Ovid about the Roman calendar, he wrote that the month was named for the Roman goddess, Juno, whose Greek equivalent is Hera. Juno was revered as the goddess of marriage and childbirth by the Romans, and for being the wife to Jupiter (Zeus), was described as queen of the gods.
The second explanation he gave was that the name was derived from the Latin word iuniores, meaning younger ones; similar in context to maiores, meaning elders for which the preceding month, May may be named.
The Month of “Equal Daytime”
According to the early Roman calendar, June was actually the fourth month and had only 29 day. But in 46B.C, Julius Caesar gave June 30 days instead of 29 when he reformed the Roman calendar.
Between June 20 and June 22 is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere – a day of equal hours of daylight across the Northern Hemisphere; and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere – a day of equal hours of darkness across the Southern Hemisphere, with the exception of the polar regions in both cases.
- As mentioned in a previous article, Alexandrite, pearl and moonstones are birthstones for the month of June
- The rose flower, honeysuckle, and morning glory are the flowers for the month of June