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GLOBAL DAYS IN JUNE 2016

1ST JUNE - INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, declared this date to be International Children's Day in 1925. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, and other events involving or dedicated to children.

5TH JUNE - WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

This year’s theme, Connecting People to Nature, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. This year’s host country Canada chose the theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

Click here to find out more.

8TH JUNE - WORLD OCEANS DAY

World Oceans Day is the UN-recognised day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organise celebrations to support action to protect the ocean. The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is Our Oceans, Our Future with a conservation action focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. Click here to visit the website and find out more.

10TH TO 18TH JUNE – BIKE WEEK

Bike Week is an opportunity to promote cycling, and show that cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging everyday cycling for everyone. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops, or just to visit friends. 

As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. There are hundreds of events planned for 2017. Click here to find out more.

13TH JUNE – INTERNATIONAL ALBINISM AWARENESS DAY

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth. It results in a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light. As a result, almost all people with albinism are severely visually impaired and are prone to developing skin cancer. There is no cure for the condition.

People with albinism face many forms of discrimination worldwide. There are mistaken beliefs and superstitions surrounding the condition, which often leads to social exclusion, and in some communities, puts the safety of people with albinism at constant risk.

14TH JUNE - WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

The theme of this year’s campaign will focus on blood donation in emergencies. In crisis or emergency situation, the natural human response is, “What can I do?” How can I help?” Therefore the slogan for the 2017 campaign is: What can you do? with the secondary message: Give blood. Give now. Give often. You can find out more about giving blood by clicking here.

16TH JUNE - FEAST DAY OF ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER

St. Richard’s feast day is actually on 3rd April (the day he died), but because this usually falls within Lent or Eastertide, his day is celebrated on 16th June in the Anglican Church. St. Richard is the patron saint of Sussex. Since 2007, 16th June has also been celebrated as Sussex Day. Click here to find out more about St. Richard.

17TH JUNE – QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE

The Sovereign's birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour on a Saturday in June. This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (trooped) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

It is not the Queen's real birthday: Edward VII, our king from 1901-10, who was born in November, moved the ceremony to the summer in the hope of good weather. The Birthday Honours list is also announced, when the Queen recognises people who have served their country in some way.

18TH JUNE - FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day is a special day honouring fathers and father figures and celebrating fatherhood. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in 52 countries around the world, and traditionally marked by the giving of small gifts and cards. It complements Mother's Day, although it does not have its roots in the Church, as Mothering Sunday does. What will you do for your dad this year?

19TH TO 25TH – REFUGEE WEEK

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Click here to find out more.

20TH JUNE - SUMMER SOLSTICE

During our summer, the northern part of the Earth is tilted towards the sun so that we get more daylight and warmth. Today the tilt of the Earth's axis will be most inclined towards the sun and the sun will reach its highest point in the sky. 

The sun rises at 04:43 and sets at 21:21 giving us more than 16½ hours of daylight - the longest day of the year. Many people go to ancient religious sites such as Stonehenge to watch the sun rise. Click here to see our Midsummer page and find out more.

24TH JUNE - RAMADAN ENDS

The end of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practise self-control. The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Click here to visit our Ramadan page and find out more.

24TH JUNE - MIDSUMMER'S DAY

The festival is primarily a Celtic fire festival, Litha, representing the middle of summer and the shortening of the days on their gradual march to winter. The reason that Midsummer is traditionally celebrated on 24th June, even though the longest day falls on the 20th or 21st is thought to be variation between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

Midsummer’s Day is one of the four Quarter Days in the Legal Calendar. The other Quarter Days are Lady Day (March 25th), Michaelmas (29th September) and Christmas Day. Click here to find out more.

24TH JUNE - ARMED FORCES DAY

The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.  Click here to find out more.

29TH JUNE - FEAST OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL

This day in the church calendar is in honour of the apostles St Peter and St Paul, important leaders of the early Christian church, who died for their beliefs. Peter was crucified upside down, at his own request, as he did not think himself worthy of being crucified the same way as Jesus. The bible does not record how Paul died, but it is likely that he was beheaded in keeping with the Roman tradition at the time.