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A month by month of forgotten legends and pastimes from Britain's folk history

image: back to main pageFacts about June
Customs, Sayings and Traditions

Gemstone: Pearl
Flower: Rose


June marks the beginning of Summer in the northern hemisphere and the month of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England.

June is the sixth month of the year and takes its name from the Roman goddess Junno, the goddess of marriage. For this reason, June has always been looked upon as the best month in which to marry:

Married in the month of roses - June
Life will be one long homeymoon.

Sera monath (Dry month) was the name the Anglo-Saxons gave to the month.

All year round The Red Rose

The flower for June is the red rose. The red rose is the symbol of:

The rose also has a special importance on Midsummer's Eve (see further down the page).

All year round Weather-lore, beliefs and sayings

'A calm June puts the farmer in tune'

'June damp and warm, does the farmer no harm'.

It is claimed that summer doesn't start until the elder is in flower.

All year round Festivals and Traditions

datesWell Dressing

At different times during June there are ceremonies called 'well dressings'. Springs and wells of fresh water that come from the underground streams have always seem to be magical things, so some wells are honoured with decorations.

well dressing
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The decorations consist of branches of greenery and amazingly beautiful pictures made of flower petals and moss.

datesTrooping the Colours

The official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is marked each year by a military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour (Carrying of the Flag).

trooping the colours

Trooping the Colour will take place on Saturday 13 June 2009 on Horse Guards Parade. Events begin at approximately 10am and the parade starts at 11 a.m. (lasts approximately one hour).

Click here to find out more about the Trooping of the Colours

21stor 22ndThe longest day (Summer Sol

The longest day of the year is 21 June or 22 June. It is the day when the sun is at its most northerly point and this is why it is "the longest day".

In Wiltshire, there is a circle of huge stones at a place called Stonehenge, and hundreds of people go there to watch the sun rise on 21 June.


These stones have stood in Wiltshire for thousands of years and no one knows how they got there. They are not local stone and so whoever placed them there had to somehow transport them over several miles.
Find out more about the longest day in England

24thAll year round Midsummers Day

The middle of summer comes after the longest day and it is a time associated with witches, magic, fairies and dancing

midsummer bonfires

On the eve of Midsummer's Day, many bonfires used to be burnt all over the country. This was in praise of the sun, for the days were getting shorter and the sun appeared to be getting weaker, so people would light fires to try and strengthen the sun.

Midsummer's Superstitions

Roses are of special importance on Midsummer's Eve. It is said that any rose picked on Midsummer's Eve, or Midsummer's Day will keep fresh until Christmas.

At midnight on Midsummer's Eve, young girls should scatter rose petals before them and say:

Rose leaves, rose leaves,
Rose leaves I strew.
He that will love me
Come after me now.

Then the next day, Midsummer's Day, their true love will visit them.

All year round Anniversaries

2nd June 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
5th June World Environment Day.
6th June D Day in 1944, when the coast of France was invaded by the Allies in the Second World War.
8th June World Oceans Day.
10th June

First Oxford v Cambridge boat race in 1829. Oxford won.

12th June 1929 Ann Frank born.
12th June 1942 Anne Frank was given her diary on her 13th birthday. It was first published in 1947.
12th June The Queen’s Official Birthday.
15th June 1215 King John signed the Magna Carta. Try making your own paper, and own seals.
15th June Children’s Day – Britain.
18th June 1815 Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington beat Napoleon, in Belgium.
19th June 1829 Police force formed by Robert Peel in London. Invite a Police community liaison office to come and talk to your Unit. Suitable subjects might be the laws regarding alcohol, drugs, and weapons or cycle safety. There may also be local issues that the Police would like to discuss.
20th June Feast of St. Alban. The first British martyr.
21st June Longest Day.
24th June Midsummer Day / feast of St. John the Baptist. The feast of St. John the Baptist is unusual in the Christian calendar as it commemorates his birth and not his martyrdom / death.
28th June 1834 Coronation of Queen Victoria

All year round

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