June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  This is the second of four months to have a length of 30 days. It is the month that has most amount of daylight hours of the year in the Northern hemisphere and shortest amount of daylight hours in the Southern hemisphere.

This month is best known as a great month to get married.  The famous English Tennis Tournament Wimbledon is played during the month of June.  This year (2019) the tournament runs from Monday 1st July to Sunday 14th July 2019 after the qualifying competition at the Bank of England Sports Centre between Monday 24th June and Thursday 27th June.

Important days in June 2019 : There are many days which are important but we are highlighting the days which are recognized as important days throughout the world.  They are given below.

  1. World Milk Day : June 1
  2. World Blood Donor Day : June 1
  3. International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression : June 4
  4. World environment Day : June 5
  5. World Oceans Day : June 8
  6. Anti-child Labour Day : June 12
  7. Father’s Day : June16
  8. World Refugee Day : June 20
  9. International Day of Yoga : June 21
  10. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking : June 26

Now let us know something more about the above days.

World Milk Day (June 1) :

June 1 each year since 2001 Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations established this day.  The intension was to help people recognize the importance of milk as a global food.  Also to realize awareness regarding the importance of the diary sector and activities related to it.

World Blood Donor Day (June 1) :

World Blood donor Day (WBD) is celebrated all over the world on 1st June every year.  This event was established in 2004.  It is observed by all members’ states of the World Health Organization (WHO).  The purpose is to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No-tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World Aids Day.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (June 4) :

June 4 is recognized by United Nations.  It was established on August 19, 1992 and is observed every year on June 4.  Originally focuses victims of the 1982 Lebanon War.  It acknowledges the pain of the children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.

World environment Day June 5 :

This day is celebrated to encourage environmental protection from environmental risks.  People are made aware and encouraged for action to protect the environment.  It was first held in 1974 by the United Nations. People have to fight against emerging environmental risks from the human population, marine population and the increasing global warming to sustainable consumption.

World Oceans Day June 8 :

The United Nations General Assembly in 2008 passed a resolution officially to recognize June 8 as World Oceans Day.  It is celebrated worldwide annually to help in protecting and conserving the world’s oceans.

Anti-child Labour Day June 12 :

This is also known as World Day Against Child Labour.  This is a sanctioned holiday by International Labour Organisation. It was first sanctioned in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour.

The individual governments and ILO (International Labour Organization) social partner, including schools, youth, women group as well as media, come together as one to extend their support to around 1.2 million children who are living away from their homes and families because of the people who force them to work.

Father’s Day (3rd Sunday of June) :

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide in honour of fathers and father like figures to recognize their contributions to the lives of their children. The main idea is to celebrate fatherhood and male parenting.

Although it is celebrated on variety of dates in many parts of the world, many countries observe Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June. This year India has observed Father’s Day on 16th June which is the 3rd Sunday.

World Refugee Day June 20 :

The World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 every year.  It was first recognized by the United Nations.  This event makes the courage, strength and determination of all the men, women and children who are forced to flee from their homeland under threat of conflict and violence.

People honour the courage of millions of refugees across the world on this day.  Organization such as Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) get involved actively in the various activities of the day.

International Day of Yoga June 21:

International Day of Yoga is commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day.  It is celebrated annually on 21 June since inception in 2015.  United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously declared 21st June as International Day for Yoga.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in India.  Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in his United Nations address suggested the date of 21st June.  This day is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking June 26 :

This day is observed every year on June 26, since inception in 1989.  The main idea to observe this day is to strengthen action in cooperation to achieve the goal of an International Society free of drug abuse.


Compiled by…

Ratikanta Singh.