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June 2008 Calendar










What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
—Gertrude Jekyll

June is named for Juno, goddess of the moon and women, of marriage and childbirth.

Juno derives her name from the Latin name iuvenis (as in juvenile) which was used to indicate a young woman ready for a man, and probably refers to the ripening of the crops. [OBD]

Under the protection of Mercury.

In Welsh, Mehefin, Midsummer
In Scots Gaelic, An t'Og mhios, the young month
In Irish Meitheamh, the middle
In Anglo-Saxon, Litha, after the Midsummer festival

Names of the months of the British Isles from:
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

In Greece, harvest-month
In Slavonic languages (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia) bean-blossoming month, cherry month, linden month, rose-blossoming month, hay-cutting month, grasshopper month
In Germany: fallow month, dog month, rose month, pasture month
In Sweden, hay month

Names of European months from:
Nilsson, Martin P, Primitive Time-Reckoning, Oxford University Press 1920

A dry May and a rainy June
Put the farmer's pipe in tune

A dry May and a dripping June
Brings all things in tune.

June damp and warm
Doth the farmer no harm

There are many weather proverbs attached to June saint days, all predicting more rain if it rains on this particular day. Check out June 8, June 15, June 19 and June 29.

In June, July and August,
Touch neither women nor sweete must. [must is the fermenting juice of grapes, or other fruit]

Proverbs from:
[OBD] Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens,
Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Kightly, Charles,
The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

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