The 6th month of the year, June has 31 days. June is the month of summer in the northern part of the world and the month of winter in the southern part of the world. June is named after Juno, the goddess of youth and protection.
In India, June is a significant month for the people and various festivals are celebrated during this month. Below is the list of festivals celebrated this month, let's have a look:
20th June 2023, Tuesday
Jagannath Rath Yatra, the most awaited Hindu festival, will be celebrated on 20 June 2023, Tuesday. The festival is also known as Chariot Festival or Car Festival and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal all over the country.
The festival celebrates the journey of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra from their home, the Jagannath Temple, to their maternal aunt's place, the Gundicha Temple.
The three deities are placed on different chariots where all three chariots are known by their own names, and a large number of devotees pull the chariot.
Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, which is 45 feet high with 16 wheels, Taladhwaja, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra, which is 45.6 feet high with 14 wheels and Devadalan, the chariot of Lord Subhadra, which is 44.6 feet high with 12 wheels.
The chariots are colourfully decorated by artists from Puri and the construction of the chariots for the yatra begins well in advance.
29th June 2023, Thursday
Devshayani Ekadashi is the day when Lord Vishnu, along with his consort Goddess Lakshmi goes into yogic sleep, called Yoga-Nidra. He rests for four months on the coiled body of his serpent, Sheshnag, in Kshirsagar of the cosmic ocean.
Meanwhile, Lord Shiva takes care of the entire universe. Devshayani Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadha (June-July) month.
This year Devshayani Ekadashi will be celebrated on 29th June 2023, Thursday.
The four months of lord Vishnu’s Yoga-Nidra mark the starting month of Chaturmas, which includes Shravan, Bhadrapad, Ashwin and Kartik (August, September, October, November and December). Devshayani Ekadashi is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm and strong belief.
Eid-ul-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the holiest and second most important festival for Islam. It is observed on the tenth day of the last month according to the Islamic calendar, and the festival lasts for four days.
This year, this festival is celebrated on 29th June 2023, Thursday. The festival varies with different names around the world. Eid-ul-Adha marks the sacrifice and dedication of Prophet Abraham to God. Eid-al-Adha, also known as Bakr-Eid is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm all over the world.
03rd June, Monday
Every year, Guru Purnima is celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) of Ashadha (June–July) as per the Hindu calendar. This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 03 June 2023, Monday. Guru is derived from Sanskrit, where "Gu" means darkness and "Ru" means remover of darkness.
This festival is celebrated to honor and worship the gurus (teachers). Guru Purnima is also the birth anniversary of the famous sage Ved Vyas; hence this day is also known as Vyas Purnima. On this day, devotees take a holy bath and follow a satvik diet.
People also visit the temples of spiritual gurus and offer them sweets, fruits and Dakshina. Guru Purnima is an auspicious festival of Hindus, Jains and Buddhism and is widely celebrated in India, Bhutan and Nepal.