So a few years back, I tried to christen the calendar The Year of Celebration. The idea was to have something to celebrate every single day of the year if I wanted to. I don’t remember if I got bored writing things up, or if I got distracted by some other part of life, or something else, but I don’t think I made it through even half the year. Which doesn’t really explain why I’m starting in June (or with my anniversary in May, which is when I really started but haven’t written about it before now.
Leaving that aside, here are the things I’m celebrating or marking in June 2017
01 June – Say Something Nice Day
Seems easy, right? So why do we need a day for it? It’s a Thursday and I’m probably at work. I’ll find lots of nice things to say, I hope.
02 June – Hug Your Cat Day
Something that should be every day, and probably is for most cat people. Make a special point of it today.
03 June – Drawing Day
Visual arts aren’t my thing. I have problems getting the proportions right on stick people. Still, sometimes it’s fun, right? On June 3rd, I’ll draw something, scan it, and post it.
04 June – Cancer Survivor’s Day
You know someone who beat cancer. Today, remind them that you’re glad they’re still around.
05 June – World Environment Day
Pick something up off the ground and recycle it if you can. Water a plant. Help a turtle across the road. Take a deep breath and think about how clean the air could be.
Veggie Burger Day
It’s also Veggie Burger Day. These come in a lot of varieties from “clearly seaweed and tofu” through to “I can’t believe it’s not meat”. Pick your favourite. Have one.
06 June – D-Day
Seventy-three years ago today, the largest amphibious assault in history marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. Something to think about.
07 June – VCR Day
Ah, the humble VCR, with us for far too short a time but whose influence is felt even now.
And it’s a good day to go for a run. Especially if it’s been a while. But take it easy.
08 June – Mom & Dad’s 49th Anniversary
But for those of you who might be less interested celebrating my parents’ anniversary, it’s also World Oceans Day. We should be a little more worried about how much crap we’re dumping into them.
09 June – International Archives Day
Be glad there are people whose job it is to preserve things. Some day, you might want to know.
10 June – Missing Mutts Awareness Day
Have you ever had a dog go missing? This was a huge deal for us at one time when I was a kid. We were lucky enough that Alexander turned up a week or so after he disappeared. Not everyone has that luck.
11 June – Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day
I think the name speaks for itself. That this is an issue large enough that it warrants a day of recognition shouldn’t surprise me, but somehow, it still does. It also offends me.
Ferris Bueller Day (released on this day in 1986)
If that’s a little too depressing for you, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off released today in 1986. That might be depressing in a different way.
12 June – World Day Against Child Labor
How to celebrate this? Take a minute to be sure you don’t by your clothes or other products from companies you know use child labour.
13 June – World Pet Memorial Day
We took in a pair of rescue cats just before our first anniversary and had them until just before and just after our seventeenth. I still miss them both.
14 June – World Blood Donor Day
If you haven’t given blood in a while, this might be a good day to think about it a little harder. Maybe even do it.
15 June – Nature Photography Day
Take a picture of something interesting outside in the natural world. A plant, an animal, a cloud, whatever. Post it.
16 June – Fudge Day
Do you really need a reason to celebrate fudge? I’m sure there’s some around here somewhere.
17 June – World Juggling Day
What might be really funny is if I posted a video of me trying to juggle. I can juggle two things, but that’s not really juggling, is it?
18 June – Father’s Day
Call Dad. Give Dad a hug. Remember Dad. Whatever you can do, do.
19 June – Viking Day
As in the Mars probes. On this day in 1976, 41 years ago, Viking 1 Entered Mars orbit. I don’t remember it. I was only five. But it’s pretty cool to think about the awesome planetary science being done when I was a little kid.
20 June – World Refugee Day
Depending on how you count things, and I “like” UNHCR’s numbers, there are as many as 65 million people in the world who can be counted as refugees. That’s equivalent to the entire population of the UK or France. Tell me again how the world is at relative peace?
21 June – Solstice
Depending on whose calendar you use, it’s either midsummer or the first day of summer. Either way, it’s warmer than it was three months ago on the equinox.
World Humanist Day
It’s also World Humanist Day, a day to celebrate, as openly as your own situation allows you to, that people are more important than ideas.
22 June – Onion Rings Day
So I could probably give up everything fried without too much in the way of regret or problem, and still nom the next onion ring offered to me.
23 June – Take Your Dog to Work Day
I wish. Aside from the fact that my dog is an incredibly anxious Saint Bernard rescue, I work in a casino. He’s not a service dog and the lights and sound would drive him completely insane in a few minutes.
24 June – International Fairy Day
The Fair Folk have, in some way, been with us in our stories for centuries and across dozens (hundreds?) of cultures. Remind yourself of the huge collection of myths we all have available to us.
25 June – Colour TV Day
How could we live without colour TV? The world would be a very different place.
Global Beatles Day
Or, if you want to think a bit about music, remember that fifty years ago today, the Beatles participated in the first ever global transmission broadcast by singing All You Need is Love.
26 June – Chocolate Pudding Day
Mmmm. Chocolate pudding.
27 June – Sunglasses Day
I’m trying to remember the last time I actually wore sunglasses. I used to have a prescription pair, but it’s been a while. I’d love a set again.
28 June – CAPS LOCK DAY
Ah, how to celebrate. Should I post gentle reminders to avoid this key? Or should I take the ironic route and use it all day myself?
29 June – Camera Day
Don’t limit yourself to nature today. Take some cool pictures of whatever you want and throw them up on your social media.
30 June – Meteor Day
Hope for clear skies and spend a little time looking up tonight. Maybe you’ll catch a shooting star as it consumes itself in the upper atmosphere.
So there you have it. Celebrations for June. I do intend to do this every month for a year. We’ll see if I get further than last time.
Be well, everyone. And celebrate.by