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2001-JUN

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Events during 2001-JUN:

bulletJUN-3: Christians celebrate Pentecost, (also known as Whit Sunday). It is the 7th Sunday after Easter, the day when the Holy Spirit is reported as having descended upon the Apostles and other followers of Jeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ). They are recorded as having spoken in tongues: i.e. they made statements that were understood by each of the persons present in their own native language. It is regarded by many Christians as the beginning of the Christian church.
bulletJUN-4: Muslims observe Mawlid al-Nabi, a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam in 570 CE. "The Mawlid al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad's birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today. However, some conservative sects (e.g., the Wahhabiyah) consider the celebration to be idolatrous." 1
bulletJUN-5: Sikhs celebrate the anniversary of the Birth of Gobindh Singh. He was the tenth Guru; he compiled the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. It consists of hymns and writings of the first 10 Gurus, along with religious texts from different Muslim and Hindu sources.
bulletJUN-10: Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate All Saints Day. It is the day to celebrate the lives of all saints of the Church: both known and unknown. Saints are Christians who have lived lives of great holiness and devoutness.
bulletJUN-14: Roman Catholic Christians observe Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ). It honors the Sacrament of the Eucharist - in which Roman Catholics believe a wafer and wine offered by the priest become the actual body and blood of Christ.
bulletJUN-21: Wiccans, other Neopagans, and many followers of aboriginal religions, celebrate the Summer Solstice. It occurs  at 07:37 hr, Universal Time. On this day, the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe. "Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the supreme sun." 2 It is a time for divination and healing rituals. Divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time.
bulletJUN-21: Native Canadians, Indians, Metis and Inuit, celebrate First Nations Day. Native communities hold feasts and celebrate.
bulletJUN-30: The followers of the Japanese religion, Shinto, observe Oh-harai-taisai (aka Oharai). It is the Grand Purification Ceremony which is observed twice a year. Believers attain purification from offenses committed during the preceding six months.

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References:

  1. "Mawlid," at: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/mawlid.html 
  2. "Litha," at: http://home.att.net/~haleth/litha.html 

Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2001-JUN-1
Latest update: 2001-JUN-1
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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