Epoch's Month of Events - June 2023

Epoch's Month of Events - June 2023

Explore the special days and themes for the month of June!

This calendar is a guide for you and your team to use as you plan meaningful, internal events and activities virtually for the month of June. Bring everyone together this month to focus on celebrating Pride.

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Month Themes: Pride 🌈

The month of June is known and celebrated as Pride Month in the USA, Canada, and some other countries. 🌈

This month-long theme originated in the United States, but now in present-day countries all over the world run Pride events and parades annually in June. Pride month is celebrated in June as it pays tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969. The first official Pride Parade took place in New York, in 1970. 

Pride month is a time when everyone can celebrate and embrace who they are and let the rainbow flags fly high. Celebrate Pride month this June by participating in Pride activities, joining a parade march, dressing in rainbow colors, putting up a Pride flag, learning about history, and supporting one another. 

Here is a full list of ideas on how to celebrate Pride Month!

June 2 - Donut Day 🍩

National Donut Day is observed annually on the first Friday of June. It is a day to celebrate and enjoy the sweet and delicious dessert that has been a favorite treat for many people around the world. The day was established by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

June 5 - World Environment Day 🌲

World Environment Day is observed annually on June 5th and is a day to raise awareness and take action on environmental issues. It was established by the United Nations in 1972 to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Each year, a theme is chosen to focus on a particular environmental concern, and events and activities are held all over the world to mark the day.

June 8 - National Best Friend Day 👬

National Best Friend Day is observed annually on June 8th and is a day to celebrate the special bond between best friends. It is a day to appreciate and show gratitude to the people who have been with us through thick and thin, and who have supported and encouraged us through life's ups and downs. On this day, people often take the time to reach out to their best friends, spend time together, or exchange small gifts or tokens of appreciation.

‍June 11 - Children’s Day 👧👦

‍For this day, we want to highlight how important children are in society. We also want to make it a goal to invest in these children's future by making the world a better place for them in the near future. A great way to celebrate this day is by taking the time to spend time with any children you are close to. Whether it’s doing activities together or taking the time to talk about their goals, let’s take this time to be appreciative and be good role models for them! 

Idea: Here is a list of Activities for Young Children that you and your little ones can enjoy on this celebratory day!

June 11 - Race Unity Day 💫

This day in June, also known as Race Amity Day, helps to raise awareness and the importance of racial harmony and understanding. To become more educated on this topic, there are many resources like podcasts and videos where individuals share their first-hand experiences and how individuals can support this movement.

June 12 - Loving Day ❤️

Loving Day is an annual celebration that marks the day that the United States Supreme Court struck down all bans against interracial marriage. The name of this day comes from the interracial couple that was at the center of it all in 1967, Richard and Mildred Loving. This day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about racial injustice and educate teams on this topic. There are also many movements and organizations to support and donate to that are fighting against injustice.

‍June 18 - Father’s Day 👨‍👧‍👦

On this special day, it’s a time to celebrate the fathers and fatherly figures in your life and show appreciation. This is a great opportunity to also get the children of your team’s working Dads involved in creating fun and loving crafts or cards to make for them. 

‍Idea: Offer kid-friendly crafting events to teach them how to make a handmade card for Father’s Day. Another option is to send out a little gift or care package to all the Dads on your team to celebrate them!

June 18 - National Picnic Day ⛱

Summer is almost here! Picnic Day is the perfect day to get everyone on your team to have a picnic lunch either in their backyard or a local park (while maintaining social distance). Everyone can get creative with the food they make for the picnic and kids can join in on the fun too.

‍Idea: Here is a list of 30 Picnic Ideas for Kids to make together. Turn this into an activity for the whole family and you can even run a cooking event before the picnic to prep all of the picnic foods together virtually. 

‍Idea: Or create a Slack or Teams channel and encourage employees to take pictures of their picnics and share them! You can also send employees who want to participate Uber Eats or Instacart gift cards.

June 19 - Juneteenth 🙌🏾

Juneteenth celebrates and marks the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. There are many activities for Juneteenth in the past that continue to this day such as fishing, barbequing, and baseball. A large focus of Juneteenth is on the education of this topic and self-improvement. Along with this, promoting the knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture is also very important. 

‍Idea: To honor this day, host a virtual panel of guest speakers to educate your entire team on this topic, recount the history, and celebrate the culture. Open up a Q&A session afterward to give employees the chance to get involved and start a conversation.

‍Idea: Host a Juneteenth education class. Trace the history of Juneteenth through real facts and personal narratives, and learn about how you can continue to celebrate in a way that honors its legacy.

June 20 - World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an annual event observed on June 20th to raise awareness about the millions of refugees around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, or other reasons. The day was established by the United Nations in 2001 to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees and to honor their contributions to society.

June 21 - International Day of Yoga 🧘

Get ready to unroll your yoga mats as on this day, we will be celebrating Internation Day of Yoga! This day celebrates the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage and helps us make connections with our body, mind, and soul. 

Idea: Check out this website with your team, friends, or family and grab an insight into the history and meaning of this national celebration. Also, consider attending a virtual yoga class!

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 🌟

On this day, Canadians will be celebrating the diverse cultures, history, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. This celebratory day takes place in the summer due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Idea: Introduce your team, family, or friends to 11 ways to virtually celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. This website provides activities such as upcoming festivals, the sports they play, podcasts about their history, and many more!

June 22 - First Day of Summer🍦

The first day of summer is always an exciting time as the weather is getting warmer and more time can be spent outside doing summer activities. Encourage your team to get outdoors on this day to enjoy the warm weather and maybe even enjoy a cold summer treat! 

‍Idea: Get employees to share how they spent their first day of summer on Slack.

June 23 - Public Service Day 📢

On Public Service Day, various events and activities are organized around the world to recognize the achievements and contributions of public servants and to promote excellence in public service. The day also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges faced by public servants, such as limited resources, political pressures, and the need to balance competing demands and priorities.

June 23 - Take Your Dog to Work Day 🐶

The good thing about working from home is that you get to bring your dog to work every day! But on this day in particular, why not show off your dog in your home office (hard at work of course)? If you’re in-office/hybrid, make sure to come up with a sign up process so the office doesn’t have too many dogs at once!

Idea: Get your whole team to post their dogs in their office on a Slack channel (#fuzzyfriends or #petlove) and you could even send the dogs of the team a little treat to get their tails wagging.

June 28 - International Pride Day 🏳️🌈

International Pride Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the ongoing struggles for LGBTQ+ rights around the world, as well as to promote greater understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in society. The day is also an opportunity for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to come together and celebrate their identities and achievements, and show solidarity with those who continue to face discrimination and oppression based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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