While some might think of February or the winter holiday season as a time for love, I always think of June.
Although June is filled with fun little holidays that don’t really have anything to do with love, this month commemorates some major events that helped break down barriers for love.
First up, today, National Rotisserie Chicken Day.
OK, that might be a bit of a stretch to make chickens about love, but don’t you just love that rotisserie chicken smell? Pick one up for dinner tonight and enjoy the entire drive home with that hot chicken in your back seat. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
June 4 is National Cheese Day. I ate a Gruyere/cheddar cheese last weekend that I instantly fell in love with.
Though I can’t find an origin for this unofficial holiday, I’ll celebrate it because I won’t pass up an opportunity to eat cheese.
National Best Friends Day is June 8. It’s a perfect day to show your friends how much you love them. Go out to a movie, or eat some cheese together.
June 9 is National Children’s Day. This day was created in 1856 as a special day to baptize children. Then in 1995, President Bill Clinton proclaimed National Children’s Day as Oct. 8.
President George W. Bush, in 2001, declared the first Sunday in June as National Child’s Day. However, National Children’s Day is generally celebrated the second Sunday in June or Oct. 8.
Since people can’t decide what day to celebrate this holiday, just play it safe and love your child every day.
National Loving Day is observed each year on June 12. The day is an annual celebration that commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia, which struck down all laws banning interracial marriage.
There is a movement to persuade the U.S. government to make Loving Day an officially recognized holiday, but it stands as an unofficial holiday to keep the ruling’s importance fresh in the minds of a generation that has grown up with interracial relationships being legal.
Loving Day was inspired by Juneteenth, June 19, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Other lovely holidays you can celebrate in June are National Making Life Beautiful Day on June 11, National Red Rose Day on June 12, National Smile Power Day on June 15 and Father’s Day on June 16.
The month of June is also LGBT Pride Month. June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969, 50 years ago this year.
The Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid at Stonewall Inn in New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the U.S.
As a result, many LGBT pride events are held each year during this month to celebrate this fight, and to keep fighting.
At the same time, these events are held so the LGBT community can show love and acceptance to each other, because they may not get that support in their everyday lives.
If you decide not to celebrate any of these holidays in June, just try to show love and acceptance to everyone with whom you come into contact, no matter their differences from you.
If you want to see what other days you can celebrate, I get most of my information from nationaldaycalendar.com.
If you see a holiday you think I should highlight, email me at anewman@TheHP.com or find me on Twitter @HPANewman.
Alexandra Newman is a staff writer for The Herald-Palladium.