June 2019 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna as well as traditional holidays and international commemoration days of the United Nations and other organisations in June.

Traditional holidays

9 June: Father's Day
Day in honour of fathers

International Days of the United Nations and other organisations

1 June: International Children's Day
The International Children's Day is celebrated in more than 145 countries around the world to raise awareness on children's needs and rights.
20 June: World Refugee Day
The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted in 1951. World Refugee Day is observed on 20 June and commemorates the signing of the Convention. Thanks to the Refugee Convention millions of people have found protection from persecution and have been able to start a new life in safety.

Christianity

6 June: Ascension Day (orthodox)
9 June: Pentecost (Catholic, Protestant)
Pentecost celebrates the day when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind 50 days after Easter. Pentecost is also regarded as the "birthday of the church".
10 June: Pentecost Monday (Catholic, Protestant, also a public holiday) 16 June: Pentecost (orthodox)
17 June Pentecost Monday (orthodox)
20 June: Corpus Christi (Catholic, also a public holiday)
Roman Catholic celebration ten days after Pentecost in recognition of the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The altar sacrament is visibly carried.

Islam

4 to 6 June: Eid ul Fitr (Turkish: Seker Bayrami; Ramazan Bayrami, Arabic: Eid Al-Fitr)
It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan and symbolises the breaking of the fasting period. Today, the Turkish name Seker Bayrami is associated with the sweets (seker = sugar) which are given as presents on this day. That is why the day is also called "Sugar Festival". Depending on the national calendar tradition, the date of the festival may vary by one or two days.

Judaism

8 June: Shavuot
The Feast of Weeks is held in commemoration of the revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai, God's most important gift to His people: the Torah, the document establishing the covenant between God and His people.
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