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June

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    The Duck feast is held every year on the 1st of June at the Cat Inn, in the village of Charlton, Wiltshire. The pub was originally called the Red Lion, but the depiction of the lion on the sign was so poorly executed that locals call the pub the Cat instead.
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    Doughnut Day is the first Friday in June each year. Many people avoid doughnuts on a regular basis, because they're fattening.
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    The challenge for today, National Egg Day is to make a meal around eggs. Breakfast if you want, but higher points are awarded to those who make eggs the main course for dinner! Winlock, in Washington State, holds its Egg Day festival on the third weekend in June.
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    The 5th of June is Gingerbread Day. Gingerbread is more traditional at Christmas or during the winter, when the warming effects of the spicy ginger could be most appreciated.
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    On this day, 8th June, in 1784, a boy named Marie-Antoine Carême was born. He would become the world's first celebrity chef, and codify French cooking in a way that still serves as a foundation today for European cooking.
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    Medard of Noyon is the Patron Saint of brewers and good harvests. He is sometimes depicted with a giant eagle hovering over his head to shelter him from rain, while others around him got wet (reputedly this occurred while he was a child.) This led to his association with control over the weather.
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    St Columba was reputedly born 7 December 521 in what is now County Donegal, Ireland. He founded a monastery on Iona Island, off the west coast of Scotland.
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    There is actually a great deal of varying opinion as to when Taco Day actually is. Competing dates include 16th April, 11th June, 12th June and 4th October.
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    Internet greeting card sites give 13 June as Lobster Day, but don't try to make sense of the date. It's not necessarily tied to any particular area where lobster fishing is open at the time.
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    No excuses for anyone not having veggies today! Every year on 17 June is Eat Your Vegetables Day. It falls in the middle of National Fruit and Vegetables Month.
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    When's the last time you had a picnic? If you can't remember, then maybe it's been too long. Round up some friends and / or family, and make an occasion of it.
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    The 19th of June is Martini Day -- and, reputedly, International Martini Day at that! If it's been ages since you've had a Martini, pay a visit to an old friend. Can't think of anything to celebrate with a Martini? Have one or two and something might come to mind...
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    Still celebrated traditionally on the 24th of June, Midsummer Night now actually occurs on the 21st of June owing to how the astronomical equinox has shifted forward several days over the centuries. It was a very important pagan holiday in pre-Christian times.
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    The 24th of June is the national day of Québec, and an official state holiday there, with everyone getting the day off work. The actual name for today is St-Jean-Baptiste Day (St John the Baptist Day) or Fête Nationale des Québecois (Québec National Celebration.) St John is the national patron saint.
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    Cakes and Ale Day is a yearly event held in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in south-eastern England. A man named Jenkyn Smith (aka Jankeyns Smythe) died in 1481, leaving money to St Mary's Church, which was part of the Abbey of St Edmund.
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    The 28th of June is Tapioca Day, even though a small dissident, break-away group says it is on the 15th of July. Some people will want to give this holiday a miss, no matter what day it's on, because they can't get past the taste or look of tapioca.
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