April 1


The word April comes from the Latin name Aprilis, which means “to open”. The Romans gave the month this name inferring that April is the time for plants and flowers to begin to open up.

In many northern hemisphere countries, April is the time for spring to fully flourish and this month does have a number of holidays and recognitions that people around the world celebrate. This is also a time of religious holidays as well, celebrated by both the Jewish and Christian faiths. April is a time of celebration and the diversity of the holidays are certainly apparent in this month.

April Holidays

Easter – Varies, but mostly in April

Easter is a holiday that does vary in terms of when it is celebrated, but for the most part this particular Sunday falls in April. Easter is recognized by the Christian faith as the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the savior who offers everlasting life. Easter is the way the Christian faith recognizes this event that is the foundation of their religion.

Easter is celebrated by children with the famous Easter egg hunt where the Easter Bunny brings brightly colored eggs, jelly beans and lots of chocolate. The origins of this part of Easter are still shrouded in mystery, but the legend is that the Easter Egg Hunt was the first ever recognized game as the story goes.

April Fool’s Day – April 1st

Arguably one of the most famous days of the year that is not an official holiday, April Fool’s Day is a day of pulling pranks, tricks and fooling your friends. The spirit of April Fool’s Day is that the trick must be harmless and fun. Plus, if the gag can be pulled on someone who is normally wise to this day, then all the better. The origins of April Fool’s Day are of some debate. However there are mentions of this day dating back to Roman times. Its influence is still strongly with us to this day as radio shows and pranksters of all types take this moment to try and trick people.

World Heath Day – April 7th

This is the day recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for people to take care of their own health. Scheduling a visit with the doctor is encouraged while many of the activities surrounding this day focus on overall health issues, awareness, education programs and fund raising to address the larger health needs of the community.

National Librarian Day – April 16th

A day that celebrates librarians around the country, National Librarian Day is the time when you visit the library and say thanks to the librarians. While this is not a nationally recognized holiday, it has been around for several years and is generally celebrated by many people.

Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Fourth Thursday in April

First encouraged by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993 as a way to give girls additional insight into the workplace, Take Your Daughter to Work Day quickly took off and has become a national phenomenon. Although not officially recognized, this day is very well known as fathers and mothers take their daughters to work in order to show what they do during the day. It is highly popular in office environments, but many blue collar jobs are not well suited for this particular day.

There are many holidays in April. These are just a few that are celebrated by people in the US and around the world as well.

 

List of April Holidays

 

April 1

April Fool’s Day (All Fools Day)
Atheist Day
International Tatting Day
Library Snap Shot Day
Myles Day
National Fun Day
Poetry & The Creative Mind Day
Reading is Funny Day
Sorry Charlie Day
St. Stupid Day
US Air force Academy Day

 

April 2

International Children’s Book Day
National Day of Hope (First Wednesday)
National Ferret Day
National Love Your Produce Manager Day
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
National Walking Day (First Wednesday)
Reconciliation Day
World Autism Day

 

April 3

Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
Find A Rainbow Day
Pony Express Day
Tweed Day
Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day
World Party Day

 

April 4

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day
International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action
National D.A.R.E. Day
Vitamin C Day
World Rat Day

 

April 5

Every Day is Tag Day (First Saturday)
International Pillow Fight Day  (Always First Saturday)
National Deep Dish Pizza Day
National Love Our Children Day (First Saturday)
Tangible Karma Day (First Saturday)

 

April 6

Army Day
New Beers Eve
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
Hostess Twinkie Day
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
National Student Athlete Day
“Sorry Charlie” Day
Tartan Day
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day
Teflon Day

 

April 7

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
International Beaver Day
Metric System Day
National Beer Day
No Housework Day
Tater Day (First Monday in April)
World Health Organization Day
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

 

April 8

Buddha Day
Draw A Bird Day
International Roma Day
Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day
National Be Kind To Lawyers Day  (2nd Tuesday)
National Equal Pay Day

 

April 9

National Cherish An Antique Day
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
Appomattox Day
Jenkins Ear Day
Winston Churchill Day

 

April 10

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day
National Farm Animals Day
National Sibling Day
National Alcohol Screening Day (Thursday of first full week)
Salvation Army Founder’s Day
Safety Pin Day

 

April 11

Barbershop Quartet Day
Day of Silence
International “Louie Louie” Day
National Pet Day
National Teach Children To Save Day
World Parkinson’s Disease Day

 

April 12

D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
International Day of Human Space Flight
Baby Massage Day (2nd Saturday)
International Day for Street Children
Licorice Day
Slow Art Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day

 

April 13

Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse
Thomas Jefferson Day
Scrabble Day
Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day
World Youth Day

 

April 14

Dictionary Day
Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
International Moment of Laughter Day
National Dolphin Day
National Pecan Day
Pan American Day
Pathologists’ Assistant Day

 

April 15

Bicycle Day
Equal Pay Day
Income Tax Pay Day
Jackie Robinson Day
McDonald’s Day
Rubber Eraser Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
That Sucks Day
World Art Day (DaVinci’s Birthday)
National Library Workers Day
National Library Day  (the Tuesday of Library Week)
One Day Without Shoes Day

 

April 16

National Bookmobile Day (3rd Wednesday)
National Health Care Decisions Day
National Stress Awareness Day (First Workday After Income Taxes Are Due)
Save The Elephant Day

 

April 17

Bat Appreciation Day
Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
Ellis Island Family History Day
Ford Mustang Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
High Five Day  (Third Thursday.)
National Ask An Atheist Day (Third Thursday)
National Haiku Poetry Day
Nothing Like A Dame Day
Poem In Your Pocket Day
Support Teen Literature Day (Always Thurs. of Library Week)

 

April 18

Adult Autism Day
National Columnists Day
National Golf Day
Pet Owners Independence Day
International Amateur Radio Day
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day

 

April 19

Auctioneers Day (3rd Saturday)
Husband Appreciation Day (3rd Saturday)
John Parker Day
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day
Record Store Day (3rd Saturday)
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

 

April 20

Chinese Language Day
Easter
Plum Pudding Day
National Pot Smokers Day

 

April 21

Boston Marathon  (3rd Monday)
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
Dyngus Day (Monday After Easter)
Kindergarten Day
National Chocolate-covered Cashews Day
National Surprise Drug Test Day

 

April 22

Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day
Earth Day
Girl Scout Leaders Day
“In God We Trust Day” Day
Mother Earth Day
National Jelly Bean Day
National Teach Your Children To Save Day (4th Tuesday)

 

April 23

English Language Day
Impossible Astronaut Day (Dr. Who)
International Marconi Day
Movie Theatre Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
World Book & Copyright Day
World Book Night
Secretary’s Day

 

April 24

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day (4th Thursday)
World Meningitis Day

 

April 25

Arbor Day (Last Friday)
DNA Day
Hairstylists Appreciation Day
Hug A Plumber Day
National Hairball Awareness Day (Always Last Friday)
Malaria Awareness Day
Parental Alienation Day
Red Hat Society Day
World Penguin Day

 

April 26

Audubon Day
Bob Wills Day  (Last Saturday)
Do Dah Day
Hug An Australian Day
National Dance Day
National Go Birding Day (Last Saturday)
National Help A Horse Day
National Herb Day (Last Saturday)
National Kids and Pets Day
National Rebuilding Day (Last Saturday)
National Pretzel Day
Penguin Day  (Last Saturday)
Richter Scale Day
Save The Frogs Day  (Last Saturday)
Sense of Smell Day  (Last Saturday)
World Day for Animals in Laboratories (Last Saturday)
World Healing Day (Last Saturday)
World Intellectual Property Day
World Veterinary Day (Last Saturday)
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (Last  Saturday)

 

April 27

Babe Ruth Day
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Mantanzas Mule Day
Morse Code Day
Mother, Father Deaf Day (Last Sunday)
National Pet Parent’s Day (Last Sunday)
Pinhole Photography Day  (Last Sunday)

 

April 28

Biological Clock Day
Workers Memorial Day
World Day for Safety and Health at Work

 

April 29

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
International Dance Day
“Peace” Rose Day
World Wish Day
Zipper Day

 

April 30

Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
Beltane
Bugs Bunny Day
International Guide Dogs Day (Last Wednesday)
International Jazz Day
Díá De Los Niños / Díá De Los Libros Day
National Animal Advocacy
National Honesty Day
Spank Out Day – USA
Walpurgis Night

 

Rumor Has It …

… that Canadian singer Avril Lavigne was actually born April Lavigne, but as a baby on the first day of the 4th month, she had an April-ectomy, changing the “p” to a “v” in her first name.

 


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  • Kyra

    I always thought “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” was just something various companies participated in and decided on a day that was convenient for them to do it anytime of the year. Had no idea it was an actual holiday! I’m seeing a lot of odd holidays in April as well. (though not quite as many as I noticed in May!) “New Beers Eve”? “That Sucks Day”? “Do Dah Day”? I’ll have to look some of these up. Very interesting read with all these holidays I’ve never heard of!