April Fun Facts
I was curious about how the month of April got it’s name and I found a lot of uncertain information. To follow are some fun details I found although I’m not sure if they are all factual. It does allow our imagination to wonder which to me is amusing.
–>Prior to the addition of January and February by King Numa Pompilius around 700 BC, April was the second month of the Roman calendar year – March being the first. Around 450 BC, April slipped into the fourth slot and assigned 29 days. With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar by pope Gregory XIIII in 1582, an extra day was added and thus ‘30 days hath April.’
–>Though April’s derivation is not certain, a common theory is that the name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” – perhaps a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees, a common occurrence throughout the month of April.
–>Another theory holds that since months are often named for gods and goddess and since Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,” one can surmise that the month was named for the Greek goddess of love, whom the Romans called Venus.
–> April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years, and January in leap years.
–> April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.
–> April’s birthstone is the diamond.
–>The birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy (Bellis perennis) or the Sweet Pea.
–>The zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries (until April 20) and Taurus (April 21 onwards).
–> Events in April
- Rape Awareness Month
- Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated in April (Hong Kong)
- Jazz Appreciation Month (United States)
- National Poetry Month (United States)
- National Poetry Writing Month
- Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month (International)
- Confederate History Month (southern United States)-April 26
- National Arab American Heritage Month (United States)
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month (United States)
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month (United States)
- Financial Literacy Month (United States)
- National Stress Awareness Month (United States)
Good Friday (Christians) – a Friday between March 20 and April 23, being the last Friday before Easter
Easter, or Resurrection Day (Christians) – celebrated the First Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Spring Equinox, near March 21st (between March 22 and April 25)
International Trombone Week – varies. In 2012, it is April 1–15
Boston Marathon – Third Monday
London Marathon – usually fourth Sunday
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, usually fourth Thursday (United States)
Arbor Day – last Friday of April in some states in the United States
Record Store Day – usually celebrated on the third Saturday
April Fools’ Day – April 1
Belarusian Day – April 3
Japanese school calendar also starts from April 1, although Nyugakushiki (entry ceremony for schools) are usually held later, around second week of April.
Arbor Day (Korea) – April 5
End of Tax Year (UK) – April 5
April 1 is the first day of Japanese fiscal year. Major Japanese companies usually have Nyushashiki (entry ceremony for companies) for new employees those who newly hired after their graduation from schools, on this day.
Passover (Hebrew:פסח) a Jewish holiday
World Health Day – April 7
Buddha’s Birthday – Traditional Date – April 8
Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as “Bataan Day” (Philippines) – April 9
Bengali New Year (Bangladesh) – April 14
Vaisakh (Nepal) – April 14
Vaisakhi (India) – April 14
Beginning of Tax Year (India) – April 1
Thai New Year in Thailand – April 13
Lao New Year in Laos – April 13
Burmese New Year in Burma – April 13
Khmer New Year in Cambodia – April 13
Tax Day (US) – April 15
National Healthcare Decisions Day (US) – April 16
Zimbabwean Independence Day – April 18
4:20 – April 20
Patriots’ Day – April 21
Earth Day – April 22
Conch Republic Independence Celebration (Key West, Florida) – April 23
St George’s Day Patron Saint Celebration (England, Europe) – April 23
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day – April 24
Liberation Day in Italy – April 25 is a National Holiday that celebrates the end of the Nazi Germany occupation in the Northern Italy.
ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand) – April 25
Carnation Revolution (Portugal) – April 25
Confederate Memorial Day (US: Georgia, Tennessee,Florida, Texas)- April 26
Resistance day in Slovenia – formerly Liberation Front of the Slovene People day April 27
Freedom Day (South Africa) – April 27
April 29 is a Japanese national holiday, as Shōwa Day since 2007. It has been celebrated as The Emperor’s Birthday from 1927 to 1988, then renamed as Greenery Day after Hirohito’s death in 1989. It is usually marked as the first day of “Golden Week”, a week-long holiday period.
Formerly Koninginnedag in the Netherlands / Kingdom of the Netherlands – April 30, for the last time celebrated in 2013, now celebrated as Koningsdag at April 27th.
Independence day (Syria) – April 17
–>April in different languages:
- Abril=Asturian, Galician, Mirandese, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.
- April= Afrikaans, Alsatian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, German, Indonesian, Maltese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Swedish, US, etc.
- Aprile=Corsican, Italian
- French=Avril, Haitian Creole, etc.
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