April is the fourth month of the year. It has a length of 30 days. April’s name is from the Latin word aperire, meaning to open. It is assumed to be associated with the full bloom of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the period when the soil once again opens up to the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants. This fact makes April a very colorful and lively month.
April Holidays and Observances
- April 1: April Fools Day
- April 3: Find a Rainbow Day
- April 5: World Health Day
- April 6: National Walking Day
- April 9: National Unicorn Day
- April 10: National Siblings Day
- April 11: National Pet Day
- April 12: International Day of Human Space Flight
- April 15: World Art Day
- April 15: National High-Five Day
- April 16: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
- April 17: Haiku Poetry Day
- April 20: National Look-Alike Day
- April 22: Earth Day
- April 23: World Book Day
- April 25: National Telephone Day
- April 28: Denim Day
- April 29: International Dance Day
- April 29: Arbor Day (Last Friday in April)
- April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
- April 30: International Jazz Day
July Global Holidays
The most famous day of this month is probably the first day. Every April 1st, the whole world celebrates April fools day. It is a time when hilarity consumes the day. Practical jokes are rampant everywhere. The day is full of excitement and fun.
A gentle reminder, please make sure all your shenanigans are safe. We would not want to harm anyone due to carelessness. Or make sure to back-up files you have rearranged. You would never want to lose important data.
Speaking of laughs, did you know that coincidentally in April, International Moment of Laughter Day is also celebrated? On the 14th of the month, unleash your inner child and be carefree. Open your mouth and release the best laugh inside you. As they say, laughter is the best medicine, so make sure to get lots of it on this day. Share this contagious gesture with family, friends, and other colleagues.
Thanks to the month’s association to spring, April 22nd is assigned as Earth Day. It is a time to be aware of the environment and practice actions to preserve it. Activities like recycling, composting, repurposing, and halting the usage of plastic are highly encouraged. You can also reduce air pollution by joining a carpool or taking public transportation. Whatever you chose to do, these things will surely help the environment.
April Fun Facts and Folklore
April is also associated with the Greek goddess of beauty and love Aphrodite. It is said that April is derived from the word Aphrilis, a term inspired by the goddess.
A fun fact is in the Roman calendar, April was assigned as the second month of the year with 29 days. However, when the Gregorian calendar was formed, it was finalized to be the fourth with 30 days under its belt.
On the other hand, the Anglo-Saxons have their version of how April came to be. During the fifth century, they called it Oster-monath or Eostre-monath. It is to pay tribute to the goddess Eostre whose feast day is celebrated in this period.
April has also become a popular name for females. People celebrating their birthdays this month often gets April thrown in the mix. As proof, there are famous personalities like April Bowlby, April Scott, April Hunter, and many others whose names are inspired by the month.
April is a fun-filled month thanks to the holidays within it. Go and laugh all you want on April Fools Day and International Moment of Laughter Day. A smile will surely appear on your lips as you listen to music, read out poems, hear stories, or see your sustainable development efforts take shape. April is a productive month as it is entertaining.