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Template:AprilCalendar Template:Wiktionary April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days.

April begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Aries and ends in the sign of Taurus. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Pisces and ends in the constellation of Aries.

The derivation of the name (Latin aprilis) is uncertain. The traditional etymology from the Latin aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open," is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of ἁνοιξις (opening) for spring. Since all the Roman months were named in honour of divinities, and as April was sacred to Venus, the Festum Veneris et Fortunae Virilis being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her Greek name Aphrodite, or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus

The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter. St George's day is the twenty-third of the month; and St Mark's Eve, with its superstition that the ghosts of those who are doomed to die within the year will be seen to pass into the church, falls on the twenty-fourth. In China the symbolical ploughing of the earth by the emperor and princes of the blood takes place in their third month, which frequently corresponds to our April; and in Japan the feast of Dolls is celebrated in the same month.

The "days of April" (journées d'avril) is a name appropriated in French history to a series of insurrections at Lyons, Paris and elsewhere, against the government of Louis Philippe in 1834, which led to violent repressive measures, and to a famous trial known as the procès d'avril.

April was originally the second month of the Roman calendar and had 29 days. Julius Caesar's calendar reform in 45 BCE resulted in April having 30 days and becoming the fourth month, as the year now began in January.

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The Tragic Month of April

Wars that started/ended in April include

Other Tragedies that have occurred in the month of April include

Trivia

April Events

Monthlong events in April

  • Chocolate Eaters Month
  • Grass Month
  • Pets Are Wonderful Month
  • Uh-huh Month
  • Poetry Month
  • Cancer Control Month
  • Marcus H. Birthday (National Holiday in Australia)
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Freedom Shrine Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Mathematics Education Month
  • Multicultural Communication Month
  • National Anxiety Month
  • National Garden Month
  • National Home Improvement Month
  • National Humor Month
  • National Occupational Therapy Month
  • National Welding Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Philatelic Societies Month
  • VD Awareness Month
  • National Food Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Holy Humor Month
  • International Amateur Radio Month
  • International Twit Award Month
  • Month of the Young Child
  • National Florida Tomato Month
  • National Knuckles Down Month
  • National Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education and Awareness Month
  • National Woodworking Month
  • Sea Cadet Month
  • Thai Heritage Month
  • Sports Eye Safety Month
  • Community Services Month (California)
  • Listening Awareness Month
  • Autism Awareness Month

Weeklong events in April

1st Week in April

  • Medic Alert Week
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Publicity Stunt Week
  • National Birthparents Week
  • Week of the Young Child
  • Straw Hat Week
  • National Bake Week (begins 1st Mon)
  • Consider Christianity Week
  • National Reading a Road Map Week

2nd Week in April

  • Be Kind to Animals Week
  • Masters Golf Tournament
  • National Medical Laboratory Week
  • Private Property Week (10th-16th)
  • National Library Week
  • Harmony Week
  • National Garden Week
  • TV Turn-Off Week
  • National Guitar Week
  • National Building Safety Week
  • National Home Safety Week

3rd Week in April

  • National Police Week
  • Boys and Girls Club Week
  • National Coin Week
  • Bike Safety Week
  • National Bubblegum Week
  • Pan American Week
  • National Week of the Ocean
  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
  • National Volunteer Week
  • National Adult Films Week

Last Week in April

  • Forest Week
  • National Lingerie Week
  • Canada-US Goodwill Week
  • Big Brothers/Sisters Appreciation Week
  • Consumer Protection Week
  • National TV-Free Week
  • Jewish Heritage Week
  • Keep America Beautiful Week
  • National YMCA Week
  • Professional Secretaries Week
  • Intergenerational Week
  • Reading Is Fun Week
  • Egg Salad Week
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (begins Last Mon)

A Week in April

  • Astronomy Week (determined by 1st Quarter Moon)

April Movable Daily Holidays

1st Sunday

  • Set-Your Clock-Forward-Day
  • Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States; turn your clock ahead at 2:00 a.m.
  • Budoha Day (Hawaii)
  • Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)

1st Saturday

  • Saturday Market Day (Oregon)

1st Saturday before 5th

  • Tax Saturday (UK)

1st Thursday

  • Glarus Festival (Switzerland)

1st Friday

  • Student Government Day (Massachusetts)

Friday after 1st

  • Arbor Day (Apache, Navajo, Coconino, Mohave, Yavapai; Arizona)

2nd Friday

  • Audubon Day

3rd Sunday & Monday

  • Sechselauten (Six Ringing Festival; Switzerland)

3rd Monday

  • Patriot's Day (Maine, Massachusetts)
  • Boston Marathon

Thursday between 19th & 26th

  • First Day of Summer (Iceland)

Saturday nearest St. George's Day (23rd)

  • Peppercorn Day (Bermuda)

Monday nearest Feast Day of St. George (23rd)

  • St. George's Day (Newfoundland)

Sunday after 1st full moon after vernal equinox following Passover

  • Lambri (Bright Day; Greece)

3rd Monday

  • Patriots' Day (Maine, Massachusetts)

4th Monday

  • Fast Day (New Hampshire)

4th Thursday

  • Take Our Daughters (and Sons) to Work Day

4th Weekend

  • Just Pray No weekend

Last Monday

  • Confederate Memorial Day (Alabama, Mississippi)

Last Friday

  • Arbor Day
  • Bird Day

Wednesday of Last Full Week

  • Administrative Professionals Day

Last Saturday

April Indeterminate Holidays

Full Moon Day of 6th Buddhist month (@ Apr/May)

  • Vesak

Sun enters Aries

  • Solar New Year (Southeast Asia)
  • aka Thingyan (Burma)
  • aka Songkran (Thailand)

10th through 15th Day of 2nd lunar month

  • Paro Tsechu (Bhutan)

During planting season (@ Apr/May)

  • Tyi Wara (Mali)

Early April to late July (every 4 years)

  • Summer Olympics begin

Late April or May

  • Alp Aufzug (Switzerland)

Before 1st rainfall (@ Apr/May)

  • Bobo Masquerade (Burkina Faso)

Sometime in April

  • World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest
  • Palm Sunday - Christian
  • Palm Sunday - Armenian Christian
  • Good Friday - Christian
  • Easter - Christian
  • Pesach (Passover) - Jewish

See also

References

  • Chambers's Book of Days
  • Grimm's Geschichte der deutschen Sprache. Cap. "Monate"
  • Template:1911
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