About April

In the initial Roman calendar April was the second month of the year until January and February were added in 700 BC. It is thought that the name April comes from the Latin word "to open" and describes the trees opening at springtime. It could also be that the name comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Special Days in the month of April

  • The first day of April is April Fools Day, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another.
  • April 22 is Earth Day.
  • April 2 is Light It Up Blue for Autism Day and the whole month is Autism Awareness Month.
  • Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days.
  • The Jewish festival of Pescah, or Passover, is celebrated early in April.
  • Easter is almost always in April, and, with it comes other Christian celebrations such as Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
  • April is the month when the professional baseball season begins in the United States.

Did you know?

  • April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month.
  • April is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
  • The name for the month of April originally came for Aprilis which means to open.
  • Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward and settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.
  • In some parts of the world, it is planting time, while in other parts, it is the harvest season.
  • April is Humor Month, so laugh it up!
  • The birthstone for April is the diamond.
  • The zodiac signs are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Taurus (April 20-May 20).
  • The birth flowers for the month of April are the sweet pea and the daisy.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The diamond of April symbolizes innoncence.
  • The Boston Marathon is held during April.
  • In Ancient Rome the month of April was sacred to the goddess Venus.
  • National Poetry Month
    National Arab American Heritage Month
    Teacher Appreciation Week
    Jazz Appreciation Month
    Alcohol Awareness Month
    Cancer Control Month

April is also host to some famous birthdays
Marvin Gaye, April 2, 1939
Jane Goodall, April 3, 1934
Jackie Chan, April 7, 1954
Leonardo Da Vinci, April 15, 1452
Charlie Chaplin, April 16, 1889
Jack Nicholson, April 22, 1937
William Shakespeare, April 23, 1565





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