Another busy month. Without further adieu, lets get to it!
April – Latin Aprilis, Greek Aphro for Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty.
April 1st – April Fools Day. Thought to have started in the mid 1500’s when the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved from the end of March/beginning of April to January 1st. Some resistant to the idea were called fools and sent on fools errands. The pranks evolved into what is celebrated today. Celebrated in India as the Holi or Huli Festival. Both names came up in searches. On March 31st, colored powder and water are thrown on people to herald the beginning of spring.
April 5th – Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) revolving. The day when the Last Supper took place. Maundy comes from the Latin word meaning mandate, sometimes translated as commandment. Jesus washed the feet of his apostles and shared the Passover meal with them before being arrested.
April 6th – Good Friday revolving. The day Jesus was crucified. Christians celebrate this is day in a myriad of fashions, too long to list here, but it is a day of mourning and reflection.
April 7th – Passover or Pesach. revolving. Remembrance of the exodus of Jews from Egypt. Moses asked the Pharaoh to let the people go. If he did not, then ten plagues would rain down on Egypt ending with the death of the first born sons. Pharaoh refused and the plagues began. Passover refers to the pesachal lamb used to smear blood on the doors of the Jews, therefore signaling God should pass over their home. The first two nights of the holiday, a special meal called a seder is served.
April 8th – Easter. revolving. The day when Jesus was said to rise from his tomb. Easter eggs hunts are usually performed this same day. A vestige from the Pagan holiday Oestre.
April 19th – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yom Hashoah.Remembrance of the six million Jews killed in the concentration camps during World War II.
April 22nd – Earth Day. Founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the day is meant to bring awareness of humans’ impact on he Earth and what can be done to change the impact had to a positive one.
April 25th – Administrator Assistants’ Day – Acknowledging the work of administrative assistants.
April 27th – Arbor Day – Started April 10, 1872 in Nebraska by Julius Morton, an estimated 1 million trees were planted. Set as a day to care for and plant trees. Morton thought a day should be dedicated to the planting and care of trees to help improve the Nebraska landscape.
Hope those celebrating have a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.
P.S. As always, feel free to add any I missed into the comments.