Although the entire world has rarely seen such terrible stress and tragedy at the same time, we have to remember that at some point this too will pass. Our lives will be different and it might be a long time until we feel secure again, but people are resilient and we will be strong again.
Below are a few facts about this month.
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac April is from the Latin word aperiod "to open" because plants begin to grow during this month. Small animals that are in hibernation usually come out of their slumber, birds fly northwards, and the bees and butterflies begin their nectar collection. It is sowing time in some parts of the world, while in others, it is the harvest season.
Two signs in the traditional Zodiac calendar fall in April, both of which are domestic animals.
People born in the first part of the month between March 21st and April 19th are said to be born under the sign of Aries the Ram, a Sun sign which is ruled by the planet and the Roman god of War, Mars.
Those born from April 20th to May 20th are born under Taurus the Bull, an Earth sign who is ruled by the planet and the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
Two flowers signify the month of April: the Daisy and the Sweet Pea. The Daisy symbolizes innocence, loyal love, and purity and the Sweet Pea signifies blissful pleasure.
The birthstone for people born in April is the diamond, one of the hardest substances on earth, and one that formed deep in the earth. Diamonds are said to bring all kinds of benefits to their owners, supposedly leading the wearer to experience better relationships and an increase in inner strength. They are supposed to bring balance, clarity, and abundance, and it is symbolic of eternal love.
Some of the days celebrated this month are:
-April 1st is known as April Fool's Day and although most people are not in the mood to celebrate today, in the past some people played hoaxes, pranks or jokes on others. No one knows for sure when April Fools’ Day began, but some believe it started in 16th century France when the observation of New Year’s changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate on April 1st were called “April Fools.”
-April 5th is Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday marks the day when Christ rode into Jerusalem a week before his death and resurrection and was greeted by its people, who strewed cloaks and tree branches along his path to honor him as their king. Palm Sunday includes the blessing of palm leaves. In many Christian denominations, palm fronds are burned and the ashes are saved for use on the next Ash Wednesday.
-The holiday of Passover starts on April 8th and ends on the 16th and represents freeing peoples from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Hebrew name, “Pesach,” means “to passover” because the plague in Egypt that killed all firstborns passed over the Israelites’ homes, sparing the lives of their children. Perhaps the most well-known of these foods is the matzoh (flat, crackerlike unleavened bread), which is a reminder of the haste with which the slaves, who had no time to wait for the bread to rise, left Egypt.
-Easter happens on April 12th this year. Orthodox Christians celebrate on April 19th. It is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon. Some unusual facts are that eggs used to be forbidden during Lent and that's why they play a big part in the day by being dyed various colors and they also symbolize new life. It's also said that the Easter Bunny symbolizes the hare which was an Egyptian symbol of fertility and birth.
-April 20 is Patriots ’Day. It commemorates the events of April 19, 1775, that marked the start of the American Revolutionary War, especially the midnight rides of Paul Revere and others to warn of the approach of British troops, and the battles of Lexington and Concord. -April 22 is Earth Day and this year will mark its 50 year anniversary! On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans—10% of the U.S. population at the time—protested to bring attention to the very concerning environmental issues of the day, including oil spills, dangerous smog levels, and rivers that were so polluted that they literally caught fire. Today, Earth Day is one of the biggest civic and community event in the world and is celebrated through action to protect and restore the planet, from joining a park cleanup to joining a climate or carbon initiative to taking part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative.
-Arbor Day, April 24th is much like Earth Day. It is a holiday that celebrates nature and is geared toward the future. A popular Arbor Day tradition is to plant a tree in honor or memory of a loved one.
Hope you all continue to remain cautious and follow all the safety rules even though you are getting bored with isolation. Thanks to everyone who continues to take care of our needs. If you are lucky enough to be someone who can remain at home remember that isolation means safety. Try to focus on the fact that better days are coming!
Source: Old Farmer's Almanac