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 1 is known as April Fool's Day and some people will play 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.”
-Monday April 15 is the dreaded IRS tax deadline date that we all hate so much!
-The holiday of Passover starts on April 19 and ends on the 27th 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.
-Easter happens on April 21st this year. (Orthodox Easter is on the 28th). 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. It's also said that the Easter Bunny symbolizes the hare which was an Egyptian symbol of fertility and birth.
-April 22 is Earth day which started in 1970. Common Earth Day activities include planting trees, cleaning up litter, or simply enjoying nature through hiking, gardening, or taking a stroll in a local park.
-Arbor Day, April 26 much like Earth Day, is a holiday that celebrates nature. A popular Arbor Day tradition is to plant a tree in honor or memory of a loved one.
Hope you all enjoy the warmer weather and the promise of even better days to come!
Source: Old Farmer's Almanac