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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Welcome April


As we welcome April, which in the Northern Hemisphere is generally known for the start of warmer weather, many will also be looking forward to celebrating / observing Easter.

Easter for the year 2021 is celebrated/observed on Sunday, April 4th. Easter also called Resurrection Sunday or Pascha is one of the most important days in the Christian faith.

Many will also be hoping the Easter bunny will make an appearance!
The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. This is why some children might enjoy Easter egg hunts as part of the festival. It doesn't do all the work alone though! In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo and in parts of Germany by a fox.

image from here

We know April is the fourth month of the year, but that’s only by the Gregorian calendar that we adhere to now. It was previously the fifth month in the earlier Julian calendar.

April also only had 29 days, but a 30th day was added when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar.

In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the seasonal equivalent to October.

No one is sure how the month ended up with its name, but we do know the Romans named it “Aprillis.”

The etymology behind the word “April” comes from the verb “aperire,” which means “to open.” It’s commonly believed that the word refers to the season of trees and flowers begin to “open” or bloom.

Those who were born in April have a diamond as their birthstone, which represents innocence.
Their birth flower is either a Daisy or a Sweet Pea.

There are two zodiac signs in April. Aries, which is until April 19th, and Taurus, which is April 20th and onwards.

Of course, one of the most well-known dates of April, is April Fools’ Day on the 1st of the month. No one is sure where this originated from, but some believe it to be inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s story in “Canterbury Tales” called “Nun’s Priest’s Tale.” 

Whatever you plan to do during the month of April, I hope it will be a good month for you. 

Easter Egg Anyone ?
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34 comments:

Tom said...

...where does the time go?

DVArtist said...

Very nice post! This is my birthday month. It was my mom's as well. Mom was the 24th and I am the 27th. We spent every birthday together. Sometimes it is still difficult to celebrate without her, but I do have the best memories. Oh of course we are both Taurus.
Thanks for the history on the month of April.

William Kendall said...

The year seems to pass more swiftly than last year.

Christine said...

Happy April!

Elephant's Child said...

A very, very happy and healthy April to you and yours.

Margaret D said...

Interesting.
Happy Easter.

J.P. Alexander said...

Ten un buen mes de abril y adoro los huevos de chocolate. Te mando un beso

Debbie said...

i enjoyed reading this, one month closer to warm weather!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Love your welcome post to April. It is obviously my favorite month, too.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Interesting information about April and the Easter bunny! My daughter was born in April and she has always loved daisies. I never knew daisies were April's flower! I am so happy that spring is here. Hope that you and your family have a lovely Easter! xo Karen

Valerie-Jael said...

Happy Easter to you and yours! Have a great weekend, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Happy April!
Take care, have a great weekend! Happy Easter!

Jo said...

Some fun facts there and I've learnt something new.

Jenny Woolf said...

Thanks for the informative post. I always find April such an optimistic month and its name is quite appropriate - wonderful to see everything opening up and awakening. Enjoy your Easter!

linda said...

I love April when everything is waking up from it's winter sleep. Have a lovely Easter weekend.

My name is Erika. said...

I always enjoy your beginning of the month posts. I didn't know baby rabbits were called kittens also. It is always worth the read. Happy Easter weekend.

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

💚 Happy April! 🌱 Happy Easter! 💛

Inger said...

April has been difficult for me, but I'm determined to make it a happy one this year. Happy Easter!

DMS said...

I am happy for April and warmer weather and flowers! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
~Jess

CJ Kennedy said...

Wonderful post. Happy Easter 💐🐣🐰

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Easter is not something we celebrate but Happy Easter to all who do.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

HAPPY APRIL AND BLESSED SPRING!!

José Antonio Sánchez Rumí said...

Very interesting Jan, I have always liked the origin of things, as they have been happening to our days,
Happy Easter.
Best regards.

sandy said...

that chocolate looks good! Happy Spring and hope your Easter Sunday is beautfully blessed.

Maria Rodrigues said...

What an interesting post about the month of April.
April and May are two months that I love, because all nature is reborn and offers us so much color and beauty.
Hugs

Conniecrafter said...

can you hardly believe it is April already and we have gone through so much in the past year!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!

Sue said...

I'm really enjoying the lighter evenings, and our garden looks at its best at this time of year xx

carol l mckenna said...

Oh love the bunny and chick photo ~ great info about the month of April ~

Living moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Teresa said...

Feliz mes de abril para ti.

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent post Jan! Thank you! Big Hugs!

Jeanie said...

Your monthly posts are always one of my favorites. I didn't know about April and Apriere and the wonderful connection!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

April is a very welcome month. March was fickle this year, which it usually is here in Connecticut US.

Ananka said...

Cannot believe it is April already!

Carla from The River said...

My son Sam's birthday is in April. :-)