April 1, 2018
Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary. Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year. It is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance, and is followed by Eastertide.
April Fools Day
Although the day had been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, the annual tradition of April Fools Day was popularized by English pranksters in 1700. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand," looking for things that don't exist; playing practical jokes and pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.
National One Cent Day
National One Cent Day is a day dedicated to the history and origins of the one cent coin, colloquially known as the penny. The first U.S. penny was designed by Benjamin Franklin and minted in 1787. The first Lincoln penny was issued in 1909, 100 years after Abraham Lincoln's birth.
National Autism Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote autism awareness, to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and to improve the lives of individuals living with it. ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by persistent difficulties in social communication and restrictive and repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities.
National Humor Month
"National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life". Visit Larrywilde.com for more information.
National Garden Month
Every April, since 2003, communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. According to the original proclamation: "Gardening is a wholesome avocation that encourages appreciation for nature and concern for the preservation and enhancement of our environment. It prompts a genuine respect for those who work in agriculture today. Gardening, above all, provides a special source of fulfillment when foresight, patience, and collaboration with soil and sunlight finally are repaid by lovely flowers and luscious harvests."
National Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created by The National Museum of American History in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.
Stress Awareness Month
Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.
National Poetry Month
The aim of National Poetry Month is to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms, increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media, encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and encourage support for poets and poetry.
National Welding Month
According to the American Welding Society, "April is National Welding Month, the time of year to think about all the ways that welding holds the world together. From the smallest welds that keep your household goods in one piece, to the major welds that go into our cars, buses, tankers and bridges, welding is literally the glue of the modern world."
National Love Our Children Day
An initiative of Love Our Children USA, National Love Our Children Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of every April. The day was created to acknowledge the value of children, to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection and respect, to strengthen families, and to raise awareness for efforts to keep children safe.
National School Librarian Month
National School Librarian Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. First celebrated in 1985, every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
"National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children". For more information visit ChildWelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth.