By Michele D. Baker
The old adage is true: a shower of April events leads right into all the great celebrations in May, and this month is full of amazing holidays and happenings celebrating nature and our Mother Earth.
Many people begin their April with April Fools’ Day on the first. World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. Unusually this year, three religious holidays that follow different calendars are all celebrated in April: Passover is April 5-13; Sunday, April 9 is Easter; and Ramadan (which began March 22) ends on April 10.
Other holidays include National Wildlife Week, which starts April 10; and the international Songkran Festival on April 13-15 is the Thai New Year and a holiday described as “the biggest water fight in the world,” as throwing water is meant to wash away bad luck from the previous year.
April’s beautiful weather and the return of “all things outdoors” means we can celebrate in the sun on Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 28). April is also National Garden Month and Keep America Beautiful Month. There are also food-themed celebrations: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2, National Burrito Day on April 6, National Beer Day on April 7, and Pretzel Day on April 26.
No matter how you choose to spend your spring, we wish you fair skies, good health, and happy families.