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Month of April 2021: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore | The Old Farmer's Almanac

The Month of April 2021: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore

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Everything You Should Know About April!

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By April, spring has finally sprung, and if we’re lucky, the weather will reflect that! We hope that your sky is bright and clear and your grass is growing green. In celebration, check out the month’s holidays, recipes, gardening tips, and folklore!

The Month of April

The month of April gets its name from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants really begin to grow now. Read more about how the months got their names.

April Calendar

“Just for Fun” Days

  • Apr. 1: Sweet Potato Day
  • Apr. 6: International Pillow Fight Day
  • Apr. 7: National No Housework Day
  • Apr. 17: Blah, Blah, Blah Day
  • Apr. 21: Go Fly a Kite Day
  • Apr. 26: National Richter Scale Day
  • Apr. 27: National Sense of Smell Day

April Astronomy

The Full Pink Moon

April’s full Pink Moon will rise on the night of Monday, April 26, reaching peak illumination at 11:33 P.M. ET. This full Moon is one of two supermoons this year. Learn more about April’s full Moon here.

April Moon Phases

  • Last Quarter: Apr. 4, 6:04 A.M. EDT
  • New Moon: Apr. 11, 10:32 P.M. EDT
  • First Quarter: Apr. 20, 3:00 A.M. EDT
  • Full Moon: Apr. 26, 11:33 P.M. EDT

April Weather

A cold April the barn will fill.

This month brings us some capricious weather! April rains bring verdant pastures, but also umbrellas and rain boots!

See your 5-day forecast and long-range weather forecast to plan ahead.

Recipes for the Season

Springtime brings the first crops of the season. See a few of our favorite seasonal recipes:

See all our Spring Recipe Collection using seasonal ingredients from across North America!

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Gardening

Does the warmth of spring turn your thoughts to gardening? 

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Everyday Advice

Are you daunted by the thought of a top-to-bottom spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help.

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Credit: Kazoka/Shutterstock

Birds & Fishing

Enjoy the signs of spring! 

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April Birthstone & Birth Flower

Birthstone: Diamond. Read more about diamonds!

Birth Flowers: Daisy and Sweet Pea. Read about April’s birth flowers.

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April’s Quiz

Which event did not happen in April?

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A. “Shot heard ’round the world”/Battles of Lexington and Concord

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B. Mutiny on the HMS Bounty

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C. First transcontinental railroad completed at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory 

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D. Harrowing flight of Apollo 13

See answer below!

Rhyme Time

April cold with dripping rain
Willows and lilacs brings again,
The whistle of returning birds,
And trumpet-lowing of the herds
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–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)

Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?

–Dora R. Goodale (1866–1953)

 

ANSWER TO QUIZ:  C, on May 10, 1869. (A. April 19, 1775; B. April 28, 1789; D. April 11–17, 1970)

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