The Month of April 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore

Food, Folklore & Fun

March 26, 2019
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April 2019 is the first full month of spring! 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, folklore, and a quiz!

April Calendar

This month’s name came from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants begin to grow now.

Birthstone: Diamond. Read more about diamonds!

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

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Spring festivals celebrate the season’s renewal of life.

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Wacky 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

Note: We do not post “month” themes, only calendar days.
See our monthly calendar page for more holidays and events.

April Weather

A cold April, the bar will fill.

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

See your 7-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 recipes below:
Cream of Fiddlehead Soup
Spring Vegetable Salad
Sorrel Linguine With Spring Peas, Green Garlic, and Fresh Ricotta

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

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Gardening

Does the warmth of spring turn you thoughts to gardening? It does ours!
Monthly Gardening Jobs
Make a Container Gardening Planter
Plant Guides to Roses, Flowers, and Shrubs
Plant Guides to Vegetable, Herbs, Fruit
Starting Your Garden

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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.
Make Your Own Cleaners
Homemade Cleaners for Carpet, Floor, Glass, Drains
Fix House Problems

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Credit: Kazoka/Shutterstock

Birds & Fishing

Enjoy the signs of spring! 
Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat
Listen to Bird Sounds
Best Fishing Days for April

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Eye on the Sky

Moon Phases for April 2019

New Moon: April 5, at 4:50 a.m. EDT
First Quarter: April 12, at 3:06 p.m. EDT
Full Pink Moon: April 19, at 7:12 a.m. EDT
Last Quarter: April 26, at 6:18 p.m. EDT

See what’s special about the Full Moon for April.

    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
    .
    –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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    A cold April, the bar will fill

    Thanks for a good chuckle. While I believe the saying is "A cold April, the barn will fill", I can picture the owners of local watering holes checking the Almanac for upcoming cold days and getting their stock ready for the influx of chilly patrons.

    I rather like the updated version.

    Love OFA

    It makes me so happy to read Old Farmer's Almanac. Thank you!!

    Thank YOU!

    for taking a moment to let us know! We appreciate YOU—and that’s no foolin!

    Thanks.

    Great information. I really love The Old Farmer's Almanac.

    You made our day!

    Today and every day! Thank you, Chris!

    You have packed so much into

    You have packed so much into this site. It is really wonderful to read all of the topics each month. Thank you for sharing all of your insight. We will definitely be back to see more in the future.

    Good to see this category

    Good to see this category back!

    I like that the topics are focused on a monthly collection.

    Thank you!