The Month of April 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore

Everything You Should Know About April!

March 12, 2020
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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 begin to grow now. Read more about how the months got their names.

Noteworthy Dates in April 2020

Planting a tree

“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: The Biggest & Brightest Supermoon of 2020

April’s full Pink Moon will rise on the night of Tuesday, April 7, reaching peak illumination at 10:35 P.M. ET. This full Moon, which is the first full Moon of the spring season, is both a supermoon and the Paschal Full Moon! Learn more about April’s full Moon here.

April Moon Phases

First Quarter: Apr. 1, at 6:21 A.M. EDT
Full Pink Moon: Apr. 7, at 10:35 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: Apr. 14, at 6:56 P.M. EDT
New Moon: Apr. 22, at 10:26 P.M. EDT
First Quarter: Apr. 30, at 4:38 P.M. EDT

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 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
.
–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.

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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.

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Good to see this category back!

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

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