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
- April 1 is All Fools’ Day—otherwise known as “April Fools’ Day.” Where did this silly day come from?
- April 8 marks the start of Passover (beginning at sundown). What is Passover?
- April 10 is Good Friday. Learn more about Good Friday.
- April 12 is Easter Sunday. (April 19 is Orthodox Easter.) Did you know that Easter’s date is related to the full Moon?
- April 22 is Earth Day. To celebrate, see some Earth Day ideas and activities.
- April 23 marks the start of Ramadan (beginning at sundown).
- April 24 is National Arbor Day. Find out who started Arbor Day and how we observe this day honoring trees.
- April 24 is also the birthday of Robert B. Thomas, the founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!
“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
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
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!
Recipes for the Season
Springtime brings the first crops of the season. See a few of our favorite seasonal recipes:
- 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!
Does the warmth of spring turn your thoughts to gardening?
- Monthly Gardening Jobs
- Make a Container Gardening Planter
- Plant Guides to Roses, Flowers, and Shrubs
- Plant Guides to Vegetable, Herbs, Fruit
- Starting Your Garden
Are you daunted by the thought of a top-to-bottom spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help.
Birds & Fishing
Enjoy the signs of spring!
April Birthstone & Birth Flower
Birthstone: Diamond. Read more about diamonds!
Birth Flowers: Daisy and Sweet Pea. Read about April’s birth flowers.
Which event did not happen in April?
A. “Shot heard ’round the world”/Battles of Lexington and Concord
B. Mutiny on the HMS Bounty
C. First transcontinental railroad completed at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory
D. Harrowing flight of Apollo 13
See answer below!
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)