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April About this sound (pronunciation) is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, and one of four months with a length of 30 days. April was originally the second month of the Roman calendar, before January and February were added by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. It became the fourth month of the calendar year (the year when twelve months are displayed in order) during the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC, when it also was given 29 days. The derivation of the name (Latin Aprilis) is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the Latin aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open," which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of ἁνοιξις (opening) for spring. Since most of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to Venus, the Festum Veneris et Fortunae Virilis being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her Greek name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus.[1]

The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, The Venerable Bede says that this month is the root of the word Easter. He further speculates that the month was named after a goddess Eostre whose feast was in that month. St George's day is the twenty-third of the month; and St Mark's Eve, with its superstition that the ghosts of those who are doomed to die within the year will be seen to pass into the church, falls on the twenty-fourth. In China the symbolic ploughing of the earth by the emperor and princes of the blood takes place in their third month, which frequently corresponds to our April. The Finns called (and still call) this month Huhtikuu, or 'Burnwood Month', when the wood for beat and burn clearing of farmland was felled.

The "days of April" (journées d'avril) is a name appropriated in French history to a series of insurrections at Lyons, Paris and elsewhere, against the government of Louis Philippe in 1834, which led to violent repressive measures, and to a famous trial known as the procès d'avril.

The birthstone of April is the diamond, and the birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy or the Sweet Pea.[2]

April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years, and January in leap years.

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April holidays and events

Buddha's Birthday is celebrated in April (here is pictured the Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong)

April symbols

See also

References

  1. ^ Jacob Grim Geschichte der deutschen Sprache. Cap. "Monate"
  2. ^ Kipfer, Barbara Ann (1997) The Order of Things. New York: Random House
  3. ^ http://www.shgresources.com/gems/birthflowers/

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April is the fourth month of the year.

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  • Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
    The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertu engendred is the flour
  • Oh to be in England
    Now that April's there,
    And whoever wakes in England
    Sees, some morning, unaware,
    That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
    Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
    While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
    In England - now!
  • April, April,
    Laugh thy girlish laughter;
    Then, the moment after,
    Weep thy girlish tears!
  • Will you not come home, brother? you have been long away,
    It's April, and blossom time, and white is the spray;
    And bright is the sun, brother, and warm is the rain, -­
    Will you not come home, brother, home to us again?
  • I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills
    Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain:
    I have seen the lady April bringing the daffodils,
    Bringing the springing grass and the soft warm April rain.
  • If April showers
    Should come your way,
    They bring the flowers
    That bloom in May.
  • April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
    Winter kept us warm, covering
    Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
    A little life with dried tubers.

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Australia

  • 25th April: ANZAC Day, a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand. Dawn and morning commemorative services at war memorials and other places in both countries as well as in Gallipoli in Turkey.

Cambodia

  • Buddha's birthday: The Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing beyond life and death are all celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, on the 15th day of the 6th month of the lunar calendar - which is usually in April according to the Gregorian calendar.

Finland

  • 30th April: Vappu

France

Germany

  • 30th April: Walpurgisnacht
  • 21 April 2007: Night of Museums [1], Dusseldorf.

Jamaica

Japan

  • 29th April: Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no hi).
  • The starting day of Golden Week in Japan, an extremely popular time to travel — best avoided as transport and accommodations are often booked solid.
  • Early April: Kanamara Matsuri (金まら祭り), also known as the Iron Penis Festival, in Kawasaki, Japan
  • Early to mid-April: Cherry Blossom Festival held throughout Japan, with Kyoto and Yoshino being the best locations.

Lesotho

  • Early April: Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, [2] in Morija

Myanmar

  • Mid-April: Thingyan Water Festival

Netherlands

  • 30th April (or Saturday 29th if 30th falls on a Sunday): Queens Day.

New Zealand

  • 25th April: ANZAC Day, a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand. Dawn and morning commemorative services at war memorials and other places in both countries as well as in Gallipoli in Turkey.

South Africa

  • Early April: Tulbagh Goes Dutch, [3] in Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands
  • Mid April: National Science Festival, [4] in Grahamstown
  • 27th April: Freedom Day (Public holiday) in South Africa. In celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections in 1994.
  • Late April: Cheese Festival, [5]. Normally held on one of the cheese/wine farms surrounding Paarl
  • Late April: Olive Festival, [6] in Prince Albert
  • Late April: Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, [7] gay festival in Knysna
  • Late April: Lusito Land Festival, [8] annual fund raiser event for the Mentally and Physically Handicapped with a distinct Portuguese flavour, at Wemmer Pan in Johannesburg

Spain

  • Last week in April: Abril Feria in Seville
  • April 23rd: Autonomous Community of Castilla & Leon regional day. Is a bank holiday in the cities and provinces of: Avila, Burgos, Leon, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, Zamora.

Sweden

  • 30th April: Walpurgis Night

Thailand

  • 6th April: Chakri Memorial Day is a public holiday
  • 13-15th April: Songkran (สงกรานต์) is the Thai New Year (celebration dates are fixed, but vary slightly regionally)

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APRIL, the second month of the ancient Roman, and the fourth of the modern calendar, containing thirty days. The derivation of the name is uncertain. The traditional etymology from Lat. aperire, " to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to " open," is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of civoc,cs (opening) for spring. This seems very possible, though, as all the Roman months were named in honour of divinities, and as April was sacred to Venus, the Festum Veneris et Fortunae Virilis being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her Greek name Aphrodite. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus. On the fourth and the five following days, games (Ludi Megalenses) were celebrated in honour of Cybele; on the fifth there was the Festum Fortunae Publicae; on the tenth (?) games in the circus, and on the nineteenth equestrian combats, in honour of Ceres; on the twenty-first - which was regarded as the birthday of Rome - the Vinalia Urbana, when the wine of the previous autumn was first tasted; on the twentyfifth, the Robigalia, for the averting of mildew; and on the twenty-eighth and four following days, the riotous Floralia. The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter. St George's day is the twenty-third of the month; and St Mark's Eve, with its superstition that the ghosts of those who are doomed to die within the year will be seen to pass into the church, falls on the twenty-fourth. In China the symbolical ploughing of the earth by the emperor and princes of the blood takes place in their third month, which frequently corresponds to our April; and in Japan the feast of Dolls is celebrated in the same month. The " days of April " (journees d'avril) is a name appropriated in French history to a series of insurrections at Lyons, Paris and elsewhere, against the government of Louis Philippe in 18 34, which led to violent repressive measures, and to a famous trial known as the proces d'avril. See Chambers's Book of Days; Grimm's Geschichte der deutschen Sprache, Cap. " Monate' '; also April-Fools' Day.


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English

Etymology

Middle English apprile, re-Latinized from aueril, from Old French avrill, from Latin aprīlis (of the month of the goddess Venus), perhaps based on Etruscan Apru, from Greek Αφροδίτη (Afrodíte), Venus

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Singular
April

Plural
countable and uncountable; Aprils

April (countable and uncountable; plural Aprils)

  1. The fourth month of the Gregorian calendar, following March and preceding May. Abbreviation: Apr or Apr.
    • 1845 Robert Browning: Home-Thoughts From Abroad:
      Oh, to be in England
      Now that April's there
  2. A female given name for somebody born in April; used since early 20th century.
    • 1947 Hilda Laurence: Death of a Doll: p.27:
      I'm April Hooper. That sounds silly, the April part, but my mother was English and she always said there was nothing prettier than an English April.

Derived terms

  • Aprilesque
  • April-esquire
  • April-fish
  • April fool
  • April-gentleman
  • April-gowk
  • Aprilian

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of ailpr
  • Pilar

Ewe

Proper noun

April

  1. April

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German

Pronunciation

Noun

April m

  1. April

Genealogy

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April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, and one of four months with the length of 30 days. The month of April begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Aries and ends in the sign of Taurus. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Pisces and ends in the constellation of Aries. The signs of the zodiac do not necessarily coincide with the actual constellations for which they are named. The precession of the equinoxes, a phenomenon discovered c. 130 BC by Hipparchus and known to Ptolemy, results in a shift between the two systems of about one degree every 70 years. The vernal equinox lay near the beginning of the Aries constellation around 500 BC, consistent with a Babylonian origin of the system.

The derivation of the name (Latin Aprilis) is uncertain. The traditional etymology from the Latin aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open," is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of ἁνοιξις (opening) for spring. Since most of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to Venus, the Festum Veneris et Fortunae Virilis being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her Greek name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus.[1]

The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter. St George's day is the twenty-third of the month; and St Mark's Eve, with its superstition that the ghosts of those who are doomed to die within the year will be seen to pass into the church, falls on the twenty-fourth. In China the symbolical ploughing of the earth by the emperor and princes of the blood takes place in their third month, which frequently corresponds to our April; and in Japan the feast of Dolls is celebrated in the same month. April is known to be "National Poetry Month" The Finnish called this month Huhtikuu, or 'Burnwood Month', when the wood for beat and burn clearing of farmland was felled.

The "days of April" (journées d'avril) is a name appropriated in French history to a series of insurrections at Lyons, Paris and elsewhere, against the government of Louis Philippe in 1834, which led to violent repressive measures, and to a famous trial known as the procès d'avrill.

April was originally the second month of the Roman calendar, before January and February were added by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. It became the fourth month of the calendar year (the year when twelve months are displayed in order) during the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC, when it also was given 29 days. The Julian calendar reform of 46 BC gave April 30 days, effective in 45 BC.

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April is the fourth month of the year with 30 days. The name April comes from that Latin word aperire which means "to open". This probably refers to growing plants in spring. April begins on the same day of week as July in all years and also January in leap years.

April's flower is the Sweet Pea. Its birthstone is the Diamond. The meaning of the Diamond is Innocence.

April in poetry

Poets use April to mean the end of winter. For example: April showers bring May flowers.

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