Monthly Events, Holidays & Rememberances


     

  • Everybody Plays the Fool… Sometime on April 1
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “‘The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.’ So said Mark Twain about the most lighthearted of holidays. What is the origin of April Fools’ Day?” (LOC) Read about the origin of April Fools’ Day and learn about other April Fools’ material at the Library of Congress. 

  • Pesach: Passover
    Source: Tracey R. Rich
    This site offers a “discussion of the Jewish holiday of Passover, including an outline of the seder and a recipe for charoset.” (TRACEY R. RICH) Learn the meaning and traditions of Passover on this site. 

  • April 22: Earth Day
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “Earth Day was first observed in Spring of 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities out of which came the largest grassroots environmental movement in U.S. history, and the impetus for national legislation like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. By the twentieth anniversary of that event, April 22, 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations.” (LOC) Learn about the history of Earth Day. 

  • Easter Day
    Source: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
    “Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It is the commemoration of Jesus’s death and his rising from the dead, also known as the resurrection.” (BBC) Visitors to this site can learn more about this Christian holiday. 

  • Arbor Day
    Source: The National Arbor Day Foundation
    “Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April.” (NATIONAL ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION) Learn about the celebration of Arbor Day.
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