Daily Archive for April 1st, 2015

April is here!

In the past, April was considered to be the second month in the early Roman calendar, but then it became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis. The name may come from a word meanting ‘to open’, or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.

Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.

In our side of the world, it’s planting time. In other parts, it’s the harvest season.  Spring cleaning starts and people start staying more outside again.

Special days celebrated in April begin with the first day of April, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another. Easter is celebrated almost always in April. With it comes the other Christian celebrations of  Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus making it the most important Christian festival of the year. On the third day, Christ’ tomb was empty, he arose, and people talked with him. Christians believe his resurrection means that they too will some day receive a new life after death.

The holiday can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, since it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring.