The Old Farmer’s Almanac for April 2nd: THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

 

THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

FOOD, FOLKLORE & FUN

April 2019 is the first full month of spring! 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, folklore, and a quiz!

This month’s name came from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants begin to grow now.

Birthstone: Diamond.

Birth Month Flowers: Daisy and Sweet Pea.

Spring festivals celebrate the season’s renewal of life.

  • April 1 is All Fools’ Day.
  • April 19 is Passover (beginning at sundown).
  • April 21 is Easter Sunday. (April 28 is Orthodox Easter.)
  • April 22 is Earth Day. To celebrate, see some
  • April 24 is the birthday of Robert B. Thomas, the founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!
  • April 26 is National Arbor Day. Find out who started Arbor Day and how we observe this day honoring trees.

WACKY 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 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!

GARDENING

Does the warmth of spring turn you thoughts to gardening? It does ours!
Monthly Gardening Jobs
Make a Container Gardening Planter
Plant Guides to Roses, Flowers, and Shrubs
Plant Guides to Vegetable, Herbs, Fruit 
Starting Your Garden

EVERYDAY ADVICE

Are you daunted by the thought of a top-to-bottom spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help.
Make Your Own Cleaners
Homemade Cleaners for Carpet, Floor, Glass, Drains
Fix House Problems

BIRDS & FISHING

Enjoy the signs of spring!
Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat
Listen to Bird Sounds
Best Fishing Days for April

EYE ON THE SKY

Moon Phases for April 2019

New Moon: April 5, at 4:50 a.m. EDT
First Quarter: April 12, at 3:06 p.m. EDT
Full Pink Moon: April 19, at 7:12 a.m. EDT
Last Quarter: April 26, at 6:18 p.m. EDT

See what’s special about the Full Moon for April.

APRIL’S QUIZ

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!

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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