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April Holidays

Mar 31, 2014

There are lots of cool holidays in April this year. Kidzworld has put together a list of some of the most popular holidays, so check 'em out!

Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the freeing of the Jewish slaves from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. It is a family holiday that is celebrated with special foods, songs and customs. Passover starts Monday April 14th and ends Tuesday April 22nd.

April Fools' Day - April 1st

The first day in April is always April Fools' Day, though not everyone is a fool on April 1st. Many years ago, April 1st used to be New Year's Day. Then the calendar changed but some people still celebrated the new year on the first of April. Those would be the fools. These days, it's just a day to play tricks on your pals.

Ching Ming - April 5th

It is believed that unhappy spirits wander all over the world on this day. Ching Ming or Qingming festival is a day when graves are tidied and freshened up. It's considered unlucky to do important business or have an operation on this day. Who celebrates this grave holiday? It's officially celebrated in Hong Kong and Taiwan but the holiday is popular in other Asian countries too.

Earth Day - April 22nd

Earth Day started in the United States but it has become an international holiday. People all over the world celebrate by doing something to make Earth a cleaner, better place.

ANZAC Day - April 25th

This is one of Australia's and New Zealand's most important holidays. They celebrate it like we celebrate Remembrance or Veteran's Day. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC soldiers fought for their countries and won, but even more significant than this event is that they were all volunteers, including the 8,000 who died in battle.

Arbor Day - April 25th

Arbor means tree, which makes Arbor Day a fitting name for a holiday about trees. Arbor Day is on the last Friday in April in most US states, but some places celebrate this holiday at different times of the year. Over a hundred years ago, one guy, J. Sterling Morton, changed the Nebraska prairie into the tree-covered state it is today. He used his position as the editor of Nebraska's first newspaper to encourage others to keep planting trees. On the first Arbor Day, the people of Nebraska planted over one million trees.

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What April holidays are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section below!

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