April Brings More Than Showers
April 10, 2014

April Brings More Than Showers

In the month of April, many think of the holidays and celebrations of April Fool’s Day, Passover, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, but April is a month full of many other celebrations. Let’s take a look at some of those, as Holiday Insights explains.

First of all, each week of April boasts at least one celebration.

Week 1 – Library Week & Read a Road Map Week

Week 2 – Garden Week

Week 3 – Organize Your Files Week & Medical Labs Week

Week 4 – Administrative Assistant’s Week & National Karaoke Week

So, each week allows for specific focused celebrations. Beyond the weekly fun, several days have celebrations worthy of some attention. For instance, April 2 is International Children’s Book day. This day “encourages reading, and promotes the love of books for children.” In other words, the idea is to get kids excited about reading so that love carries on throughout their lives. In conjunction with Library Week, clearly this focuses on the importance of books in our lives.

Jumping forward a few days to April 7, which is World Health Day.

“Sponsored by United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day focuses upon a different health theme each year. It is an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate.

Major activities on world health Day focus upon, awareness, education programs, and fund raising activities to help with the health issue for the year. Countries also work on resolving problems related to the theme.”

This year’s theme is “Small Bite: BIG THREAT” and focuses on vector-borne diseases, according to the World Health Organization website.

Clearly, World Health Day is all about educating and making people aware. This is crucial to a healthy, safe humanity.

On a lighter note – but no less important – on April 14 many will celebrate International Moment of Laughter Day. The focus? Get people laughing. As the Holiday Insights webpage says, “To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh. A smile is not a good enough reaction. Successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter.” So think up the silliest, stupidest joke and spread the laughter. Here is my contribution:

Why is six afraid of seven?

Because seven is a registered six offender.

You know you’re laughing at that!

Moving on, April 16 is National Stress Awareness. I have written several blogs about stress (see here, here, here, and here), so obviously stress is something I take very seriously. On April 16, educate yourselves about stress but also take a moment to recognize the stress in your lives as well as do something about it. Stress is a silent, sneaky attacker, and it is very dangerous.

Some other fun April celebrations include the following:

April 19 – National Garlic Day

April 22 – Earth Day

April 23 – World Laboratory Da

April 25 – World Penguin Day

April 26 – Richter Scale Day

April 28 – International Astronomy Day

April 30 – National Honesty Day

Plus, the month itself is one focused on different celebrations such as National Humor Month and National Lawn and Garden Month as well as some awareness focuses including Stress Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This April brings more than showers; it brings celebration, awareness, and education each day, week, and even the entire month.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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