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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