This month’s reasons to celebrate!
We’re back yet again with a jam-packed month of national celebrations. You truly will be spoilt for choice.
Over to you Victoria ……
If you were to ask your children what they associate with April, two weeks off school and limitless chocolate eggs would probably be high on their agenda.
However if you’re looking for excuses to tear them away from the TV, this month has plenty in terms of National Days.
To get you started, April is Garden, Decorating, Couple Appreciation, Poetry, Straw Hat and Jazz Appreciation Month.
Which will you be celebrating?
Tuesday 1st April
Batman Day: Celebrate the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance by going about your daily duties dressed up in full memorabilia.
Reading Is Funny Day: Trying to persuade children that reading is fun can be difficult, so buy them a joke book or impress them with riddles.
Fun At Work Day: Dress up silly, get the fancy dress out and have a laugh.
Sourdough Bread Day: There’s nothing better than fresh homemade bread, so why not try your hand at baking a batch of Sourdough?
Atheist Day: Related to a spoof story that went viral in 2003, gaining irony from the fact that it shares its national day with April fool’s Day.
Wednesday 2nd April
Reconciliation Day: An annual holiday celebrating black and white South Africans bonding.
Ferret Day: A strange animal to lend a day of celebration to.
Children’s Book Day: On the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, children are encouraged to pick up a book and enjoy reading.
Thursday 3rd April
Mule Day: This is celebrated with events loosely based around the animal and suitable for all the family.
World Party Day: An international celebration of everything that it is good in the world.
Find A Rainbow Day: With all those April showers, this should be a fun task to partake in.
Fish Fingers and Custard Day: WHAT? You don’t actually have to eat this. For all Doctor Who lovers, this is to mark the second anniversary of Matt Smith’s Fish Fingers and Custard scene.
Tweed Day: We all know that certain tweed person, but today is time to embrace the ‘trend’ for ourselves.
Friday 4th April
Walk To Work Day: It’s good for your body and also the environment.
World Rat Day: Fun fact- rats aren’t actually dirty, it’s only a myth!
Vitamin C Day: Grab an orange or two.
Deep Dish Pizza Day: Now to decide which toppings to choose…
Saturday 5th April
Tangible Karma Day: Those celebrating are urged to de-clutter their lives and give to those less fortunate.
Pillow Fight Day: If you’re sick of fighting the same duvet hogger, why not take part in an organised pillow fight event? Yes, they really do exist.
Sunday 6th April
Tartan Day: Embrace your inner Scot.
Army Day: Appreciate the army – fighting for Queen and country.
Monday 7th April
No Housework Day: No questions asked.
Beer Day: The perfect excuse for an ice cold refreshment after work. It’s okay to pick lager instead, we won’t tell if you don’t.
Beaver Day: Appreciate the loveable bucked teeth furry mammal.
Tuesday 8th April
Be Kind To Lawyers Day: Today is apparently about injecting some law based fun into your day.
Draw A Picture Of A Bird Day: Have a doodle of the birds who swarm to your garden.
Wednesday 9th April
Winston Churchill Day: Today marks the anniversary of Churchill’s status as Honorary Citizen of America.
Cherish An Antique Day: Raid your loft and garage for what you think might be old bits of tat. Chances are you’ll find something of surprising financial or sentimental value.
Thursday 10th April
Sibling Day: An honorary day for the special bond between brothers and sisters.
International Safety Pin Day: You never know when you might need one.
Friday 11th April
Pet Day: Dog, cat, lizard or cockatoo, it’s time to show your pets just how much you love them.
Day of Silence: Could you manage a whole day?
Barbershop Quartet Day: Why not form your own for the day?
Saturday 12th April
Walk On Your Wild Side Day: It’s all about doing the unexpected. Scared of heights? Then why not try a bungee jump!
Liquorice Day: Love it or hate it?
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day: Everyone is a fan of a toastie.
Sunday 13th April
Thomas Jefferson Day: A celebration of the iconic inventor’s birthday.
Scrabble Day: Nothing passes the time of day quite like a game of Scrabble.
Monday 14th April
Dolphin Day: To raise awareness for the severity of dolphin hunting with the aim to put a stop to it.
Look Up at the Sky Day: What shapes can you see in the clouds?
Tuesday 15th April
One Day Without Shoes Day: Could you go a whole day without wearing shoes? Thousands of children in developing countries have no choice but to do it every day.
Library Workers Day: Say thank you to your local librarian for their helpful service.
Take A Wild Guess Day: Don’t you just love that feeling of being a genius when you guess the answer to a question and get it right? Today is all about embracing that. Celebrate by putting a bet on a low odds race.
That Sucks Day: Held on the same day as the sinking of the titanic and and income tax pay day, it’s not surprising that today sucks.
Bicycle Day: Is yours sitting in the garage in a thick layer of dust? It’s time to get it out again.
Wednesday 16th April
Eggs Benedict Day: An excuse to have posh eggs on toast.
Bookmobile Day: A common sight at schools across the country, a mobile library can be a great thing for children. Why not find out where your local one will be?
Save The Elephant Day: Putting a stop to ivory poaching and the trafficking of these beautiful animals is a very good cause.
Thursday 17th April
Nothing Like a Dame Day: A celebration of the traditional pantomime dame. This calls for one thing: putting makeup on your other half.
Blah Blah Blah Day: Sick of hearing the same old criticism from friends or family? It’s acceptable to put your fingers in your ears and block it all out today.
Kickball Day: A combination of football and baseball, this fun game dates back to the 1900s.
Ford Mustang Day: The Ford Mustang was first introduced on this day in 1964.
Bat Appreciation Day: Most of us see them as freaky rodents that hang from the ceiling but bats have amazing talents including pest control as they are responsible for keeping mosquitos away.
Poem In Your Pocket Day: Set your children the fun task of creating their own poem that they can carry with them to impress their friends.
Haiku Poetry Day: Haiku poems originate from Japan are short and abide by a strict syllable pattern.
Friday 18th April
Wear Your Pyjamas To Work Day: This would just be bliss.
High Five Day: Surprisingly, this isn’t about the hand gesture, but actually about raising awareness for cancer. As two in five people will be affected by it at some point in their lives, so raise money by having a sponsored high five competition.
Columnists Day: Celebrating the journalists responsible for sourcing and writing articles for our local press.
Amateur Radio Day: A celebration of the start of the International Amateur Radio Union in 1925.
Pet Owners Independence Day: A hypothetical holiday where we swap lives with our pets for one day. The idea is that we stay home all day napping and chewing the carpet while our cats and dogs go to work for us. If only…
Saturday 19th April
Record Store Day: It may be an old fashioned concept now but today is all about commemorating the humble record store.
Garlic Day: You’ll be needing plenty of mouthwash tomorrow…
Hanging Out Day: Hang out your washing on the line instead of using the tumble drier in order to do your bit for the environment.
Auctioneers Day: Put the kettle on and settle down with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal.
Sunday 20th April
Easter: It’s happened every year since you can remember, so I don’t think this one needs explaining.
Chinese Language Day: Try your hand at Mandarin, even if it is to order your weekend takeaway.
Monday 21st April
Kindergarten Day: The birthday of Friedrich Froebe who opened the first kindergarten in Germany in 1837.
Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day: Hug a bulldog and show it just how beautiful it is.
Tuesday 22nd April
Jelly Bean Day: You can’t surely have tried all 50 flavours?
Earth Day: Spend Earth Day exploring environmental issues to preserve our planet for generations to come.
Wednesday 23rd April
Administrative Professionals Day: They spend their lives organising us. Where would you be without your resident photocopier?
World Book Night: Turn off the television and get lost in a good book instead.
International Marconi Day: Held to celebrate the career of Guglielmo Marconi who established Italian wireless.
Talk Like Shakespeare Day: Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday by embracing his Old English terminology for the whole day.
Thursday 24th April
Teach Your Children To Save Day: Set them up for life by teaching them how to start saving money now. A simple piggy bank that they can put their unspent pocket money in is a good starting point.
Pig In A Blanket Day: No, not an actual pig wearing a blanket, as cute as that would be. This day refers to the festive roast dinner accompaniment of pigs in blankets.
Friday 25th April
Malaria Day: an international day of awareness to help put a complete stop to this terrible disease in the future.
Hug A Plumber Day: If you’ve ever been without hot water for more than one day, you’ll truly appreciate the work of a plumber in getting it back up and running.
Hairball Awareness Day: A day for pampering and grooming our pets to relieve them of the dreaded hairball.
DNA Day: The anniversary of the completion of The Human Genome Project in 2003.
Saturday 26th April
Hug An Australian Day: Any excuse for a round the world trip?
World Veterinarian Day: They make our poorly pets better and totally deserve a full 24 hours of appreciation.
Pretzel Day: Sweet or savoury?
Dance Day: Whether you’re a professional or amateur, today its time to lose your inhibitions and dance to your heart’s content.
Richter Scale Day: Celebrating everything about the Richter Scale on the birthday of the man responsible for creating it- Charles F Richter.
Sense Of Smell Day: Can you imagine having no sense of smell whatsoever?
Save The Frogs Day: Raising awareness for the declining number of these funny looking amphibians.
Sunday 27th April
Tell A Story Day: To encourage story telling everywhere.
Morse Code Day: Held on the birthday of the inventor, Samuel Morse.
Pinhole Photography Day: Put away your digital camera, and experiment by making your very own pinhole camera.
Prime Rib Day: Is there anything better than steak and chips?
Monday 28th April
Cubicle Day: No, not a toilet cubicle, an office cubicle! Today is about customising your office and making it your own.
Blueberry Pie Day: Tasty and good for you as blueberries contain antioxidants
International Astronomy Day: Celebrate with a spot of stargazing.
Workers’ Memorial Day: A commemoration for all who have lost their life while working and a campaign to make safer working conditions.
Biological Clock Day: Our biological clocks are very clever and amongst many things, they tell us when to wake up and when we need to eat. If you’ve had one too many late nights, take this opportunity to sort your sleeping pattern out.
Tuesday 29th April
International Dance Day: Getting everyone around the world dancing since 1982.
World Wish Day: This dates back to 1980 when Leukaemia sufferer Chris Greicius wished to become a police officer. The seven year old was granted his wish and worked with the police force for 24 hours. This prompted the formation of the Make A Wish charity.
Zipper Day: They keep the cold out on our jackets and secure our handbags, so show them a little appreciation.
Wednesday 30th April
International Guide Dogs Day: They are caring, loyal and loving and their work is admired by everyone.
International Jazz Day: A whole day of jazz events and festivals.
Honesty Day: Tell the truth, it’s as simple as that.
Oatmeal Cookie Day: This is regarded as the healthiest type of cookie, so all the reason to eat more than one.
Now, I’ll be utterly amazed if your children complain of being bored this month!
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National Days February
National Days December
National Days November
National Days October
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