Events - April 2016

School Library Month Begins
Fri, April 1st, 2016
National Poetry Month Begins
Fri, April 1st, 2016
April Fool's Day
Fri, April 1st, 2016
April Fool's' Day is celebrated on April 1 every year. April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated in various countries as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other called April fools. In Italy, France and Belgium, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back as a trick and shout "April fish!" in their local languages (pesce d'aprile!, poisson d'avril! and aprilvis! in Italian, French and Flemish, respectively). Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools' Day postcards.
International Children’s Book Day (Hans Christian Anderson's Birthday)
Sat, April 2nd, 2016
Earth Day
Fri, April 22nd, 2016
World Book Night
Liberation Day (Italian Holiday)
Mon, April 25th, 2016
Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) commemorating the end of WWII in Italy, is a national holiday marked by ceremonies, historic re-enactments, and celebrations. Most major sites and museums are open and many towns hold fairs, concerts, food festivals, or special events. One of the more interesting events is the Palio di Bomarzo, north of Rome (see Northern Lazio map for location). In Venice it's also the feast day of Venice's patron saint, Saint Mark, celebrated with a procession and other festivities in Saint Mark's Square.
Koningsdag (Dutch Holiday)
Wed, April 27th, 2016
Koningsdag or King's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (26 April if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt ("free market"), at which many Dutch people sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair, often dyed orange for the occasion. Koningsdag is also celebrated in Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Beltane (Irish Holiday)
Sat, April 30th, 2016
Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival, held halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. This day heralded the coming of summer, when days were long and food was plentiful. This was also the time when droves of cattle were sent to the summer pastures. As part of this practice, the cattle were driven between two bonfires as a ritual of purification. It was a dangerous time, as the sí – a supernatural race who lived under hills and mountains – were believed to be especially active at this time.