April is the fourth month of the year and the first month with 30 days of the year. April is the month of the Spring in the Northern hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern hemisphere.
The word April is derived from the Latin word aperio, which means “to open”, and this month is also said that new plants begin to grow. Apart from this, April also brings a few official holidays, let's check out what those holidays are:
Bank’s Holiday- A Bank Holiday is basically an official holiday in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Crown Dependencies. This day signifies that all the banking institutions will be closed for any business for a day.
This holiday refers to all the public holidays in the UK whether it is mentioned in the statute, announced by royal proclamation or held by convention under common law.
It is an auspicious festival of the Hindus and is celebrated mostly by the devotees of Lord Hanuman. This festival is observed on the 15th day of Chaitra Purnima (full moon day) as per as Hindu calendar. This year it will be celebrated on 6th April 2023, Thursday.
Hanuman Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of one of the strongest deities, Lord Hanuman. He is a great follower of Lord Rama and an incarnation of the 11th avatar of Lord Shiva. He is the son of mata Anjana and Kesari.
The word Jayanti is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Jaya' and 'Anta', which means victory over evil in the end. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated all over the country, but every state has its own variation of celebrating this day.
On this day, devotees start the day with a holy bath, followed by several rituals, chanting Hanuman mantras, and visiting temples before the sun sets. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with full pomp and love by the devotees.
Solar year is one of the most awaited festivals of Hindus. It is the celebration of the New year as per as Hindu calendar. This festival is also known as Mesha Sankranti because after completing the first transit from Aries to Pisces, the Sun starts its transit again from the first sign Aries (fire) or Mesha Rashi.
Solar New Year will be celebrated this year on Friday, April 14, 2023. Although this festival is celebrated all over India, it is known by different names as well as celebrated with variations.
On this day, people take a holy bath, offer water to the Sun God, perform various rituals, chant mantras and much more. People believe that on this day, the Surya Dev removes all the darkness from life and fills it with brightness.
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is celebrated with great zeal and excitement in Punjab. It will be celebrated on Friday, 14 April 2023. This festival marks the new year for the Sikhs and the new harvest of the rabi crop.
It is said that on this day, Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation of the Khalsa Panth, and hence the day is also known as the 'Birth of the Khalsa'. On Baisakhi, people take a holy bath, wear new clothes and make delicious dishes.
Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who is also universally known as the 'Father of the Indian Constitution', as he was the man behind the new Constitution of India.
Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is a day to pay homage to the 'Father of the Constitution of India', Dr BR Ambedkar. He was born on 14 April 1891, and hence Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated every year on this day.
Ambedkar was a lawyer, Philosopher and Social Reformer. Ambedkar Jayanti was first celebrated in Pune on April 14, 1928, by Janardan Sadashiv Ranpisai, a great follower of Ambedkar.
In many institutions, this day is celebrated with many events as well as the President, PM and famous political personalities also pay tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar. Dr Bhimrao Ramji is known for his many movements and contributions to India.
This is the festival of Hindus and Jains, which is celebrated all over India. Akshaya Tritiya is also known as Akti or Akha Teej, and many gods and goddesses are worshipped.
The word Akshaya Tritiya is derived from Sanskrit, where Akshay means “never decreasing” and Trititya means “third phase of the moon”. The festival is celebrated on the third day of Vaisakh (April/May) as per the Hindu calendar.
So this year, this festival will be celebrated on Saturday, 22 April 2023. In Akshaya Tritiya, devotees start the day with a holy bath, keeping fast and followed by many rituals. Akshaya Trituya marks generosity, love and unity among the people.
It is an auspicious festival in Islam that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first 3 days of Shawwal according to the Islamic calendar. Hence, this year it will be celebrated on 22 April 2023, a Saturday.
It is believed that on this day, the Holy Qur'an was first presented to a religious leader Prophet Muhammad. On this day, Muslims celebrate the day with lip-smacking dishes, decorating the house, exchanging gifts and greeting each other.
The best places to see Eid-ul-Fitr are Hazratbal Masjid, Masjid-e-Khadriya, Haji Ali Dargah and a few more.
This festival marks the birth anniversary of Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Rama. Sita Navami is also known as Janaki Navami as goddess Sita was the adopted daughter of king Janak of Mithila.
It is celebrated on the 9th day of Shukla Paksha (Waxing Moon) according to the Hindu calendar. This year Sita Navami will be observed on Saturday, 29 April 2023.
A fun fact is that Sita Navami falls exactly 1 month after Ram Navami. The day is celebrated mostly by married women who observe a strict fast to get blessed with a happy married life and the long life of their husbands.
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