Important Days And Dates In April 2024
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:
1st April 2024, Saturday, Bank’s Holiday
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.
On April 1st, all banks in India remain closed in all states except in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Meghalaya.
9th April 2024, Tuesday
Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand and Chaitra Navratri
According to the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi and Cheti Chand are observed on the first day of Chaitra month, marking the new year of Hindus.
Gudi Padwa marks the start of the Marathi and Konkani new year, followed in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. Ugadi, the South Indian festival, is observed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa. Cheti Chand signifies the Sindhi new year.
On the other hand, Chaitra Navratri also marks the new year, celebrated for nine days to worship goddess Durga and her nine deities. It is observed during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar, also known as Vasanta Navratri.
11-12th April 2024, Gangaur (Gauri Puja)
Gangaur, is a Hindu festival signifying the devotion and worship of Gauri or Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. It is one of the biggest festivals in Rajasthan and is also followed in Gujarat and West Bengal.
This festival also symbolises spring, harvest, marital fidelity and childbearing. This festival is observed by both married and unmarried women. Unmarried women do it for the blessing of a good husband, and married women do Gangaur for welfare, health, the long life of their husbands, and a happy married life.
11th April 2024, Thursday, Eid-Ul-Fitr
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 11th April 2024, Thursday.
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.
13th April 2024, Saturday, Baisakhi
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is celebrated with great zeal and excitement in Punjab. It will be celebrated on Saturday, 13 April 2024. 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.
14th April 2024, Sunday, Solar New Year
Solar new year is one of the most awaited festivals of Hindus. It is the celebration of the New Year as per the 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 Sunday, April 14, 2024. 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.
14th April 2024, Sunday, Ambedkar Jayanti
Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is also universally known as the 'Father of the Indian Constitution', as 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.
23rd April, 2024, Tuesday, Hanuman Jayanti
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 23rd April 2024, Tuesday.
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.
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