10 April Holidays & Occasions Not To Miss

Three major religious holidays happening this month, plus April Fools' Day, Earth Day and more!

By Macaroni KID March 30, 2022

April is a time of renewal, from Ramadan to Passover to Easter. It's also the time of year for many of us when trees start to bud, snow boots make way for rain boots, and flowers begin to pop up in our yards. 

But along with those familiar rites, April also has its share of other holidays and events. Here are 10 special holidays and events your family can mark in April:

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Autism Awareness Month 

One in 59 children born in the United States is on the autism spectrum. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Want to know more about autism? Read "The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope" by Ana and Curt Warner, whose twin sons were diagnosed with autism at 5 years old. April 1-30

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

All families need help sometimes. Make the commitment in April to learn new ways to strengthen child and family well-being. Find out more from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. April 1-30

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April Fool's Day

Kids are all about April Fool's Day! Here are seven ideas for fun (and harmless!) April Fools' Day pranks to play on your kids. Have fun! But always watch your back. April 1

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Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of prayer, reflection, community, and fasting from sunrise to sunset. It is observed as a commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation and its annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan lasts about a month, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next. April 2-May 2

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National Library Week

Libraries are at the heart of our communities and schools, providing a public space where all community members can come together to connect and learn. April 3-9

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Day of Silence

The Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools, followed by Break the Silence rallies to bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive. Find more, including lessons and activities, here. April 8

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Passover, also known as Pesach — the Hebrew word for Passover — is celebrated during the spring, the time of rebirth. This holiday also celebrates social justice, freedom, and equality — very relevant concepts today. Here are eight common questions and interesting facts about Passover. April 15-23

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National Park Week

Celebrate America's treasured parks! National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, volunteer, and explore a national park near you! April 16-24

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This holiday marks the date Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. It's also a day kids look forward to because the Easter bunny visits. Check our event calendar for local events! April 17

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Earth Day

This is a great day to assess how your family impacts the environment and think about small changes you can make to help our environment. April 22