Arbor Day is a state holiday celebrated each year on last Friday in April. It is customary to observe the day by planting a tree. It is estimated that one million trees were planted in the United States on the first Arbor Day April 10, 1872. This year Arbor Day falls on April 24th.
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Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. The brainchild of environmentally-conscious Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was first observed in 1970. Nelson’s intention was that Earth Day be observed through nationwide “teach-ins” on college campuses. Instead of focusing on the Vietnam War, however, theses teach-ins focused on the threats facing the environment. The 1970 event was celebrated across the country and was wildly successful. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 175 countries throughout the world.
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Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord which occurred on April 19th 1775 and initiated the Revolutionary War with Britain. Patriots’ Day was first celebrated in 1894 and until 1969 was marked on April 19th. Since then it has been celebrated on the third Monday of April. In Massachusetts, the holiday is observed with battle reenactments, the running of the Boston Marathon, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and the start of school vacation week.
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The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation.
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Easter is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar. Easter is celebrated on different dates by Western and Eastern Orthodox churches, because the Eastern Orthodox churches calculate the date based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, Western churches will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 5, 2015. Eastern Orthodox churches will celebrate Easter on April 12, 2015.
Happy Easter to all!
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Jewish Year 5775: Sunset April 3 – Nightfall April 11, 2015
Passover is an eight day Jewish holiday that celebrates the delivery of the Jews from bondage in Egypt. It is observed on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan.
Passover is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar.
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