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 National & Cindy Fletcher, Macaroni Kid Vancouver Island 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 

Approximately One in 66 children children and youth in the Canada are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and this number continues to grow. In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day — many countries around the world light up their landmarks blue to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with Autism. In 2012, the Canadian Parliament passed the World Autism Awareness Day Act recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. 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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World Health Day

World Health Day seeks to raise awareness about a major global health concern selected by the World Health Organization. This day aims to increase awareness about the selected health concern and hopes to encourage countries to focus their resources on addressing it. April 7

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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 Pet Day

National Pet Day seeks to show appreciation for all the pets in the world. This day encourages people to love their pets and if possible, adopt those pets in need of a home. It advocates against animal cruelty and violence. It also highlights the importance of providing a home or shelter for unwanted pets.

National Pet Day was created in 2006 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige. April 11

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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

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Canadian Infertility Awareness Week

In 2007 Canadian Infertility Awareness Week was established to raise awareness and hope within our community. Although there is no single definition of the term infertility, it typically refers to a lack of conception after a reasonable period of sexual intercourse without contraception (one year for women who are under 35 years, 6 months for women over 35 years). Roughly 16% (or 1 in 6) couples in Canada experience infertility. This number has doubled since the 1980s. April 24-30