Events

April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day

1st April

A day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

National Pet Month

National Pet Month

1st April to 30th April

National Pet Month raises awareness of responsible pet ownership and the benefits of having a pet.

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day

2nd April

Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

World Health Day

World Health Day

7th April

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organisation in 1948.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

9th April

Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd.

Passover

Passover

10th April to 18th April

Passover is one of the most important festivals in the Jewish year. At this time Jewish people remember how the children of Israel left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses over 3000 years ago.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

13th April

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper.

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi

13th April

Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival.

Good Friday

Good Friday

14th April

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the Passion: the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.

Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday

Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday

15th April

Leonardo da Vinci was born in the village of Vinci (in Italy) on 15th April 1452.

Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

15th April

On the 15th of April 1912 the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg.

Birthday of Guru Nanak

Birthday of Guru Nanak

15th April

Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and was born on the 15th of April 1469 in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

16th April

Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Easter Monday

Easter Monday

17th April

In the UK, Easter Monday is a bank holiday.

The Queen's Birthday

The Queen's Birthday

21st April

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.

Earth Day

Earth Day

22nd April

An annual event that aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.

Shakespeare's Birthday

Shakespeare's Birthday

23rd April

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

World Penguin Day

23rd April

World Penguin Day celebrates penguins around the world. 

London Marathon

London Marathon

23rd April

The London Marathon has been taking place since 1981. Thousands of runners take part in the event each year and many thousands more come along to watch and support them.

St. George's Day

St. George's Day

23rd April

St George's Day is celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint.

Allergy Awareness Week

Allergy Awareness Week

24th April to 30th April

How do allergies affect people? What different types of allergies are there? Find out about these issues and raise awareness of how to deal with allergies during National Allergy Week.

World Tapir Day

World Tapir Day

27th April

World Tapir Day has been established to raise awareness about the four species of tapir that inhabit Central and South America and South-East Asia.

International Dance Day

International Dance Day

29th April

'Among the goals of the Dance Day are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.'

International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day

30th April

This event celebrates "the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people."