The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in April 2014. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|April Fool's Day (1st)
A day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.
|World Autism Awareness Day (2nd)
Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.
|World Health Day (7th)
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organisation in 1948.
|London Marathon (13th)
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.
Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival.
|Palm Sunday (13th)
Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd.
|First Day of Passover (14th)
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.
|Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (15th)
On the 15th of April 1912 the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg.
|Birthday of Guru Nanak (15th)
Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and was born on the 15th of April 1469 in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.
|Maundy Thursday (17th)
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper.
|Good Friday (18th)
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the Passion: the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.
|Easter Sunday (20th)
Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.§
|The Queen's Birthday (21st)
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
|Earth Day (22nd)
An annual event that aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.
|St. George's Day (23rd)
St George's Day is celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint.
|World Tapir Day (27th)
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.
| Allergy Awareness Week (28th April to 4th May)
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.
|International Dance Day (29th)
'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 (30th)
This event celebrates "the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people."
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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