Sunday, April 1, 2012

On the Agenda for April 2012...


Season:  Spring

Zodiac Signs:  Aries & Taurus

Flowers of the Month:  Daisy, Sweet Pea

Birthstones:  Diamond or White Sapphire

April Holidays, Observances + Events

4/1  April Fools' Day
4/1  Palm Sunday  (Western Christianity)
4/1  Daylight Savings Time ends in Australia & New Zealand
4/1  First Day of Fiscal Year & School Year in Japan
4/2  World Autism Day
4/5  Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday (Western Christianity: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian & other denominations) [Public Holiday in: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, regions of Spain, Colombia, the Philippines & Paraguay]
4/5  End of Tax Year (UK)
4/6  Good Friday  (Western Christianity: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Methodist, other Protestants & non-denominatinals) [Public/Federal Holiday in: Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, some other Caribbean countries, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, UK, Venezuela, some US states, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Norway, S.Africa]
4/6  Bank Holiday (UK)
4/6-4/14  Passover {begins @ sundown 4/6  until sunset on 4/14}  (Judaism)
4/7  Holy Saturday / Black Saturday / Easter Eve (Western Christianity: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal)
4/7  International Day for Reflection on the Rwanda Genocide
4/7  UN World Health Day
4/8  Easter  (Western Christianity) [Public Holiday in: Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden]
4/8  International Day for the Roma
4/8  Buddha's Birthday (Mahayana Buddhism: Japan)
4/9  Easter Monday / Holy Monday / Dingus Day / Wet Monday (Western Christianity; countries in North America, the Caribbean, Central + South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania & Hong Kong)
4/9  Bank Holiday (UK)
4/12  International Day for Street Children
4/12  International Day for Human Space Flight
4/12  Great + Holy / Maundy / Holy Thursday (Eastern Christianity)
4/13  Thai / Lao / Burmese / Khmer New Year (Thailand, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Punjabi, Tamil, parts of China & Southeast Asia)
4/13  Holy + Great Friday (Eastern Christianity: Eastern Orthodox)
4/14  Holy + Great Saturday / Joyous Saturday / The Great Sabbath (Eastern Christianity: Eastern Orthodox, Coptic, Eritrean + Ethiopian Orthodox)
4/15  Easter / Pascha (Eastern Christianity)
4/16  Easter Monday / Bright Monday / Renewal Monday (Eastern Christianity; Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine)
4/16  Birthday of Pope Benedict XVI (Roman Catholic)
4/16  Feast of Saint Bernadette Soubirous  (Roman Catholic)
4/16  Emancipation Day (Washington DC, USA)
4/16  National Healthcare Decisions Day (USA)
4/16  Boston Marathon (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
4/17  World Hemophilia Day
4/17  Tax Day (USA)
4/19  Yom Hashoah / Holocaust Remembrance Day {begins @ sundown on 4/18/12} (Judaism/Israel/Jewish communities)
4/20  4:20 Day
4/21  World Day for Creativity + Innovation
4/21  National Tree Planting Day in Kenya
4/22  London Marathon (London, England, UK)
4/22  Earth Day
4/23  Feast of Saint George (Gregorian Calendar/Roman Catholic, Anglican) (England, Canada, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bosnia + Herzegovina, Macedonia; parts of: Syria, Spain, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Lebanon, Canada & Malta)
4/23  St. George's Day / England's National Day / Announcement of Garter Knights
4/25  Administrative Professionals Day  (USA)
4/25  Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox)
4/25  ANZAC Day  (Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue & Tonga)
4/25  World Malaria Day
4/25  Arbor Day in Germany
4/26  World Intellectual Property Day
4/26  Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day (USA)
4/27  Freedom Day (South Africa)
4/27  Arbor Day (USA)
4/28  International Workers Memorial Day
4/29  Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena (1597-1628; 1969-present; Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran)
4/29  World Dance Day
4/29  Showa Day (Japan)
4/30  Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena (1628-1969; Roman Catholic)
4/30  Feast of Saint James the Greater (Eastern Christianity following Gregorian Calendar)
4/30  Queen's Day / Koninginnedag (Netherlands)
4/30  Walpurgisnacht / Walpurgis Night (Czech Republic, Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden)
4/30  Children's Day  (Mexico)

Month-long Observances:

Jazz Appreciation Month (USA); National Poetry Month (USA); National Poetry Writing Month (USA + Canada); National Arab American Heritage Month (USA); National Child Abuse Prevention Month (USA); Baseball season begins (MLB)


April 3  Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia host Diplomatic Reception at the Royal Palace

April 5  UK: Royal Maundy Service - Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh & Princess Beatrice of York attend the Maundy Service in York Minster

April 6  Thailand: Chakri Memorial Day

April 8  Easter Sunday ~ photos usually from Spain, Norway & the UK

April 9  Thailand: Funeral of Princess Bejaratana (d.July 2011) at Sanam Luang

April 10-15  Belgium: Princess Astrid visits Singapore (Apr.10-12) & Indonesia (Apr.12-15) as Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)

April 11  Malaysia: Installation Ceremony of King Abdul Halim & Queen Haminah at the Throne Hall of the Istana Negara Palace, Jalan Duta (attended by Malaysian rulers, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei, & other members of other Royal Families)

April 11-14  Denmark: Queen Margrethe II visits Italy

April 13  UK: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, carries out engagement in Malta

April 14-18  Norway: CPss Mette-Marit attends the Young Global Leaders meetings in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

April 15-18  UK: Princess Anne, Princess Royal, visits South Africa

April 16-18  Norway: CP Haakon attends the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2012, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

April 17-19  Netherlands:  State Visit of Turkey to the Netherlands

April 17-18  Sweden: State Visit of Finland to Sweden

April 19-21  UK: Princess Anne, Princess Royal, visits Mozambique

April 19-22  Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attend the 63rd Baden-Powell Fellowship Event in Madrid, Spain

April 19  Sweden: Princess Madeleine attends events for the commemoration of Wallenberg's memory in Washington DC, USA

April 23  Belgium: Princess Astrid visits New York, USA, for World Day Against Malaria 2012

April 23  UK: St.George's Day / England's National Day / Announcements of Garter Knights

April 24  Luxembourg: Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visit Berlin, Germany to attend the Chambre de Commerce's reception at the German Historical Museum

April 24  UK: Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Electrical + Mechanical Engineers, attends a Medals Parade in Paderborn, Germany

April 24-29  UK: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, as Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Foundation, carries out engagements in the USA (Apr.24-25 in New York, NY; Apr.26 in Philadelphia, PA; Apr.27 in Chicago, Ill.; Apr.28 in Birmingham, Alabama)

April 24  Sweden: Queen Silvia attend a Meeting for Mentor International, in London, UK

April 26-27  UK: Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh visit Wales to commemorate HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

April 29  Japan: Showa Day

April 29  Sweden: Queen Silvia attends SAP Charity Concert in Mannheim, Germany

April 29  Sweden: Princess Madeleine attends the presentation of The Opera News Awards, in New York, USA

April 30  Netherlands: Queen's Day 2012, celebrated by the Royal Family in Rhenen + Veenendaal, Utrecht


April 3:  20th Birthday of Princess Noor Pahlavi of Iran  {1992} (daughter of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran)

April 6:  5th Birthday of Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim of Jordan  {2007} [daughter of Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein of Jordan (half-brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan)]

April 9:   25th Birthday of Crown Princess Sarah of Brunei  {1987} [wife of Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei (son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei)]

April 10:  5th Birthday of Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau  {2007} [daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange (son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)]

April 12:  60th Wedding Anniversary of King-Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia & Queen Mother Monineath of Cambodia  {1952}

April 16:  20th Birthday of Prince Sebastian of Luxembourg  {1992} (son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & grandson of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg)

April 18:  40th Birthday of Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau  {1972} [wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau (nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)]

April 18:  5th Birthday of Princess Haya bint Al Hamzah of Jordan  {2007} [daughter of Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan (half-brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan)]

April 18:  5th Birthday of Prince Lerotholi Mohato Bereng Seeiso David of Lesotho  {2007} (son of King Letsie III of Lesotho)

April 19:  1st Birthday of Count Leopold of Limburg-Stirum  {2011} [son of Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (niece of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & granddaughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg)]

April 21:  5th Birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat  {2007} [daughter of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark)]

April 22:  55th Birthday of Daniel Chatto  {1957} [husband of Lady Sarah Chatto (niece of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland)]

April 27:  45th Birthday of Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange, Prince of Orange-Nassau  {1967} (son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)

April 29:  5th Birthday of Infanta Sofia of Spain  {2007} [daughter of Infante Felipe of Spain, Prince of Asturias (son of King Juan Carlos I of Spain)]

April 29:  1st Wedding Anniversary of Prince William of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge & (Catherine) The Duchess of Cambridge  {2011}

April 30:  10th Birthday of Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbon, Grandee of Spain  {2002} [son of Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (daughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain)]

** for more April Birthdays & Anniversaries, please see the column at the left and the tabs located at the top of the blog **

"April showers bring...." 

Happy Spring everyone!

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