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Saturday, April 4, 2015

April trivia

Since it has been fun having my blog as a source of info for last month...as posted from Wikipedia the source of all knowing and trivial information...here's April trivia, from the same source.

Rabbit rabbit, or White Rabbit...sayings that imply good luck for the new beginning...another Celtic-based practice that several of my friends have reintroduced into modern life at the beginning of each month.

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis[1] but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open", which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of ἁνοιξις (anoixis) (opening) for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru.

The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath. The Venerable Bede says in The Reckoning of Time that this month Eostur is the root of the word Easter. He further states that the month was named after a goddess Eostre whose feast was in that month




Buddha's Birthday is celebrated in April (here is pictured the Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong)

Movable observances

Fixed observances

April symbols

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