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April Folklore, Feline Holidays/Events for Cat Lovers

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April Folklore, Feline Holidays/Events for Cat Lovers by Layla Morgan Wilde

I’ve been having fun making video collages with the Shuffles App from Pinterest!

 

Every year the feline holidays list gets longer and this year is no exception. As always, I like to add anything cat lovers might enjoy for social media photo ops with their cats. There is something almost every day of the month and some days have several events.

This year I’m adding some fun facts and folklore about the month of April, but let’s start with a few famous quotes.

  1. “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” – Hal Borland
  2. “April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.” – Christopher Morley
  3. “April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  4. “April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden.” – Marty Rubin
  5. “April showers bring May flowers.” – Unknown
  6. “The April winds are magical and bring the scent of fresh beginnings.” – Unknown
  7. “April is the month of blooming and blossoming, a time to enjoy the beauty of nature.” – Unknown
  8. “April is a month of sudden and delightful changes.” – Unknown
  9. “April is the month when the trees start to bud, the flowers start to bloom, and hope springs eternal.” – Unknown

And because April is National Poetry Month I had to include a snippet of my favorite poem about April.

โ€œApril is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.โ€

โ€• T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

The month of April is named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who was the goddess of love and beauty. The name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis, which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning โ€œto openโ€โ€”which could be a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees in springtime.

  1. April has been traditionally associated with fertility and renewal, as it marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. In many cultures, April is seen as a month of transformation and new beginnings. For example, in Japan, April marks the beginning of the fiscal year and the start of the school year.
  3. In Celtic folklore, the month of April was associated with the goddess Eostre, who was the goddess of spring and rebirth. This is where the name “Easter” comes from.
  4. In some parts of the world, April is considered to be an unlucky month. For example, in Italy, April is known as “Il mese di dolore” (the month of pain) and is traditionally associated with bad luck and misfortune.
  5. April 1st is celebrated as April Fools’ Day in many parts of the world. The origins of this tradition are unclear, but it is believed to have started in France in the 16th century.
  6. In many parts of Europe, April was traditionally a month of fasting and abstinence. This was seen as a way to cleanse the body and prepare for the warmer months ahead.
  7. In some parts of the United States, April is known as “Tornado Month” because it is the peak season for tornadoes in the Midwest.
  8. According to English folklore, it is unlucky to marry in April. The saying goes, “Marry in April, if you can, joy for maiden and for man; but marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.”
  9. In Hindu mythology, the festival of Vishu is celebrated in the month of April. This festival marks the beginning of the astrological new year and is associated with prosperity and good fortune.

APRIL FELINE HOLIDAYS & EVENTS FOR CAT LOVERS

April cat holidays collage

Month & Week-Long events in April

Heartworm Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid

April 17-23: National Pet ID Week (observed annually for 7 days beginning on April 17th)

ASPCA be kind to animals

April 17-23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (observed the third week in April) Formerly Be Kind To Animals Week (then and now)

 

poisson d'avril

April 1: April Foolโ€™s Day or Poisson Dโ€™Avril

Every year I love to do some fun fooling because cats seem to love it too.

april fool cat

April 5: Full Moon in Libra. If you’re into astrology, this pink moon is significant. The link is a YouTube video from a favorite astrologer.

Passover begins at sunset. Odin is somewhat observant.

Passover_cat

April 6: National Siamese Cat Day.

A fairly new holiday started in 2014. My beloved OTRB meezers Coco and Merlin are still celebrated.

merlin and coco Siamese cats

April 9: Easter Sunday. Always a new Easter post every year.

Purrfect Easter cat and egg basket

April 11: National Pet Day

national pet day

April 13: Passover ends

April 17: Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day &

National Haiku Poetry Day. Many cat lovers like writing kitty haiku. Here is one of mine. Perhaps I’ll post some more on that day.

Purring ball of fur,

Graceful hunter of the night,

Cat, a quiet friend

April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day (a new holiday which advocates taking a day off. I think most cats would approve.)

April 19: National Cat Lady Day. I’d like to expand it to Cat Mom Day. I’ll probably do a fun post this year.

cat lady day

April 20: New Moon in Taurus Aries season ends and hello, Sun in Taurus season. Find out what it means for you

April 21: Mercury Retrograde begins. Yes, again and it’s not all bad.

April 22: Earth Day. Always a favorite around here.

earth day cats

Ramadan ends.

April 26 Kids and Pets Day. A new holiday and worth instilling pet love and responsibility for children.

national kids with pets day

April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day

April 28: Hairball Awareness Day (observed the last Friday in April) & Arbor Day

hairball awareness day

April 29: World Veterinary Day (observed the last Saturday in April)

world veterinary adopt shelter pet day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: National Pet Parents Day (observed the last Sunday in April) a new holiday.

April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

national therapy animal day

April 30: National Tabby Day

national tabby day

Do you have a favorite holiday? Is there a April Feline Holidays/Events for Cat Lovers thing I missed?with bonus fun facts, quotes and folklore about the month of April.Did March go out like a lion or a lamb where you live?

I hope April is a good month for you!

xo, Layla and Odin

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