It is April 1 and a time to find out about the days off, holidays and just memorable dates of the month. And we have a wide diversity here.
10 days off this month
The second spring month will begin for Ukrainians with twenty working days and ten official days off. It is because to the fact that in 2019 several major church holidays fall for April. Due to the celebration of Easter on April 28 there will be five days off in a raw in Ukraine: from April 27 to May 1.
The official days offs are on April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30.
April Fool's Day and anniversary of Chornobyl disaster
April traditionally begins with the day of laughter or as it is also called April Fool's Day. On this day, people crack jokes and play pranks on each other.
The most common theory is that April Fool's Day originated in France. Until 1582, French people celebrated New Year in spring - from March 25 to April 1. However, after the Gregorian calendar was introduced, the New Year holidays moved to current date - January 1. Due to poor communication, this news did not reach everyone and many continued to celebrate the New Year as before. Educated citizens started to make fun of those who remained ignorant: the most popular prank was to stick the paper fish to the back of such person and make fun of him calling him Poisson d'Avril (‘April fish’).
Supposedly, this holiday came to Ukraine from Germany at the beginning of 18th century. It was called a day of lies, or Maria the Liar — one of the popular nicknames of Mary of Egypt — a saint, whose day of commemoration by the old style coincides with April 1. On this day, the girls deceived guys to manipulate future husband.
The International Children's Book Day falls on April 2.
On April 4, Ukrainians and with people of other countries will celebrate the International Internet Day.
World Health Day is on Sunday, April 7.
On April 12, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Workers of Rocket and Space Industry, as well as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
The holiday was established to honor the flight of the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first person in the world who made an orbital flight around the Earth. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin on Vostok-1 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and became the first person ever to fly to space. His flight in near-space lasted 108 minutes.
April 13 is considered the World Rock and Roll Day, and April 15 is the Universal Day of Culture.
April 18 is the Day of Radio Amateur and the International Day For Monuments and Sites.
On Tuesday, April 23, Ukrainian psychologists will celebrate their professional holiday. And April 24 is an International Secretary Day.
April 26 is one of the most tragic days in the history of Ukraine. On this day in 1986, an explosion occurred at the fourth power unit of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The accident became the largest man-made disaster in the history of atoms of peace as many people fell victim or got ill. Prypyat city, once prosperous, eventually became a ghost town.
The end of the month will be marked by a more cheerful holiday - the world will celebrate International Day of Dance on April 29.
The church calendar
This year, April is also rich on religious holidays.
On March 7 believers celebrate the Annunciation to the Blessed Mary - the third most important church holiday (after Easter and Christmas). It is marked as a memory of the good news to the Virgin Mary about her Immaculate Conception and Birth of the Son of God.
This year April 28 is the end of Great Lent and Easter holiday. The holiday is established in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, believers go to church and bless food. Some time ago, after 49-days fasting, people only blessed bread, eggs, meat, cheese and milk, but now Orthodox Christians bring everything they put on their festive table in the basket.