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April

Information and webquests on April Fool's Day, Mother's Day, Easter Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, Vaisakhi, Palm Sunday and St George's Day.

April festivals

  • Festivals: April Fool's Day (1st April)

    Type: Reference material

    No one really knows where April Fool's Day comes from but it is believed to be linked to France around the Middle Ages when they changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar (the one in use today). 

  • Vaisakhi

    Type: Reference material

    This is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar and celebrates the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa. The story of the Khalsa begins with Guru Teg Behadur who disagreed with many of the Hindu teachings and was publicly beheaded by the Mughal leaders. 

  • Festivals: Palm Sunday

    Type: Reference material

    Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter and the resurrection of Jesus). During Holy Week, Christians remember the last week of Jesus' life. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem, accompanied by his disciples. He was greeted by a crowd of worshippers, who called 'hosanna' (a Hebrew term meaning 'save us') and scattered palm fronds in his path (hence the name Palm Sunday). The palm crosses also symbolize the cross on which ...

  • Festivals: Good Friday

    Type: Reference material

    Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and commemorates the day Jesus was crucified. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church when Christians remember the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. In some countries people act out the crucifixion and special processions take place.

  • Festivals: St George's Day (23rd April)

    Type: Reference material

    Very little is known about the man who became St George as many accounts of his reputation were written by his followers and became enhanced. It is now very difficult to extract historical facts from the myths.

  • Festivals: Easter Sunday

    Type: Reference material

    Following the crucifixion, Jesus' body was cut down from the cross and buried in a cave. On Easter Sunday, three women visited the tomb but Jesus' body was not there. Jesus was seen by many people on that day and the days which followed. Followers soon realized God had raised Jesus from the dead.

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