Holidays Special Days and events in Great Britain in April
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April weather in England can still be very cold. The day starts getting longer and its long weekend time on Good Friday followed by Saturday, Sunday and then Easter Monday. Many people plan their travel for these days much in advance.
Here are some of the Holidays Special Days and Events
April Fool’s Day
April Fool’s Day is celebrated throughout Great Britain. The only difference between the event here and other places around the world is that the joke must be done before noon or the joke is on you.
Palm Sunday is a Christian holiday that celebrates the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem. This day marks the beginning of Holy Week and is observed by worshiping and parades with participates using palm branches.
The Queen’s birthday is celebrated on April 21. The tradition in Great Britain is to fire cannons as well as other celebrations.
St George’s Day
St George’s Day is the festival to honor the Patron Saint of England. Those that participate wear a rose pinned to their jackets in remembrance on April 23.
It is the church festival of St. George, regarded as England’s national day (although not an official bank holiday). On this day some patriotic English people wear a rose pinned to their jackets.
Maundy Thursday is a Christian celebration to remember the Last Supper. Jesus met with his followers for supper before he was betrayed by Judas and captured.
Good Friday is a Christian holiday in which the crucifixion or killing of Jesus on a cross is remembered. There are different services held throughout Great Britain/
Easter is a Christian holiday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are several different services held throughout Great Britain including sunrise services, music, feasting, and parades.
The first day of Passover
Passover is a Jewish holiday that is a celebration that lasts for 8 days throughout the United Kingdom. During this period, those that follow the Jewish faith spend time with family and friends and enjoy communal meals. Passover is remembered as the time that Israelites escaped slavery and left Egypt.
Holy Saturday is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It is celebrated throughout Great Britain. It honors the day that Jesus Christ was placed in the tomb after his death.
Easter Monday is the day after Easter. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, it is known as a bank holiday.
Shakespeare Day is celebrated yearly on April 23 for those that wish to celebrate the life of William Shakespeare.
Yom HaShoah is the day set aside to commemorate the lives and heroism of Jewish faith that died from 1933 to 1945 during the Holocaust. During WWII around six million Holocaust victims died.
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