We’re already three days into April. Everyone’s grass is so beautiful and green with flower gardens blossoming everywhere here in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Spring represents new beginnings and fresh starts. Something a lot of us could use right now. April 6 begins the National Month of Hope which is all about celebrating the power of hope — the belief that things will work out, especially when it doesn’t look like they will. In times like these we all need a little hope.

But the one celebration that is foremost in most of our minds is Easter. The retailers were preparing for this day months ago, no matter where you look you see Easter baskets, bunny rabbits, and all sorts of candy everywhere.

Did you know there are 257 celebratory days this month with 45 on April 1st alone? And out of those 45; 35 are monthly celebrations? We are only making a shortlist. To see the entire list please visit Snoopy and be sure to take your butterfly net. Today is the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, National Donate Life Month, Scottish-American Heritage Month, Month of the Military Child, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Month of Hope, and National Garden Month.

Today is also Edible Book Day for all of you bookworms out there; and the beginning of National Library Week on April 2. For the consummate poets and writers, we have National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10, International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Shakespeare Day, World Book Day on April 23, and Great Poetry Reading Day on April 28. For the dessert connoisseur, there’s National Cinnamon Crescent Day on April 10, National Peach Cobbler Day on April 13, National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day on April 20, National Cherry Cheesecake Day on April 23, National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28, and National Oatmeal Cookie Day on April 30.

On a somber note let us not forget as we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week which are the preludes to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday (better known as Easter) the centerpiece of this month—Jesus Christ, who went to the cross so that we could be free from the clutches of sin and reconciled with God. Thereby, granting us the greatest celebration of all—Eternal life.

A little April Trivia: Where does the month of April come from? April was already the second month on the Roman calendar (March was the first), long before January and February were added to the end of the year, by King Numa Pompilius, around 700 BCE. April was then rearranged into the fourth position and assigned 29 days. Then Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1852, adding one more day.

May we all have a happy and peaceful Month of April. May God shower us with more blessings and guides us to the right path of life. And always remember it’s never too late for a new beginning in your life! Blessings and Peace!

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