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GLOBAL DAYS IN APRIL 2017

1ST APRIL - APRIL FOOL'S DAY

The history of April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is uncertain, but it is thought to have begun when the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved to January 1st. Click here to read what people do, and read about some amazing tricks played on the general public by major organisations.

7TH APRIL - WORLD HEALTH DAY

Each year a theme for World Health Day is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. This year, WHO is leading a one year global campaign on depression. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.  Click here to visit the website and find out more.

9TH APRIL - PALM SUNDAY

Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, an event mentioned in all four Gospels. The Bible tells us that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by praising him and waving palm branches.

However, it was the beginning of his journey to the cross. Click here to visit our Easter pages and find out more.

11TH APRIL - PASSOVER BEGINS

Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and their departure from slavery to freedom. Passover's main ritual is the seder, which occurs on the first night of the holiday - a meal that involves the re-enactment of the Exodus through stories, songs, and ritual foods, such as matzah. The Jewish festival of Passover lasts for 7 or 8 days. Click here to visit our Passover page to find out more.

14TH APRIL - GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday is a religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Based on details in the four Gospels, Jesus was most likely to have been crucified on a Friday, in the year AD33. Click here to visit our Easter pages and find out more.

16TH APRIL - EASTER SUNDAY

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. It marks the end of Lent. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and contains Maundy or Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper and Good Friday. Click here to visit our Easter pages and find out more.

22TH APRIL - EARTH DAY

Earth Day 2017’s campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defence of environmental protection.

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs. Click here to find out more.

23RD APRIL - ST. GEORGE'S DAY

Did you know that St George’s Day is England’s national day? Who was St. George? What do people do? Click here to see our St. George's Day page to find out more.

23RD APRIL - LONDON MARATHON

Since the event started in 1981, London Marathon runners have raised nearly a half a billion pounds for charity and holds the Guinness world record for the largest annual fund-raising event in the world! The record time for a Marathon has decreased by more than half an hour over the last 100 years (currently just under 2 hours and 3 minutes). Could someone will break the 2 hour barrier soon?

Last year, astronaut Tim Peake achieved a brand new Guinness World Record title for the fastest marathon in orbit, running the London Marathon on-board the International Space Station in just over 3 and a half hours. Can you guess the age of the oldest man to run a marathon? Click here to find out more on our Marathon page.

25TH APRIL - ANZAC DAY

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during WWI.

Find a recipe for Anzac biscuits (and find out more about them) by clicking here.

25TH APRIL - WORLD MALARIA DAY

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, which 3.2 billion people (almost half the world's population) is at risk of getting.

The theme for 2017 is End Malaria For Good. WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually.