6 ways to make this April more alive.

In the very heart of thriving spring life, April is the month of new beginnings. The air has lost its winter chill and the earth seems to come back to life again. The earth gets dressed in a green garment and spring transforms it into a paradise. A typical day in spring for me would be holding Mandy’s hand and going for a walk in the woods. It reminds me of the healing power of nature. Spring does not fail to fill all my senses and the pleasure I feel makes me realize how much I missed it all. Every single species of blossoming flowers is beautiful in its own way; each marks another flash of color and life in the canvas of nature. It just defies description. The morning symphony is carried out by the birds very early, before dawn and continues till morning staggers towards noon. It is strangely pleasant, like melody of life itself.

That smell of fresh air, so undefinable yet it is something we all recognize on the first day after winter when we open the doors and windows. The scents of flowers, grasses and rain strike our senses uniquely and make us wonder how they are created.

Every element of spring etched on every single particle of air screams celebration. And we are here to talk about some worldwide celebrations that truly enhance this beautiful season.

1) Passover is the most important religious festival of the Jews.  It commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for seven to eight days. This year Passover celebration will start on 19th April and ends on 26th April. It is also referred to as the Pesach holiday, which means the festival of spring, freedom and the feast of the unleavened bread.  For more information, click here. The festival comprises of a traditional feast called the Passover Seder meal.  Why don’t you plan on joining one? Click here to join.

2) If you find yourself munching on your favorite Oreo biscuit only to find that the cream has been ruthlessly replaced with toothpaste, then it is about time that you keep a proper track of the calendar. Last year my sister, Robin handed me a pizza box. I was beyond excited but my excitement was short lived because on opening the box I found that instead of a pizza, there were apples and pears.This year I will surely get back at her! And the year before that, Mandy wrapped a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer so when I turned on the faucet, I got a big, wet surprise. Do let us know what pranks you have up your sleeve this April Fool’s Day in the comment section!

3) Each year World Autism Day is celebrated on 2nd April. The goal is to create awareness and educate people about the whole spectrum of autism and how every type of autism is different from other types. There are many ways by which you can take part in this. If you are connected with an organization, you can plan for a fund raising program.

You can join one of the many marches, seminars and conferences   which are focused on breaking the stigma.

4)Another important event in April, the International Earth Day, is a global day of action, celebrated in over 190 countries on 22nd April to take oath to make our planet a happy and healthy place for living.

This year, the theme is to protect threatened and endangered species. If you are interested to know more about it, click here.

5) Anzac day  marks the anniversary of the first key military action fought by Australia and New Zealand forces during First World War. Good Friday (19th April) is a day of mourning. The special day memorializes Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus two days later. This year I’ve invited my whole family over for brunch and we are planning on taking a hike. Baking special cakes on Easter is our family tradition. This year I have given the total freedom to Mandy, who absolutely loves to bake, to make us anything she likes. I overheard her discussing the recipes with her friends.  Probably we will be having some chocolate chips cakes. I have made plans for making meatball lasagna, oven baked chicken fajitas and beef pot pie. And of course what is Easter without the egg-hunting? My husband and I have already started coloring eggs for the kids!

Looking for ways to make this Easter fun and memorable for your kids? Get baking this Easter weekend! Click here to get some amazing tips for baking!

 

6) Rama Navami is a festival celebrated by the Hindus in the month of April. It is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya.

 

Home and Kitchen Group wishes you a flourishing April!

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