Significant days of MARCH

"APRIL" IN KERALA HISTORY



 
     

April 01 – APRIL FOOL’S DAY

April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on the first day of April. It is observed as a day when people play practical jokes and

hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools".


 

APRIL 01-Easter

Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion.

 


     
 
     

April 05 - National Maritime Day of India

It was on this day in 1919 that SS Loyalty, the first ship of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd., conducted its journey to the United Kingdom, a crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British. To commemorate this journey, April 05 was declared as the National Maritime Day of India.

(Image: First day cover released by the Postal Department in connection with National Maritime Day in 2010)
 

APRIL 18-International Day for Monuments

International Day for Monuments and Sites aims to bring global attention to the need to conserve monuments and sites as our cultural heritage and to “celebrate the diversity of heritage”. In 2017, the theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”,

Image: A scene from the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri mountain, which has been recognised by UNESCO as a heritage site.

     
 

   

 

APRIL 07 – World Health Day
The World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to observe 7th April of every year with effect from 1950 as the World Health day to draw world-wide attention to global health. The main goal of World Health Day 2016 is to increase awareness about the raise in diabetes and its burden and consequences and to trigger effective steps to tackle diabetes.

 

April 22 - International earth Day

International Earth Day is celebrated to remind us that the earth and its eco-system provide with life and sustenance. Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
Climate change could kill half a million people globally over the next 35 years. Climate change is going to change the way India eats – and kill over 1,35,000 by 2050

     

 

 
     

April 15 - Vishu

Vishu is an important festival of Kerala celebrated in the month of Medam (April), just before the onset of south-west monsoon.  This is also a festival related to agriculture that denotes the inseparable relationship between man and soil.  In Kerala, agricultural operations start with Vishu day onwards. Astrologically, the Vishu has much importance. It is on this day that the sun rises right in the east.  Hours of day and night are equal (exactly 12 hours) on Vishu. The celebrations of Vishu start with kani, which is arranged in every home to be seen by all members of family in the early morning. Vishukani is a small exhibition of agricultural products of Kerala such as rice, cucumber, mango, jack-fruit, banana etc arranged in a brass vessel along with cotton cloth, metals like gold or silver and flower of Kanikonna (Indian Laburnum-Cassia fistula)

(Image: First plough of paddy filed on Vishu day)
 

April 23-World Book and Copyright Day

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, decided to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors and to observe World Book and Copyright Day on 23rd April every year.