Significant days of MARCH




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 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 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 theme of World Health Day 2019 is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for All”. The World Health Organization was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. Half the world’s population is still unable to obtain the health services they need. “Health for all” has therefore been the guiding vision of W.H.O. for more than seven decades. It’s also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC has emerged as a key strategy to make progress towards other health-related and broader development goals. Access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people’s health and life expectancy, it also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality.



APRIL 12- Easter

Easter is one of the principal festivals of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The day of Easter falls on a Sunday based on the luni-solar (sun and moon) calendar and not a fixed date on the Gregorian or Julian calendar.



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 field on Vishu day)

APRIL 18 – World Health Day- International Day for Monuments and Sites

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 2019, the theme is “Rural Landscapes” which is linked to the theme of the 2019 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium on Rural heritage to take place in October in Marrakesh, Morocco.




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 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the International Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is “Climate Action”. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable..



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.

UNESCO has selected Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia as the World Book Capital for the year 2020. Kuala Lumpur was selected on the recommendation by the World Book capital Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and UNESCO based on applications received from cities all over the world.


April 25-Ramadan month begins

Ramadan for this year starts on the evening of April 25th and last for 30 days. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon. Islamic tradition states that it was during Ramadan that God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad the Quran, “as guidance for the people.” For Muslims Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer in the mosque, and reading of the Quran. It is believed that the God forgives the past sins of those who observe the holy month with fasting, prayer, and faithful intention