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Days of the Month for April

 

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April 1 : The Day of Dignity
‘April Fool’s Day’ : This is the time when practical jokes can be played as long as they are without malice. It is unclear where this may practice may have originated from but is thought by some to have been connected with the Celtic god of humour ‘Lud’ whose festival fell in the Spring period. It is still believed that you can only play these pranks up to midday (noon) on April Fools’ Day.

Another theory about the origins of April Fool’s Day is based from an old French custom dating from the sixteenth century. During 1564 AD the French declared that the first day of the year would be January 1 as it previously it fell on March 25 (also known as ‘Lady Day’ and the Christian day of Christ’s Resurrection). People in France use to give presents to their friends in March to celebrate the New Year but as March 25 fell in the period of Holy Week (Christian Easter Festival) then these celebrations were moved to take place a week later which then took it to April 1st. When the celebration of New Year was moved to January 1st then a custom arose in France that an individual should visit friends on April 1st to fool them into believing that it was the first day of the year. From this practice the concept possibly grew and spread across Europe and around the world.

It will probably never really be known where this custom originated for sure but it does allow people to share their sense of humour even if you may find the extreme practices of some people in other countries somewhat bizarre.

Celtic feast day of ‘Tewdric’, sixth century, Welsh prince who died from a head wound received at the Battle of Tintern between the Saxons and Celts, in 595. Much folklore surrounds Tewdric, and as with most notables of royal blood there are associations with animals. Upon his death, it was said that two stags (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Animal, Deer) drew the cart on which his body lay stopping at a well whilst his wounds were cleaned near Mathern. This symbolism reflects similar images referred to in the story of Nerthus, where all places at which the cart stopped were believed to bring peace and joy to all who passed by there. Mathern has ever since been a holy place.

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April 2 : The Day of the Idealist
Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor, born this day in about 742.

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April 3 : The Day of the Fulcrum
Buddhist : Festivities to mark the birthday of Buddha on this day.

Washington Irvine, writer, born this day in 1783.

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April 4 : The Day of Initiative
Roman : 7 day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ commences (April 4 - 10).

Martin Luther King, the American Civil Rights Leader assassinated in 1968.

Celtic feast day of ‘Gueryr’. Associated with Neot (31 July) as they are believed to be buried alongside each other. It is said that Alfred the Great regularly visited his shrine on Bodmin Moor, England.

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April 5 : The Day of Consequence
Roman : second day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ (April 4 - 10).

‘Tomb Sweeping Day’ : Chinese day of remembrance.

Celtic feast day of ‘Derfel’, soldier, Abbot of Bardsey Island. Suggested to be one of King Arthur’s knights. (See Mystical WWW Glastonbury for more information on Arthur).

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April 6 : The Day of the Experimenter
In Wales (UK) an old rural belief declared it was a bad omen if you heard a cuckoo (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Birds) before this day. Whereas it was thought to indicate prosperity for the coming if heard on 28 April.

Roman : third day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ (April 4 - 10).

Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, born this day in 1906.

Celtic feast day of ‘Brychan’, associated to Gwynllyw Filwr (29 March), father of Gwladys. Reputed to be the King of Powys and it is said that Breconshire was given its name as a tribute to him. Reputed to have up to thirty-seven daughters and twenty-eight sons. One of his daughters was Endellion (29 April), another Juliot (16 June), also Nectan (7 June), Morwenna (5 July), Merthyr (23 August) Almedha (1 August), Wenna (18 October). Grand-father of Cadoc (25 September) and possibly of Keyne (8 October). Relative of Clydog (3 November).

Celtic feast day of ‘Goran’, also suggested to be ‘Vuron’, believed to be a hermit.

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April 7 : The Day of Enthusiastic Belief
Roman : fourth day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ (April 4 - 10).

Celtic feast day of ‘Brynach’, sixth century Irish man who became a solitary hermit. Known to Brychan (6 April) and. associated with David (1 March). Reputed to have had many visions of angels.

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April 8 : The Day of Conscience
Roman : fifth day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ (April 4 - 10).

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April 9 : The Day of Excess
Roman : sixth day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ (April 4 - 10).

USA : Astronaut’s Day

Celtic feast day of ‘Madrun’, or ‘Materiana’, fifth century, wife of Ynyr Gwent. Fled to the Celtic monastery at Tintagel when the skirmishes between the Romans and the Celts were at their height. (See Mystical WWW Glastonbury for information on Tintagel & Arthur).

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April 10 : The Day of Daring
Roman : last day of seven day dedication to ‘Megalesia’ finishes (April 4 - 10).

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April 11 : The Day of the Policy Makers
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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April 12 : The Day of Societal Awareness
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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April 13 : The Day of the Iconoclast
‘Baisakhi’ : Hindu

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April 14 : The Day of Tradition
‘Sommarsblot’ : Norse.

American President Abraham Lincoln assassinated on this day in 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth.

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April 15 : The Day of Human Definition
SS Titanic sunk when it hit an iceberg in 1912, killing over 1,500 people. Morgan Robertson’s published work of some fourteen years earlier, seems to foretell of such a disaster. The vessel in the story was called Titan.

Celtic feast day of ‘Padarn’, accompanied David (1 March) and Teilo (9 February) to Jerusalem.

Celtic feast day of ‘Padarn’, Paternus of Wales, sixth century, Bishop of Llanbadarn Fawr. Associated with Cadfan (1 November).

Celtic feast day of ‘Ruadhan’, known as one of the twelve disciples of Ireland. Founded the monastery at Lorrha.

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April 16 : The Day of Cosmic Comedy
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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April 17 : The Day of Serious Purpose
Celtic feast day of ‘Donan and his companions’, seventh century, followed a monastic life on Eigg, Hebrides. The events of this day were said to be foreseen by Columcille (9 June), saying that it would not be fitting for him to be a soul friend to Donan as he foresaw what was described as red martyrdom. This day was named to commemorate their death on this day in 617 (Easter Sunday), killed by a Viking attack. Donan asked that he and his brothers should complete mass before execution. Many places have been named after Donan throughout Scotland.

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April 18 : The Day of Vigorous Defence
Paul Revere road from Charleston to Lexington on this day in 1775, to warn the Colonists that the British Army were advancing.

Celtic feast day of ‘Molaise’, also ‘Laserian’, seventh century, a hermit on Holy Island, said to have completed his penance by enduring over twenty diseases. Founded a monastery at Innishmurray, in Donegal Bay, Ireland. Claimed that he may have been a Bishop in Rome. Died in 639.

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April 19 : The Day of Solid Control
Charles Darwin, naturalist known for his theory of evolution, died on this day in 1882.

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April 20 : The Day of Worldly Challenge
Native American : Yaqui ‘Pagean’ activities.

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April 21 : The Day of Professional Commitment
Passover : Start of Jewish festival (also known as April 22).

Queen Elizabeth of England’s Birthday

Mark Twain, writer, born on this day in 1835, and also died on this day in 1910.

Celtic feast day of ‘Beuno’, Abbot of the sixth century who is said to have been the grandson of Gwynllyw (29 March), the uncle of Winefride (3 November), and a distant relative of Kentigern (13 January), Kea (5 November) and Cadoc (25 September).

Celtic feast day of ‘Maelrubha’, born 3 January 642, died 722. He was an Irish prince who became a monk, Abbot of Bangor, and later a missionary in Applecross, Scotland, where he was buried. Established a monastery on ancient sacred ground at Loch Maree. After his death the site returned to Druid worship where it is said that bulls were sacrificed in his honour.

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April 22 : The Day of Established Presence
Passover : Start of Jewish festival (also known as April 21).

‘Earth Day’, a day of Pagan celebration.

Vladimir Nabokov, writer, born this day in 1899.

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April 23 : The Day of Adopted Security
Christian festival dedicated to ‘St. George’, the patron saint of England.

William Shakespeare, play and sonnet writer, died on this day in 1616.

Miguel de Cervantes, writer, died on this day in 1616.

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April 24 : The Day of the Protective Chronicler
Anthony Trollope, novelist, born this day in 1815.

Celtic feast day of ‘Ivo’, believed to have given his name to Slepe, later St Ives in Cambridgeshire, and that he was a Bishop, from Persia. Some though contradict this suggesting that Ivo gave his name to St Ives in Cornwall. Buried in the former St Ives. Died in 600.

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April 25 : The Day of Physical Substance
Christian festival dedicated to ‘St. Mark’, symbolised by the lion, and has associations with the Celtic church period of Imbolc (See Mystical WWW Mystical Time : Months, February - April).

Edward II born this day in 1284.

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April 26 : The Day of the Cultivator
William Shakespeare, writer, baptised on this day in 1564 (it is not known on what date he was born).

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April 27 : The Day of Self Sufficiency
Celtic feast day of ‘Machalus’, or ‘Maughold’, fifth century, originally a pirate who later went to sea in a coracle off the shores of the Orkney Islands, without oars or rudder as an act of penance as decreed by Patrick (17 March). A holy well marks the place on the Isle of Man where he came ashore. By coincidence this is also a place where ancient standing stones and an Iron age Hill Fort indicate the presence of a previous people (See Mystical WWW Mystical Places for more information on ancient megalithic sites).

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April 28 : The Day of Steadfastness
Mutiny of the Bounty led by Fletcher Christian occurred on this day in 1789 against Captain Bligh.

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April 29 : The Day of the Heavy Image
Sir Thomas Beecham, composer, born this day in 1879.

Celtic feast day of ‘Endellion’, daughter of Brychan (6 April), and reputed to be the god-daughter of King Arthur (See Mystical WWW Glastonbury for more information on Arthur). Endellion is said to have stayed at Lundy Island before continuing on to Cornwall, where it is thought she lived at Tintagel. Indeed St. Endellion, where she is buried, the spot being chosen by her being placed on a cart/funeral bier drawn by sacred bullocks stopped, near Port Issac is said to be named in her honour.

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April 30 : The Day of Dutiful Overload
‘Walpurgisnacht’ : German commemoration (For more information see Mystical WWW Trees).

Beltane/Bealtaine : Gaelic celebrations of ‘Fires of Bel’.

Wicca : ‘Beltane’ celebrations.

It is believed that Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin in 1945. It has also been suggested that he was cremated on this day.