This listing of April global holidays covers the major holidays, some national holidays, cultural celebrations and observances, as well as some of the most important religious observances.
Various countries, regions and territories around the world observe a public holiday on one or more days during the month of April. While the list includes holidays of individual significance; it is not exhaustive. Holidays that are only observed by a small number of countries, regions and territories are not included in this list.
The main source for holiday information is the 2022 edition of the International Holiday Database by Country. The list includes a few cultural holidays and observances held in April, as well as important religious observances. This list is presented in the order of the dates, beginning with the first day of the month and ending with the last day of the month.
|1. April Fools Day||April 1st|
|2. Ugadi||April 2nd|
|3. Ramadan||April 3rd|
|4. Ramazan||April 4rth|
|5. Ching Ming Festival||April 5th|
|6. Ram Navami||April 10th|
|7. Maundy||April 14th|
|8. Mahavir Jayanti||April 14th|
|9. Good Friday||April 15th|
|10. Holy Saturday||April 16th|
|11. Easter Sunday||April 17th|
|12. Nuzul Al-Quran||April 19th|
|13. Night of Destiny||April 20th|
April Fools' Day is a day where people play practical jokes on one another. The jokes can be simple or elaborate, but the prankster usually ends it by yelling "April Fool!" to their victim. In certain countries, the jokes must be made before noon on 1 April.
Ugadi is a spring festival celebrated by the Telugu and Kannada communities in India. It is based on the lunar new year and begins on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, God orders them to complete five compulsory principles: fasting, prayer, charity, self-purification, and pilgrimage. Ramadan is also one of the holiest months in Islam.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to focus on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives.
It is a time of worship and contemplation. Fasting is considered to be an act of worship, which enables Muslims to feel closer to God and strengthen their spiritual health and self-discipline.
Ching Ming is a festival that celebrates and remembers ancestors. It usually falls on April 4th or 5th in the western calendar.
Ram Navami is a Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month, which marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri. Ram Navami is a gazetted holiday in several Indian states.
Maundy Thursday is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians. It commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples and the institution of the Lord's Supper. It is also known as Holy Thursday or Good Thursday.
Mahavir Jayanti is a religious holiday celebrated by Jains to commemorate the birth of Mahavira. It is the most important holiday in Jainism and is usually observed in late March or early April. Government offices and most businesses are closed on this day.
Good Friday is a national holiday in many countries that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The day is observed on the Friday before Easter in the Orthodox calendar. The most important events in Christianity are the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday. It may also be called Black Saturday, White Saturday, Easter Eve, Vigil of Easter. It is the last day of Holy Week.
Easter Sunday is the most important day in the Christian church, as it commemorates the day that Jesus was resurrected. It is also the end of Lent, a time of fasting and reflection.
The Qur'an Revelation Day commemorates the day when the words of the Qur'an were first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam, which is believed to be a revelation from Allah.
According to Islamic tradition, the first verses of the Qu'ran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, which is also known as the "Night of Power."
This is considered to be the holiest night of the year in Islam, and is said to be when Allah's greatest blessings are bestowed.