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A Complete Calendar of April Global Holidays 2022

Updated: March 16, 2022
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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 DayApril 1st
2. UgadiApril 2nd
3. RamadanApril 3rd
4. RamazanApril 4rth
5. Ching Ming FestivalApril 5th
6. Ram NavamiApril 10th
7. MaundyApril 14th
8. Mahavir JayantiApril 14th
9. Good Friday April 15th
10. Holy SaturdayApril 16th
11. Easter SundayApril 17th
12. Nuzul Al-QuranApril 19th
13. Night of DestinyApril 20th

International April Global Holidays List 2022

1. April Fools Day

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world
  • The Reason For Celebration – The day is used to play practical jokes on someone. The jokes can be simple or elaborate.

2. Ugadi

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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.

  • Place of Celebration – India, Mauritius
  • The Reason For Celebration – Ugadi is the Lunar New Year's Day for the people of the Telugu and Kannada communities in India. It is celebrated on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox. Ugadi is a spring festival.

3. Ramadan

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world by muslim community
  • The Reason For Celebration – Ramadan is a month in the Muslim calendar during which Muslims fast.

4. Ramazan

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – Pakistan, India, around the world by muslim community
  • The Reason For Celebration – Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan moves forward about 11 days each year due to the different lengths of the Islamic and Gregorian years.

5. Ching Ming Festival

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Ching Ming is a festival that celebrates and remembers ancestors. It usually falls on April 4th or 5th in the western calendar.

  • Place of Celebration – China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
  • The Reason For Celebration – Ching Ming is a day to remember ancestors and sweep graves. It falls on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox.

6. Ram Navami

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – India
  • The Reason For Celebration – Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra.

7. Maundy

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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.

  • Place of Celebration – Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, East Timor, El Salvador, Greenland, India, Spain, Venezuela, US Virgin Islands
  • The Reason For Celebration – Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, which is when Jesus established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.

8. Mahavir Jayanti

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – India
  • The Reason For Celebration – Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism.

9. Good Friday 

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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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world
  • The Reason For Celebration – Good Friday is a religious holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

10. Holy Saturday

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world
  • The Reason For Celebration – Good Friday is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb.

11. Easter Sunday

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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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world
  • The Reason For Celebration – Easter is the most important date in the Christian church because it is the day when Jesus rose from the dead.

12. Nuzul Al-Quran

April

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.

  • Place of Celebration – Around the world
  • The Reason For Celebration – This day commemorates when the words of the Qur'an were first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

13. Night of Destiny

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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.

  • Place of Celebration – Bangladesh, India, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger
  • The Reason For Celebration – Muslims around the world will celebrate Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power). Devout believers will spend the night praying, reciting the Quran, and holding zikr (devotional chants). They will seek blessings from Allah for themselves, their families, and the Muslim community.

Written by Sumit Pandey

My name is Sumit Kumar Pandey and I’m a content writer and blogger who specializes in writing about technology, web design, and online marketing.

After working as a research scholar in the engineering field for many years, I’m now a full-time content writer, helping people get more exposure and generate more leads for their businesses.

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