17 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in April

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With April Fools' Day, Passover, and Easter, there are a few mainstream holidays to observe in April. Here are a few less-traditional opportunities to celebrate.

April 4: National Tell-A-Lie Day
Honesty is generally the best policy, as George Washington would have learned if that cherry tree story actually happened. But today you have carte blanche to fib your heart out.

April 5: Read a Road Map Day
There was a time not so long ago when we had to consult large, folded pieces of paper to figure out directions from point A to point B. Thanks to GPS and Google Maps, this is now practically a holiday of antiquity. But you can’t use a Sharpie to draw a route on your smartphone – score one for the road map.

April 6: Sorry Charlie Day
This holiday is completely unrelated to the actor on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s actually a day to reflect upon the rejections you have experienced in life and realize the world kept spinning despite them. Sorry Charlie, maybe next time.

April 6: New Beers Eve

In 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act allowed production of beer to resume in the United States, with the caveat beer remain no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight. On April 7, the act became law, and beer production began – thus marking the imminent end of Prohibition. This is the day to honor your God-given right to a refreshing cold one. Cheers.

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April 7: International Pillow Fight Day
If you live in a big city, you may have already found yourself in the throes of this day by complete accident. On the first Saturday of April every year, pillow fighters convene in cities across the world for a massive throw down. This year, feathers will fly from Ann Arbor to Brazil to Switzerland. You can find out where one is happening nearest you on the official website – or how to start your own!

April 12: Cosmonautics Day
Remember the space race? Today is the anniversary of the first manned space flight ever. On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into the great beyond and circled the Earth for almost two hours. It’s a national holiday in Russia, and a national grudge in the United States.

April 12: Drop Everything and Read Day
Also known as D.E.A.R. Day, this holiday encourages you to abandon all prior commitments for the comfort of a good book. It also coincides with the birthday of children’s book author Beverly Cleary, who is a spokesperson for the event. Though marketed towards children, celebration is open to everyone. However, if you happen to be holding heavy items when the clock strikes 12, perhaps you should think of the holiday as “Set Everything Down Gently, and Read” Day.

April 13: National Scrabble Day
Created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, Scrabble did not become a national phenomenon until the 50’s. It has since inspired less mobility-impaired games like Bananagrams and Words With Friends. But to honor the holiday, use a classic board and show off your robust vocabulary.

April 14: National Reach as High as You Can Day
National Reach as High as You Can Day is really about grounding yourself in reality. Don’t reach for the stars if you can’t actually touch them—know your limitations. Just reach as high as you can, and tell yourself good job.

April 16: National Stress Awareness Day
Relax. The only extra activity you need to pencil in for this holiday is a break.

April 20: Lima Bean Respect Day
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, the Lima Bean doesn’t get any respect. Not today, though. Did you know Lima Beans are an excellent source of fiber? They also help balance your blood sugar and lower cholesterol. So give this white bean a break for being so bland, and try extolling its more admirable qualities for once.

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April 22: National Jelly Bean Day
Now this is a bean we can get behind any day. Try to save some of the bounty from your Easter basket. Don’t worry; you don’t have to eat the popcorn-flavored ones if you don’t want to.

April 23: Talk Like Shakespeare Day
We have of late, but wherefore we know not, lost all our mirth. What perfect day to get it back! Today, swap thou or thee for you, practice some iambic pentameter, and instruct all nearby females to “get thee to a nunnery!” Talk Like Shakespeare Day is the one time of year you can express yourself in rhyming couplets, wethinks thou oughtest useth the opportunity.

April 26: Hug an Australian Day
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat.com, this holiday honors the folks from Down Under. Find an Aussie you love and respect, or really anyone from Oz, and show them how you feel with a big bear hug. Time spent wondering why Australians get preferential treatment to other countries is time that could be spent hugging more Australians.

April 27: Morse Code Day
Break out your best dots and dashes, it’s the birthday of Samuel Finley Breese Morse—co-inventor of the Morse Code. These days any Joe Schmoe can try his hand at transmitting lights, clicks, and tones to send a secret message. But this system of communication used to be a highly specialized field, requiring a license and a proclivity for spying on communists.

April 28: Eeyore’s Birthday
Even pessimistic stuffed donkeys have birthdays. You could throw a party, but why bother?

April 30: National Honesty Day
Remember National Tell-A-Lie Day? Today, do the opposite.

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