Days in 2019 are flying by so fast that we are already in the fourth month of the year. Yes, it’s April 2019, and it’s time to look at the festivals, international days, bank holidays, and events calendar. Speaking festivals and important days, this month is so very full of it. There are several religious festivals from different faiths and cultures such as Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanti among many in Hinduism; Vaisakhi or Baisakhi in Sikhism; Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Christianity; Mahavir Jayanti, one of the most important religious festivals for Jains. Not only religious observances, but April is also full of international days such as April Fools’ Day, World Health Day, Earth Day, International Dance Day, and so many more. Let us look at the April 2019 calendar in detail, the important days and events to commemorate, along with religious festivals, birth and death anniversaries. Calendar 2019 For Free Download in PDF: Know List of Hindu Festivals, Holidays, Fasts According to Drik Panchang, Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop Calendars Online.

The first day of April is celebrated as April Fools’ Day, a day dedicated to practical jokes and hoaxes. 1st of April in India is also declared as Bank’s Holiday. Month’s first Hindu fast (vrat), Papamochani Ekadashi to please Lord Vishnu also falls on the day. It is believed devotees who observe this fast get riddance of all their ‘mistakes’ and ‘sins’. April 6 is the most important day of the first week. It will mark the beginning of Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navratri, one of the four Navratri (nine nights) dedicated to Goddess Durga. Meanwhile, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi (Chaitra Sukladi) in Andhra Pradesh, two spring-time festivals are celebrated as the New Year’s Day. The opening week of April will conclude with Cheti Chand or Jhulelal Jayanti, a festival which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year for the Sindhi Hindus. Speaking of important days, the week will see days such as World Autism Awareness Day, National Maritime Day, World Health Day and many more.

Yamuna Chhath on April 11 and Rama Navami on April 14 are two of the biggest festivals in the second week. Yamuna Chhath also known as ‘Yamuna Jayanti’ is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and is celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm in Mathura and Vrindavan. As for Rama Navami, it is one of the major Hindu festivals commemorating the birthday of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. April 14 will also be celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti, an annual festival observed to commemorate the memory of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. On the very same day, Vaisakhi, a religious Sikhs festival will also be observed. Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi marks the Punjabi New Year. In the next week, Pôhela Boishakh, also known as Bengali New Year on April 15, Mahavir Jayanti on April 17, Hanuman Jayanti and Good Friday on April 19, Easter on April 21 will draw major attractions.

List of International Days and Bank Holidays in April 2019

Sr. No. Date Day Event Days
1. April 1 Monday Bank’s Holiday
2. April 1 Monday April Fools' Day
3. April 2 Tuesday World Autism Awareness Day
4. April 2 Tuesday International Children's Book Day
5. April 5 Friday National Maritime Day
6. April 6 Saturday International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
7. April 6 Saturday International Pillow Fight Day
8. April 7 Sunday World Health Day
9. April 7 Sunday International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide
10. April 10 Wednesday World Homeopathy Day
11. April 10 Wednesday Siblings Day
12. April 12 Friday Equal Pay Day
13. April 14 Sunday Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year's Day)
14. April 16 Tuesday World Voice Day
15. April 17 Wednesday World Haemophilia Day
16. April 18 Thursday International Day For Monuments and Sites
17. April 18 Thursday National High Five Day
18. April 18 Thursday International Day For Monuments and Sites
19. April 20 Saturday Chinese Language Day
20. April 21 Sunday National Tea Day
21. April 22 Monday International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day
22. April 23 Tuesday English Language Day
23. April 23 Tuesday Spanish Language Day
24. April 24 Wednesday World Meningitis Day
25. April 24 Wednesday International Sculpture Day
26. April 25 Thursday DNA day
27. April 25 Thursday World Penguin Day
28. April 25 Thursday World Malaria Day
29. April 25 Thursday Anzac Day
30. April 29 Monday International Dance Day
31. April 30 Tuesday International Jazz Day
32. April 30 Tuesday Honesty Day

April 2019 Calendar With Hindu Fasts and Dates

Sr. No. Date Day Event Days
1. April 1 Monday Papamochani Ekadashi
2. April 2 Tuesday Pradosha Vrata
3. April 3 Wednesday Masik Shivaratri
4. April 4 Thursday Darsha Amavasya
5. April 5 Friday Chaitra Amavasya; Anvadhan
6. April 6 Saturday Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi (Chaitra Sukladi), Ishti, Chandra Darshan
7. April 7 Sunday Cheti Chand or Jhulelal Jayanti
8. April 8 Monday Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Matsya Jayanti, Masik Karthigai
9. April 9 Tuesday Vinayaka Chaturthi, Lakshmi Panchami
10. April 10 Wednesday Skanda Sashti, Rohini Vrat
11. April 11 Thursday Yamuna Chhath
12. April 12 Wednesday Chaitra Navapada Oli Begins
13. April 13 Saturday Masik Durgashtami, Rama Navami, Tara Jayanti
14. April 14 Sunday Rama Navami *ISKCON, Swaminarayan Jayanti, Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti, Baisakhi, Puthandu, Ambedkar Jayanti
15. April 15 Monday Kamada Ekadashi, Pohela Boishakha, Vishu Kani
16. April 16 Tuesday Gauna Kamada Ekadashi, Vaishnava Kamada Ekadashi, Vamana Dwadashi
17. April 17 Wednesday Pradosha Vrat, Mahavir Swami Jayanti
18. April 19 Friday Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Navapada Oli Ends, Chaitra Purnima, Chaitra Purnima Vrat, Anvadhan, Chitra Pournami, Good Friday
19. April 20 Saturday Ishti, Vaishakha Begins* North
20. April 21 Sunday Easter
21. April 22 Monday Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi
22. April 26 Friday Kalashtami
23. April 30 Tuesday Varuthini Ekadashi, Vallabhacharya Jayanti

In the last week of April, there are not many religious observances but a great many important international events. There are days dedicated to languages such as Chinese Language Day, English Language Day and Spanish Language Day. April also has a number of days dedicated to health and wellness such as World Autism Awareness Day, World Health Day, World Malaria Day, World Haemophilia Day, World Meningitis Day and more. So that was it for April, keep glued to this section as we will return with the monthly calendar of May 2019.

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