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Bizarre And Weird April Holidays

Updated on February 9, 2014

Weird Holidays Are A Great Reason To Throw A Party - Let's Explore A Few That Take Place In April

Weird celebrations. Bizarre holidays. Strange observances. That's what this lens is all about, and it's all going to be focused on one month - April.

While you will find some of the more widely known holidays in this article, the majority of it will focused on just how many strange, wacky and odd observances there really are in any given month.

Before you go any further, you should realize that this won't be the end all and be all of weird holiday lists as I am listing only those that I find to be most interesting. Some may be authentic, while a few will certainly be... questionable to say the least, but all are interesting. You may even find a few that are more widely celebrated in other countries, but even they can be enjoyed by anyone. So, if you're the kind of person who likes to celebrate holidays, you'll be glad to know that you can celebrate more than a few times a month. Enjoy the lens.

Photo by Jonathan Gill / flickr.

International Pooper Scooper Week - Always the first week in April.

Professional animal waste removal specialists know the importance removing your pet's poop after its evacuation, which is, of course, why this week was created. Feel free to urge (or teach) others the most efficient ways to clean up the offending material so that everyone will have a better walking experience.

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Husband Appreciation Day - Every third Saturday in April.

Most husbands have it hard. Sit down and think about all the things a husband has to do and the responsibility it takes to be a good one. Now, I know that everyone isn't lucky enough to have a great husband, but those that do should take advantage of this day to do something that makes him feel appreciated, whether it be from getting him a nice gift or making him a nice dinner.


April Fool's Day / National Fun at Work Day

April 1st

Everyone knows that the first day of April is reserved for funny items, gag gifts and practical jokes. It's no surprise that some people have a lot of fun on this day while a few don't (due to being the victim). Keep in mind that this is a day of laughs and feeling good. Don't make it about humiliation. If you have a job where you can enjoy this holiday in good fun, don't risk losing it by going too far with a joke.

One other important tip that I can add is to never do any kind of joke or prank that can cause serious damage to someone's property. That is a sure way to ruin an often fun day for everyone.

Billy Bob Two Front Teeth Baby Pacifier, Pink Lips

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World Rat Day

April 4th

Before you get worked up too much about this holiday, you need to know that it is a day celebrating the pet rat not the wild rat. This weird April holiday was started back in 2002 by members of the ratlist, a large mailing list on the internet dedicated to the care and feeding of the pet rat.

It is a day to honor and promote the rat as the great companion pets they really are. I would, however, talk to anyone else living with you before going out and buying one.


National Beer Day

April 7th

This is mainly a U.S. holiday as it commemorates President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Cullen-Harrison Act into law making it legal to sell beer again starting on April 7, 1933.

April 6th also gets recognition as New Beer's Eve as thousands of Americans lined up outside bars, waiting for midnight to strike so they could get their first taste of legal beer in thirteen years.

When celebrating this festive April holiday it's very important to have someone who stays sober to watch after everyone else. Don't ruin this day by driving while intoxicated.

Photo by DeusXFlorida / flickr.

Golfer's Day / Golf Day - April 10th

Everyone may not have heard of this day, but it's a good bet that most avid golfers have, although some may try to convince you that it takes place many times a year. Golf day is a chance for golfers to look back and be thankful that the game was invented and celebrate it in the best way they know how - by playing golf.

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National Licorice Day

April 12th

Licorice may not be as popular in the U.S. as in the rest of the world, but it is still liked by millions of people here in the States. Although the most commonly ingested form is candy, it is actually used as flavoring in many soft drinks, medicines and teas as well.

So, if you're someone who enjoys this curious flavored root, why not celebrate this day by trying to get someone else to give it a try. You could throw a tasting party or just give pieces of candy out as gifts. I highly recommend the soft candy for people who have never tried it before as you can usually get it in several different flavors.

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Look Alike Day

April 20th

Do you have a celebrity, family member or friend that you admire? They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this day is the perfect day to take advantage of that; it's like having Halloween take place in April. Whether you want to be a Katy Perry look alike or just have the same hair style of Lady GaGa, today is the day to give it a try. One tip that I can offer from personal experience is to think twice before trying to impersonate your boss unless you really get along with them well.

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National Jelly Bean Day - April 22nd

One of my best memories while growing up was going into my father's office and snacking on jelly beans that he kept in a candy dish on his desk. I love getting the sampler boxes and giving them as gifts to my closest friends on this day. You will too.


National Pretzel Day

April 26th

The pretzel dates back over a thousand years where monks in France baked strips of dough into the shape of folded arms and added a little salt to it. It has grown into a huge snack industry where you can get your pretzel in almost any way you want whether it be thin, thick, soft, crunchy, salted, unsalted or flavored. Celebrate this day with pride.

Photo by Dottie Mae / flickr

International Dance Day - April 29th

Although this day was created to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (creator of modern ballet), I believe this unique holiday can be celebrated with any form of dance. I like to break out in spontaneous public dancing throughout the day, and if your lucky, you'll have other people join in.

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National Honesty Day

April 30th

This can be a tricky holiday to celebrate. On one hand, if we want people to believe us when it counts, it's important to always tell the truth. The other side of that coin, however, is that a lot of people don't want to hear the truth. In fact, telling the truth may get you a few slaps or punches in the face.

Most people try and celebrate this day by being completely honest. I believe the best way to practice it is to be honest on the important stuff and a little less honest on stuff that just doesn't matter that much (especially when it involves someone's feelings). I leave it up to you.

Photo by TheRogue / Gabe on flickr.

Even More Weird and Bizzare April Holidays

That I haven't had a chance to research... yet.

1-International Tatting Day

2-National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

3-Tweed Day

4-Tell a Lie Day

5-Go For Broke Day

6-Sorry Charlie Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day

7-Caramel Popcorn Day, No Housework Day

8-Buddha Day

9-Name Yourself Day

10-National Sibling's Day

11-National Submarine Day

12-Big Wind Day

13-Scrabble Day

14-National Pecan Day, Look up at the Sky Day

15-Rubber Eraser Day

16-National Eggs Benedict Day, National Librarian Day

17-Blah, Blah, Blah Day

18-International Juggler's Day

19-National Garlic Day

20-Volunteer Recognition Day, National Pot Smokers Day (420)

21-Kindergarten Day

22-Girl Scout Leader Day

23-Lover's Day, Take A Chance Day, National Zucchini Bread Day

24-Pig in a Blanket Day

25-World Penguin Day

26-Hug an Australian Day, Richter Scale Day

27-National Prime Rib Day, Tell a Story Day

28-Kiss Your Mate Day, Great Poetry Reading Day

29-National Shrimp Scampi Day

30-Hairstyle Appreciation Day

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Have you had the chance to celebrate any of these weird holidays of April? - Or maybe you want to suggest one that isn't listed?

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    • flycatcherrr profile image


      4 years ago

      Funny enough, I seem to celebrate International Pooper Scooper week every week of the year. :) OK, true, maybe a bit more so in early spring, when the snowbanks have melted away to show whatever dog droppings didn't get scooped in a timely fashion all winter... First week of April does sound about right!

    • ismeedee profile image


      5 years ago

      Ha, this is goodness there really is a holiday for everything isn't there? I admit I celebrate no housework day quite often, or at least I try my best to!!

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      6 years ago

      That Billy Bob pacifier is a hoot! LOL

    • blue autumn profile image

      blue autumn 

      6 years ago

      My birthday is in april! does that count? I think I need to start participating in more of those food days.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm pretty sure I participated in Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2 - it's what I have for breakfast most days - great article with lots of fun stuff to do!

    • gatornic15 profile image


      6 years ago

      I can't believe I missed National Beer Day! =)

    • SoyCandleLover profile image

      BW Duerr 

      6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I will definitely be celebrating No Housework Day. :) Thanks for the spotlight of these unusual April holidays.

    • catspyjamas profile image


      6 years ago

      fun lens!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I've never heard of most of these bizarre and weird April holidays, but I think starting your lens out with International Pooper Scooper Week was priceless. :)

    • MarcoG profile image


      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      That's an interesting bunch of holidays!!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I haven't celebrated any of these yet, but I am going to start with National Beer Day and build from there. This was a fun and interesting lens.

    • Seasons Greetings profile image

      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't know how you found all of these. A lot of fun ideas.

    • brumot profile image


      6 years ago

      I go for the one on the 7th

    • PennyHowe profile image


      6 years ago

      Things I certainly never knew. A very interesting and inventive lens. Thanks for sharing.

    • KittySmith profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this lens. April is so much more than a Fools celebration. Interesting to see one of my obscure interests in here, Tatting! FUN, FUN, FUN I really enjoyed your lens.

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      6 years ago

      An impressive list of the holidays of April! Had no clue about most of them - liquorice day for example. Fun lens!

    • jordanmilesbask profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens!

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Nice. I like the idea of National Garlic day.

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      falling lakes 

      6 years ago

      Every year I forget that 1st of April! Damn! Will put a reminder :)

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      6 years ago

      I'll be planning what I'll be saying for National Golf Day. Yes!!!!!!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I haven't - but I just added National Beer Day, National Prime Rib Day, and Husbands Day to my calendar. My hubby sends his thanks!

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      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      Only April Fool's Day. Must remember to celebrate beer, though. There is a new restaurant near my home that sells some lovely mircobrews on tap.

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      6 years ago

      I'm always amazed at how many strange holidays are out there - thanks for sharing!!!


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