April is the month of Aphrodite, a Greek Goddess of love and beauty. It's the fourth month of the year that brings us Earth Day, April Fool's Day, Easter, and Buddha's birthday. Hibernating animals come out of their winter sleep, birds fly back to settle, and in some parts of the world the harvest season begins. This month represents a time of full emergence and growth.
With the spring equinox, daylight starts to increase, and light is returning to Earth. Therefore, the spring equinox is a symbol of new life and light, new beginnings, and paths. This time represents our need for balance of the yin/yang and male/female energies. A balanced equilibrium. It's a time of growth and moving forward in new and positive ways. With psychic energy in abundance, it is the ideal month to start meditating for the purpose of healthier living and raising consciousness.
For all Christians around the world, Easter is a sacred holiday, a representation of Christ's ascension and return to Earth. It's called a moveable holiday since it doesn't fall on a set date every year. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter, is a time of reflection and penance, remembering the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day of feasting before Lent begins. This holiday also has another side filled with Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets, and candies which have become a standard part of Easter.
April also celebrates Earth Day. Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day today is celebrated to raise public awareness of air and water pollution, and to bring environmental issues into the spotlight. People who share the same values about oil spills, polluting factories, toxic dumps, loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife, come together to fight for a clean environment. Remember, it's never too late to get involved in the movement, donate to the cause, and spread the world!
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