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April – fourth month of the year

April is the fourth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar.

Closeup of mountain daisies, April's birth flower.
April’s birth flower is Daisy.
April’s birth flower is the daisy.
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Naming April - Aphrodite’s Month

April is the fourth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and consists of 30 days.  Its name is derived from the latin word aperit, which means to open. It is considered that April is the month of the growing season and when trees and flowers begin to “open”. It is also believed that the month’s name is named after the Greek goddess, Aphrodite (Aphros).

  • Old English - April or Aprilis
  • Latin name - Aprilis or Aperit - to open
  • Greek - Aphro - short for Aphrodite

History of April

April was originally the second month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the fourth month consisting of only 29 days when January was designated the first month of the year around 450 BCE. April became 30 days long again when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar.

Fourth Month in the Year

April is the fourth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and consists of 30 days. It is commonly associated with the season of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere.

April starts on the same day of the week as July and ends on the same day of the week as December in common years. During leap years, April starts on the same day of the week as January.

Birth Flower and Stone

April’s birth flower is the daisy and sweet pea.

The birthstone for April is the diamond which symbolizes innocence.

Topics: Calendar, Months, April

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Months of the Year

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. June
  7. July
  8. August
  9. September
  10. October
  11. November
  12. December

Months of the Year


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