National Poetry

Also:  National Arab-American Heritage Month, National Alcohol Awareness Month, Celebrate Diversity Month and National Autism Awareness Month
is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000, Great Britain has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October.

2nd - Good Friday (Protestant, Roman Catholic) - commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.

4th - Easter (Protestant, Roman Catholic) – the most important Christian holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day of his crucifixion.

7th - World Health Day - celebrated under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization to create “awareness of a specific health theme.  2010 will focus on urbanization and health.

10th - Yom HaShoah* (Jewish) is Holocaust Remembrance Day which was established to remember the Holocaust and the six million Jews who perished.


14th - Vaisakhi also known as Baisakhi (Sikh) is an ancient harvest festival which marks the beginning of a new solar year and new harvest season. It has special significance as on this day in 1699, the 10th Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.

20th - Ridvan* (Bahá'í )the most holy Bahá'í  festival is a twelve-day celebration commemorating the commencement of Bahá'u'lláh's prophet hood.

22nd - Earth Day - is celebrated in the U.S. on April 22nd and is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day each year on the March equinox.

*Begins at Sunset

UAB Special Events

April - Civil Rights y Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, www.mhsl.uab.edu

April 6, 2010 - International Food Fair: Smolian International House, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm, sponsored by International Scholar and Student Services