The Origin of the Month of April

There are a few theories on how the fourth month, April, got its name.

  • Some people think that April was derived from the Latin work "aperire," which means to open or bud. It is a reference to the blossoming of flowers and trees which normally occur during April and the springtime.
  • Other people believe that the month of April was named after the Greek goddess, Aphrodite. Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty, also known as Venus to the Romans. During April, the flowers add beauty to the Earth by blooming their magnificent colors.
  • Lastly, some speculate that the Anglo-Saxons helped to name the fourth month of the year. To them, this time of the year was considered Oster-Monath or Eostre-Monath because of the feast that took place to celebrate the goddess Eostre. Eostre is believed to give root to the word "Easter," which is normally celebrated in the month of April.
Apr 02, 2018 Staff

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