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Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long

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NaPoWriMo , or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!

NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.

While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.

Ideas to get started

  • Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
  • Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
  • Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
  • Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.

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Calendar Day; April 1, 2014

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Tuesday, the 1st of April, 2014 is the 91th day in 2014 and in the 14th calendar week.
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April Fools’ Day
April 1, 2014 in the World
April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool’s errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”. Elsewhere, such as in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.
The origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced. In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool may have been someone who did this prematurely. Another possible origin lies in the fact that when King Charles IX of France officially changed the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1, some of his subjects continued using the old system.
According to one theory, when France officially adopted the Roman calendar in the 1500s many rural communities continued to celebrate New Year’s Day in April. The people in these small villages became known as the “April fools.”
In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the time of Noah. According to an English newspaper article published April 13, 1789, the day had its origin when Noah sent his dove off too early, before the waters had receded; he did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April. A possible reference to April Fools’ Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun’s Priest’s tale, a tale of two fools (Chanticleer and the fox), which took place on March 32.
There are many famous (and infamous) April Fools’ Day jokes. In 1957, the BBC ran a very successful fake documentary that explained to viewers how spaghetti is grown on spaghetti trees. Many people actually believed it! In 1996, the Taco Bell Corporation took out full-page ads in six major newspapers announcing that it had purchased the Liberty Bell. Hundreds of enraged citizens called to protest the newly named “Taco Liberty Bell.” The company waited a few hours before admitting that it was a practical joke.
Where is April Fools’ Day?
Worldwide
Kha b-Nisan 2014
April 1, 2014 in the World
Kha b-Nisan is celebrated on April 01, 2014. Kha b’ Nisan is the spring festival among the Assyrians. It is also known as Ha b’ Nisin, Ha b’ Nison, Resha d’Sheta, “Head of the year” in Syriac, Akitu, or Assyrian New Year. However, in addition to the traditional Assyrian New Year on April 1, all Assyrians also celebrate the Gregorian calendar New Year on January 1 along with the rest of the world. Celebrations involve parades and parties. Some Assyrians wear traditional costume and dance in parks for hours. In Europe, the United States and Canada, there are often parties with food, music and dance.
Where is Kha b-Nisan?
Worldwide
Odisha Day 2014
April 1, 2014 in Odisha
Odisha Day is celebrated on April 01, 2014. Odisha Day (also known as Utkala Dibasa is celebrated in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936. After losing its complete political identity in 1568 following the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, efforts resulted into the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on 1 April 1936.
Where is Odisha Day?
Nationwide Odisha
Fossil Fools Day
April 1, 2014 in the World
Fossil Fools Day takes place on April 01, 2014. Fossil Fools Day is an environmental demonstration day. The name is a play on the term fossil fuels and April Fools’ Day. Fossil Fools Day began in 2004 with coordinated actions across the United States and Canada. Events are held in many cities around the world. These events oppose energy derived from fossil fuels, promote education about alternative sources of energy, encourage support for climate justice, strong legislation, corporate responsibility and a clean renewable energy future.
Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes exceeds 650 million years. Fossil fuels contain high percentages of carbon and include coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being made. The production and use of fossil fuels raise environmental concerns. A global movement toward the generation of renewable energy is therefore under way to help meet increased energy needs.
Where is Fossil Fools Day?
Worldwide
International Tatting Day
April 1, 2014 in the World
Tatting Day has been celebrated internationally for over a dozen years. April 1st is the International Tatting Day.
Tatting is the skill of making delicate, elegant tatted lace. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. It is enjoyed by thousands of people.
On this day, “tatters” around the world have different activities, mostly educational, to celebrate their hobby, and introduce it to others. Often, they celebrate by eating chocolates and making tatted lace.
Where is Tatting Day?
Worldwide
International Fun at Work Day
April 1, 2014 in the World
International Fun at Work Day is celebrated on April 01, 2014. International Fun at Work Day is a day to have fun at work because work should be fun- and April 1st (April Fool’s Day) is a very good chance to celebrate it. International Fun at Work Day is celebrated on April 1st, or on the following Thursday when April 1st falls on a weekend.
Where is Fun at Work Day?
Worldwide
National Sourdough Bread Day
April 1, 2014 in the USA
Records of the consumption and eating of sourdough bread date back as far as the Sumerians in 2800bce. Sourdough is similar to bread dough, except that the natural yeasts are left to ferment in the bread mix. Why not celebrate Sourdough Bread Day by mixing up your own batch of sourdough and baking a loaf?
Five Food Finds about Sourdough Bread:
-The liquid alcohol layer referred to as ‘hooch’ comes from an Native American tribe called Hoochinoo. The Hoochinoo used to trade supplies with Alaskan gold miners for the ‘hooch’ off the top of their sourdough starters.
-Barm is the English term for sourdough starter. It is derived from the term ‘barmy’ which means tipsy, or ditzy. This is because of the alcohol!
-Sourdough likely originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC and was likely the first form of leavening available to bakers.
-Baker’s yeast is not useful as sourdough starter for leavening rye bread, as rye does not contain enough gluten.
-Most bread is leavened with yeast, but sourdough is leavened with the Lactobacillus bacterium.
Where is National Sourdough Bread Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1340 – Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
1663 – Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty)
1748 – Ruins of Pompeii found
1792 – Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women’s right to divorce
1826 – Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine
1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto giveing all equal rights in US
1872 – 1st edition of The Standard
1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
1918 – United Kingdom’s Royal Flying Corps replaced by Royal Air Force
1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
1930 – “Blue Angel” starring unknown Marlene Dietrich premieres in America
1939 – US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco’s victory in Spain
1946 – Weight Watchers forms
1952 – Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
1960 – 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
1966 – China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts “Cultural revolution”
1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steven Jobs found Apple Computer
1979 – Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
1982 – US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
1990 – It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.

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