Sunday, the 13th of April, 2014 is the 103th day in 2014 and in the 15th calendar week.

Cambodian New Year
April 13, 2014 in Cambodia

Cambodian New Year takes place on April 13, 2014. Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, literally “Enter New Year”, is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year’s Day, which usually falls on April 13 or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmers living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13 through 15th. The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar and Thailand.

Where is Cambodian New Year?
Nationwide Cambodia

Songkran Festival
April 13, 2014 in Thailand

Songkran festival takes place on April 13, 2014. The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following.

Where is Songkran festival?
Nationwide Thailand

International Plant Appreciation Day
April 13, 2014 in the World

International Plant Appreciation Day takes place on April 13, 2014. Plants are living multicellular organisms of the kingdom Plantae. They form a clade that includes the flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms, ferns, clubmosses, hornworts, liverworts and mosses, as well as, depending on definition, the green algae. Plants exclude the red and brown algae, and some seaweeds such as kelp, the fungi, archaea and bacteria.

Much of human nutrition depends on land plants, either directly or indirectly. Human nutrition depends to a large extent on cereals, especially maize (or corn), wheat and rice. Other staple crops include potato, cassava, and legumes. Human food also includes vegetables, spices, and certain fruits, nuts, herbs, and edible flowers. Beverages produced from plants include coffee, tea, wine, beer and alcohol.

Thousands of plant species are cultivated for aesthetic purposes as well as to provide shade, modify temperatures, reduce wind, abate noise, provide privacy, and prevent soil erosion. People use cut flowers, dried flowers and houseplants indoors or in greenhouses. In outdoor gardens, lawn grasses, shade trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials and bedding plants are used.

Where is Plant Appreciation Day?
Worldwide

Jefferson’s Birthday
April 13, 2014 in the USA

Jefferson’s Birthday is observed on April 13, 2014. Jefferson’s Birthday officially honors the birth of the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson. This day was recognized as part of Presidential Proclamation 2276 on March 21, 1938. More recently, President George W. Bush issued proclamation 8124 on April 11, 2007, stating that “… on Thomas Jefferson Day, we commemorate the birthday of a monumental figure whose place in our Nation’s history will always be cherished”.

Where is Jefferson’s Birthday?
Nationwide USA

Scrabble Day 2014
April 13, 2014 in the World

Scrabble Day is observed on April 13, 2014. It celebrates the popular board game on the birthday of it’s inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15×15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary.

The game is sold in 121 countries and there are 29 different language versions. Approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes. In 1938, American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. Alfred Mosher Butts was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 13, 1899.

Where is Scrabble Day?
Worldwide

National Peach Cobbler Day
April 13, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Peach Cobbler Day! A cobbler is a deep-dish fruit pie covered with a thick crust made from biscuit dough. This delicious dessert originated in the American West during the 19th century. Although for many years people did not consider cobbler fashionable enough to serve to guests, it has now earned a permanent place in the pantheon of wholesome American desserts.

Did you know that the world’s largest peach cobbler was 11×5 feet across and 8 inches deep? It appeared at the the Georgia Peach Festival in 2007 and contained 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk, and 75 gallons of peaches!

To celebrate National Peach Cobbler Day, bake a delicious peach cobbler for dessert tonight!

Where is National Peach Cobbler Day?
Nationwide USA

Religious Events:

Holy Week 2014
April 13 – 19, 2014 in the World

Holy Week takes place from April 13 till April 19, 2014. Holy Week in Christianity is the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It does not include Easter Sunday.

In Eastern Orthodox tradition, Holy Week starts on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. (Easter Sunday, for context, is the first day of the new season of the Great Fifty Days, or Eastertide, there being fifty days from Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday.) It is followed by Easter Week.

Where is Holy Week?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1180 – Republic day of Gelnhausen

1241 – Battle at Theiss: Mongols beat Hungarian King Béla IV

1250 – The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France is captured.

1556 – Portuguese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope

1741 – Dutch people protest bad quality of bread

1796 – 1st elephant arrives in US from India

1849 – Hungarian Republic proclaimed

1860 – 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento Calif

1869 – Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)

1902 – J C Penney opens his 1st store in Kemmerer, Wyo

1926 – Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam

1939 – In India, the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

1961 – UN General Assembly condemns South-Africa’s apartheid

1970 – Apollo 13 announces “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon

1979 – Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours