April is one of four months with 30 days. Its original Latin name was Aprillis, but the origin of this name is unclear.
It probably comes from the Latin word ‘aperire’, meaning ‘to open’, as April is the time of year when flowers open. But it may also be named after the god Aphros, which we know as Aphrodite (or Venus), the god of love, since in Aprillis there was a festival held for Venus.
April was originally the second month of the year, but when January was made the first month in 450BC April became fourth, and it was given 29 days. However when the Roman emperor Julius Caesar revised the calendar in 45BC April gained one day, so now it has thirty.
The first day of April is always the same as the first day of July (this year it is Sunday), and April’s birth-stone is a diamond.