Sunday, April 1, 2018

APRIL


Happy April Fools' Day and Easter to those of you who celebrate one or both of them, and to those who don't celebrate either of them - I wish you a great month!



April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the first of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the second of five months to have a length of less than 31 days.

April is commonly associated with the season of autumn in parts of the Southern Hemisphere, and spring in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to October in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open", which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of άνοιξη (ánixi) (opening) for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus. April was the second month of the earliest Roman calendar, before Ianuarius and Februarius.



April's birthstone is the diamond.
The birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy (Bellis perennis) or the Sweet Pea.
The zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries (until April 19) and Taurus (April 20 onwards).



A diamond (from the Ancient Greek: ἀδάμας adámas, meaning "unbreakable", "proper", or "unalterable") is one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones. Diamonds have been used as decorative items since ancient times; some of the earliest references can be traced to India.
The hardness of diamond and its high dispersion of light—giving the diamond its characteristic "fire"—make it useful for industrial applications and desirable as jewellery. Diamonds are such a highly traded commodity that multiple organizations have been created for grading and certifying them based on the "four Cs", which are colour, cut, clarity, and carat. Other characteristics, such as the presence or lack of fluorescence, also affect the desirability and thus the value of a diamond used for jewellery.


Diamonds are used in engagement rings. The practice is documented among European aristocracy as early as the 15th century, though ruby and sapphire were more desirable gemstones. The modern popularity of diamonds was largely created by De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., which established the first large-scale diamonds mines in South Africa. Through an advertising campaign beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the mid-20th century, De Beers made diamonds into a key part of the betrothal process and a coveted symbol of status. The diamond's high value has been the driving force behind dictators and revolutionary entities, especially in Africa, using slave and child labour to mine blood diamonds to fund conflicts. Though popularly believed to derive its value from its rarity, gem-quality diamonds are quite common compared to rare gemstones such as alexandrite, and annual global rough diamond production is estimated to be about 130 million carats (26 tonnes; 29 short tons).



Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, often considered the archetypal species of that name.


Many related plants also share the name "daisy", so to distinguish this species from other daisies it is sometimes qualified as the common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy. Historically, it has also been commonly known as bruisewort and occasionally woundwort (although the common name woundwort is now more closely associated with Stachys (woundworts)). Bellis perennis is native to western, central and northern Europe, but widely naturalised in most temperate regions including the Americas and Australasia.


It is a herbaceous perennial plant with short creeping rhizomes and rosettes of small rounded or spoon-shaped leaves that are from 3/4 to 2 inches (approx. 2–5 cm) long and grows flat to the ground. The species habitually colonises lawns, and is difficult to eradicate by mowing - hence the term 'lawn daisy'. Wherever it appears it is often considered an invasive weed.



Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant in the genus Lathyrus in the family Fabaceae (legumes), native to Sicily, Cyprus, southern Italy and the Aegean Islands.


It is an annual climbing plant, growing to a height of 1–2 metres (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in), where suitable support is available. The leaves are pinnate with two leaflets and a terminal tendril, which twines around supporting plants and structures, helping the sweet pea to climb. In the wild plant the flowers are purple, 2–3.5 centimetres (0.79–1.38 in) broad; they are larger and very variable in colour in the many cultivars.



Aries () (meaning "ram") is the first astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning the first 30 degrees of celestial longitude (0°≤ λ <30°). Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this sign mostly from March 21 to April 20 each year. The symbol of the ram is based on the Chrysomallus, the flying ram that provided the Golden Fleece.



Aries is the first fire sign of the zodiac, the other fire signs being Leo and Sagittarius. Individuals born between these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Arians or Ariens.



On Stardoll:

There are A LOT of diamond inspired items on Stardoll - it seems that it's popularity transfers into the digital world as well. For this reason, I'm asking you to post your favourite diamond-inspired item on Stardoll in the comments below (of course you don't have to if you don't want to, but if a fair amount of people - let say 15 -  are going to post their favourite pieces I might do a small raffle).

There are several items labelled as "Daisy" available in Plaza and in the past, there were even daisy crowns :) And the Aries item from October 2012's release of Other World is still in Plaza.




April birthdays:

April 2nd: alicenicewriter
April 3rd: maria_LH
April 10th: skemysteryboy
April 15th: Ealain
April 17th: NickyMinarsch
April 21st: Paradise_134
April 29th: mamerala


If there's anyone else that celebrates their birthday in April, please leave a comment with your username and birth date.


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