It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt-Mark Twain
Have you ever wondered where this calendar event originated? I have, and as one more prankster plays a prank on an unsuspecting ‘fool’, here’s a brief history to this madcap day of foolish mayhem! Some still say it has alot to do with the first day of Spring, but I think this sounds more like it! What do you think?
It all began somewhere back in the 16th century, a tradition that surfaced in France. As we do, the French had celebrations to welcome in the New Year which lasted alot longer than the one night, these people really knew how to party and would continue to feast and wine for eight days. This would normally kick off around March 25th, surpassing April 1st then wind down on on the third day of April…seems the celebrations caught on and pretty much all of the folk around the surrounding villages followed suit. But somewhere between, one of England’s mighty King’s decided it was time to bring in a calendar..the Gregorian Calendar. It was through this, that dates were suddenly being changed and New Year’s day was placed at the first day of January. The rouble was, back in those days, when there were changes taking place inside towns/villages, the news of the change could take alot longer to pass to the next group of villagers, I am talking YEARS down the track! I can’t even imagine how that must have worked? So, by the time the message reached the other citizens, some refused to believe and protested, denying the calendar date change! These people were classed as the ‘fools’, for they continued to celebrate New Year as they always had…..right through until April 1st!
As years accumulated, so did a new tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century. It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool’s Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.
Pranks performed on April Fool’s Day range from the simple, (such as saying, “Your shoe’s untied!), to the elaborate.(way too many to list) Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, “April Fool!”
I COULD, how ever, be pulling your leg……hmmmm….go on, be as mischevious as possible, just be careful!