Friday, April 1, 2011

All Fools' Day

Today is April 1--the day, if you remember our childhood, when we all (particularly the boys) played practical jokes. Is it actually a celebration of the coming of balmy weather, spring flowers, new birth? Ancient cultures celebrated New Year's day on April 1, Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorain and the festive occasion for New Year's Day would be Jan. 1. France adapted the calendar--and the day is called Poisson d'Avril or April Fish-- but legend tells us that many people did not accept the new date or did not know about it. People made fun of traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands," or trying to make them believe something false. So Happy April Fools' Day and remember--don't believe everything you hear or read.



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