April fools

Tomorrow is the day that we all try to pull a trick or two, but the  origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar which it replaced.In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season and an April Fool was someone who did this prematurely.In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April. A possible reference to April Fools’ Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun’s Priest’s tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.

A more contemporary interpretation of  an April Fool is said to be those who believe that world leaders gathering in London will actually make a difference that will help us, or an anti-capitalist protester who will end captitalism. Happy April Fool’s day- and if your a banker try not to be any more foolish than the other 364 days of the year!

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One response to “April fools

  1. abolishtoronto

    Hmm I didnt know the history of April Fools.

    Anyways I agree with you about the last bit.. its just a masquerade.

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