Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools!

A lot of people like to get into the sprirt of April Fool's day and play jokes on each other. But I was wondering what the origin of it was...here's what I found

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 In many pre-Christian(May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely. Another origin is that April 1 was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called "April Fools" and were taunted by their neighbors. 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.

Of course April Fools day is also great becuase it's my birthday

2 comments:

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hey, Happy Birthday Sophie! Hope you had a great day!

Hearttohearts said...

Thanks Kathleen! Got lunch and cake at work and went out for sushi with hubs. It was great