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April Fools Day

Monday, April 1, 2013 posted by Martin
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Feel Good Engraved Stones

April Fools Day was celebrated in the Middle Ages, until the late 18th century when New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. Some suggest that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-16th century, about the same time that engraved rocks became popular.

Today, April Fools Day is the day when practical jokes (not evil jokes) are played on others, all in good sport.  A good fools joke is one that makes both parties smile. Examples are:

  • Place some plastic wrap under the lid of the liquid soap bottle. When someone tries to pour it in their hands nothing will come out. It’s very fun to watch them shake and shake the full bottle.
  • Cup both hands and fill them with water.  Have your son or daughter come in the bathroom to see the fish that just came out of the spout.  When he / she looks, splash them with the water and say April Fools joke.

Have fun!

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When Did April Fools’ Day Start?

Friday, March 30, 2012 posted by Joan
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Although many people across the glove play jokes on others on April 1, no one really knows when, how or why this custom started.   The popular theory of the origin of April Fool’s Day dates back to the change from the Old Julian calendar to the current Gregorian calendar in 16th century.  In the Julian calendar,  New Years was celebrated from March 25 and April 1; but in the Gregorian calendar, it was changed to to January 1. Because communication was difficult and people resisted the change, many French people continued to celebrate the old New Years.  Those people were made fun of and had jokes played on them around the old New Year (March 25 – April 1).  However, the concept of a festival day for fools can also be traced back to the medieval Romans.  According to Roman mythology, the ancient Romans had such a day calling it All Fools Day.  While others believe that April Fools’ Day came from the old European spring festivals which included pranks and hiding one’s identity.

In past centuries, popular April Fools’ Day pranks in Europe were “fools errands” or  wild goose chases and other types practical joking.     In France, the custom of jokesters sticking fish on the backs of those who participated in pranks spread quickly.   In Scotland,  April Fool’s jokes were known as April “Gowks” (cuckoo bird).  In recent years, the media has played jokes on their readers and listeners.  BBC made a documentary of the annual spaghetti harvest in Switzerland showing strands of  pasta being harvested from ” a spaghetti tree.”  In recent years, Google invited people to sign up for a Mars Exploration project.

So be suspicious of what you read, view or hear on April 1 or you may become an April Fool.  Also, remember to carry your good luck stone with you to keep you away from malicious pranksters.

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