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April Fool’s Day Origins

Ever wonder about April Fool’s Day origins?

Well, here is a little bit of a history lesson:

April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day by some cultures, is a light-hearted day of the year.  Where it came from is uncertain.

One theory is that it was a celebration related to the change of seasons.

Other theories indicate that it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

Food for thought;
Ancient cultures, including the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or near April 1st.  It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.)  In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated the 25th of March, the Feast of Annunciation, as the start of a new year calendar.

Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the Julian Calendar. The Julian Calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated in January.  That same year, France adopted the reformed calendar and put New Year’s day to January 1st.  A popular explanation indicates that many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn or know about it.  They continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st. Others began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false.  Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.  We see it here in the U.S. as a routine practice and where some take advantage of sending someone on a “Fool’s Errand”.

Watch out… don’t get sent on a “Fool’s Errand”!

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