April Fools Day

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What is April Fool's Day? According to Wikipedia it "is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other".

 In Italy, France and Belgium, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back as a trick and shout "April fish!" in their local languages (pesce d'aprile!, poisson d'avril! and aprilvis! in Italian, French and Dutch , respectively). Such fish feature prominently on many French late 19th to early 20th century April Fools' Day postcards.

The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 by Pope Gregory XIII as New Year's Day of the Gregorian Calendar in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, sometimes questioned for earlier references.

I remember one April Fool's Day very clearly. Back in my junior year of high school, my mother and BFF Anne decided to "re-arrange" my room for me. When I came home from school, everything in my room had been moved, turned upside down, taped to the wall, strung from the ceiling and so on. It was the CRAZIEST thing I had ever seen. And boy was I mad!

However you celebrate your April Fool's Day...make it a fun one!


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