Saturday, April 01, 2006
A cluster of unripe Apple’s from my back yard. I haven’t an orchard; in fact I just have a tree.
I know that you have started laughing…evidently you won’t fully believe anything which I will write today, because today is the First day of April also known as an All fool’s day. To some of you; 1st of April have passed, and to others it is tomorrow.
Till now, I haven’t ever bothered to know why today is called by that name.
So I just went searching the net and came out with very interesting stories and fantasies which I never knew.
Most of you might have done this by now but to those who haven’t… here it is.
It says that the date is connected with calendars and was started since 1852 in France. As per the Julian calendar New Year eve was celebrated; at the end of March and the day was celebrated on 1st of April.
With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.
However, communications being what they were in the days; when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1. These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general public. They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on "fool’s errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.
This harassment evolved, over time, into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century. It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April fool’s Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.
I have many more stories to add to this but then, you will not take anything serious today.
Have a nice fool’s day and have fun.
BTW: It is a cluster of delicious unripe mangoes from my back yard.
Sorry for not making you a fool today.