Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ever wonder what the origin of April Fool's Day is? Well I "Googled" it and found a nice explanation on this website: www.wilstar.com
Unlike most of the other nonfoolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.
The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.
Wouldn't be the same to celebrate New Years March 25th but I am not necessarily sure it wouldn't be fun to celebrate for 8 days. Sort of like Mardi Gras! So if your kids try to get you (and you know they will) try try to remember... Today is April Fools Day!