What Does It Mean to Be an April Fool?

Happy April Fool Day

What Does It Mean to Be an April Fool? Almost everyone wants to have foolish fun today and play a trick on someone. We have been doing tricks on other people since when we were young children. It was the right of passage some of us took on this special day. Those fooled the most, were probably the bunt of most tricks throughout the day.

Holes deep in the ground, Cracks in the sky… details at 11! 

April Fool’s Day origin is uncertain.  It’s thought the turning of the seasons helps some to honor this celebration. Others believe it has to do with our calendar. Ancient cultures, including the Romans and Hindus believed the beginning of the year was at the vernal equinox or somewhere around March 20-21st.

What about Medieval Times?

In medieval times the date was March 25th. Then in 1582 the Catholic Church stepped in and decreed through Pope Gregory XIII a new calendar was to replace the old Julian calendar. The new calendar was called the Gregorian calendar.

In the new Gregorian Calendar it said New Year’s Day would be yearly on January 1st.  According to a popular explanation, there were a lot of people who refused to make the change.

Because in 1582 news travelled slowly, people did not learn about the new date for the beginning of the year. and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st. The ones who refused to make the shift were known as “traditionalists” . Those who weren’t traditionalists were poked fun at the others.

In fact, they had “fools errands”. Fools errands were designed to trick those not traditionalists into believing something false.  Eventually the practice spread throughout Europe. There are two problems with this popular explanation.

The first was in the spreading of April Fool’s Day throughout Europe because the Gregorian calendar was not adopted in the United Kingdom until 1752. That was 150 years later.  April Fool’s… ha

April Fool’s Day vs Roman Empire…

What Does It Mean to Be an April Fool?
Court Jester

Secondly, there isn’t any historical evidence to support this explanation. Factually, it is only guess-work that supports this. It seems one can only find examples in history from recent times.

A professor of history at Boston University, Joseph Boskin, poses another explanation. Professor Boskin explains April Fool’s Day practice began during the reign of Constantine. Court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor Constantine, they could do a better job running the empire than he could. Constantine thought it funny such a statement could be said. So Constantine ordered Kugel a favorite jester to be king for a day. Kugel’s first act as king was an edict calling for absurdity for the day.  It became a holiday from that day forth. The start of April Fool’s Day as we know it.

Even the Press was a Jester… ha

In 1983 an Associated Press article was written about the history of April Fool’s Day. As a result of the explanation by Professor Boskin. There was only one small pit fall.  Professor Boskin made the story up!   AP didn’t realize they got duped and were made a victim of Professor Boskin prank for a couple of weeks.

April Fool’s Day seems to be by many, nothing more than the time of year where we experience the transition of seasons. The transition from a long, dank, cold season, into a rebirth of flowers, and warm, spring time weather.  As a result, it’s a time of renewal of  our planet. Ones heart turns towards rebirth, fun and lighthearted entertainment.  As for the pranks, it appears most don’t physically hurts anyone. The exception is a bruising of one’s pride.

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Oh did you hear Twitter is going to only allow 133 characters for each message starting tomorrow?  They feel 140 characters are way too many. They want the world to start expressing themselves succinctly. This continued use of so much bandwidth can’t continue without the whole internet crashing!!!  Holes deep in the ground, Cracks in the sky…details at 11

Happy April Fool’s Day

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