This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is a sacred day in Christianity. There is so much I could say, and probably would be better if I did but… I can’t believe how much stuff is going on today! Lord, please forgive on this Holy day but here goes.
This also happens to be International Tatting Day! Not that I actually know what that is but if you are a tatterer, it’s your day. I suppose it has something to do with a sewing pattern.
It is also April Fool’s Day. You know, the day you play all sorts of weird tricks on people and then shout, “April Fool’s”. It gets pretty old, pretty fast, but it is good for a few laughs. Watch out for nonlogical perils to come your way.
Today is also International Fun At Work Day. However, since it is a Sunday I hope you are not finding yourself stuck at work. I really appreciate those business’ that shut down for Easter since it is the Lord’s Day anyway. But if you are at work, you might want to try and find someway to enjoy yourself. Just make sure you keep in mind that it is April Fool’s Day as well.
And last, but not least, it is our CEO’s birthday! Born so many centuries ago that we’ve all forgotten, this is her day to shine (that is intended as a joke! April Fool’s!) So there you have it, Easter, International Tattering Day, April Fool’s Day, International Have Fun At Work Day and our CEO’s birthday! Lots of stuff for you to celebrate!
How to celebrate – While all the days may seem important please remember it is Easter. If you are a Christian, hold the day up to the honor it deserves, if you are not Christian, please allow Christians to celebrate as they allow you to celebrate your important days.
One of the most loved, and hated, days of the year. Today is the day that we all try to fool somebody. Sometimes the jokes are funny and everybody gets a laugh, but others are taken more seriously and probably should be avoided.
It is believed that April Fools Day may have begun as far back as the Roman Empire. Well, April Fools Day Rome if you really thought your Empire was going to last. However, it often appears that April Fools Day was celebrated every day in Rome as their Empire began to fall apart because of their leaders.
And naturally there were the fools that filled the courts of Kings and Queens in the days before television and radio. These were men meant to make the King or Queen laugh and forget the woes they had trying to run their kingdoms. If a Jester was good, he might live in comfort inside the castle walls. If he wasn’t so good he might not even last the day. The ultimate meaning of the fool- because quite often the joke is in the eye of the beholder, and if they do not behold it as you do, the joke’s truly on you.
The worst fool is the person who sees themselves as something they aren’t. They not only fool others but often fool themselves as well.
How to celebrate – Go ahead and try to fool someone today, just make sure it is harmless. Be wary of stories told today, try to catch someone trying to fool you before they can accomplish their goal. Keep count of how many people try to fool you today. Use that as your guide as to how many people you try to fool today.
April Fool’s Day has been with us longer than you might think. The Romans had a Festival of Hilaria that was celebrated on April 1st.
In India the Holi Festival was also celebrated on April 1st
and during the Medieval Days April 1st was known as The Feast of Fools.
In fact, many of the Middle Ages kingdoms celebrated the New Year starting on March 25th and going through March 32nd. Yes, I said March 32nd which was later changed to April 1st. These kingdoms were thought to be foolish since everyone else knew New Years ended on January 1st.
The first written record of April Fool’s Day comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” in 1392. in 1508, French Poet Eloy d’Amberval mentions the first of April in his poems, though they are known as April Fish. (I have yet to figure out how this relates.) In 1539 Flemish poet Eduard de Dene tells of a nobleman who sent his servants off on foolish quests every April 1st. And in 1686 John Aubrey mentions “Fooles Holy Day” in his works, also taking place on April 1st.
So apparently, April Fool’s Day has been around for a very long time. It is International, obviously, and is the one day when Fools are King. (Or Queen)
Do we really need to suggest how you celebrate this day? Do whatever you like, to whomever you like. Just remember to keep it nice because what goes around, comes round!
Oh, and just an aside here…it is also our CEO’s Birthday! Happy Birthday M!