October 26th National Mincemeat Day

Now most of us don’t have mincemeat anymore, usually served in pie form. It was very popular during the Medieval times when meat was served chopped up, mixed with suet and fruit and baked into a crust. Now I had no idea what suet was, in case you don’t know either it’s raw, hard fat. I was with it until I found out what suet was. The fruit generally use to be raisins or apple pears but it could easily be any fruit you prefer. To get past the suet part, sometimes you add brandy or rum. You can also use any type of meat you prefer but generally beef is used.

How to celebrate – Go Medieval for supper tonight! Add Mincemeat pies to your holiday tradition. Visit a castle.

April 1st International April Fool’s Day

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.

 

Enthusiasts And Reenactors Parade Through The Streets Of Chester As Part Of Their Roman Saturnalia Festival Celebrations

 

In India the Holi Festival was also celebrated on April 1st

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and during the Medieval Days April 1st was known as The Feast of Fools.

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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!