So as not to spoil your Halloween trick-or-treating, tonight has been, traditionally, the night you create mischief in your neighborhood. While I do not condone this, it is a day that seems to date back to the 19th century England so it is a historical day. The idea is to play tricks on your neighbors, soap their windows, toilet paper their house, hide rotten tomatoes and knock on doors and run away before anyone can answer. While they are sort of fun for the person creating thee messes for their neighbors it really isn’t much fun for the neighbor who is the victim. I know it seems like fun, but remember your fun is normally work for others. Today, knocking on doors is likely to get you shot as well so, maybe not such a good idea. Playing pranks is fine, so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone or cause them any work. Keep in mind what you would not like to have happen to you, so plan your mischief with care.
How to celebrate – Forget tradition, do something nice for someone. If you must prank, do kinder pranks. Don’t cause any long term damage.
Now here’s a fun thing we all look forward to every year, sneaking some zucchini onto our neighbor’s porch and then watching their reaction as they find it. Actually you could break the mold and use any vegetable, although then you’d probably have to create another day. If you neighbor grows their own vegetables then it probably won’t have the same effect. That wonder in their eyes of where did this zucchini come from is a laugh a minute, unless of course you intended to use that zucchini for a salad later, then the laughs on you! So knock yourself out today and put a zucchini on all your neighbors porch’s!
How to celebrate – Place a zucchini on your neighbors porch! Get your camera ready! Go back to bed and forget today ever happened.
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!