Apr 1, 2011

April Fool’s Day

Originally (in America) April was month One of the year, the happy time when snow disappears and leaves burst out on shrub and tree. Burrowing animals reappears after their long winter’s nap, birds return from the South, and bees begin to gather nectar from the early flowers.

April 1 was long known as April Fool’s Day because some continued, after the calendar change in 1582, to regard it as the first day of the year. These were called “April Fools” by their friends who played jokes on them such as sending them on fool’s errands or duping them into believing something absurd. In some countries this practice continues still. Don’t be fool around!

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