A Writer's Journey

April 1, 2013

April Fool’s Day!

Filed under: off topic — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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Guess what?

It’s my birthday!

No, really. I was born on April 1st. It’s not a bad birthday to have. Except when I was in school. My birthday tends to fall either during Holy Week or Easter Week. Since I went to Catholic school, I often had off on my birthday. People are probably wondering why that’s such a problem—unless they had a summer birthday. Then they understand what I’m talking about—I can count how many times I got to celebrate my birthday ON my birthday on one hand.

But this post isn’t about my birthdays past. It’s about April Fool’s Day!

Where did it come from?

It seems to have origins in medieval times. For a long time, people celebrated the New Year on March 25th. In the liturgical year, this is the Feast of the Annunciation—when Mary is told by the archangel Gabriel she will give birth to the son of God. If you count, it is nine months before Christmas. Celebrations lasted for a week, until April 1st. (And we think it’s difficult to get up on January 2nd!)

But Pope Gregory created a new calendar in the 16th century, the Gregorian calendar we follow to this day. This moved the start of the New Year to January 1st. People began making the switch but as with anything, there were those who resisted or remained true to the old ways. And so these were the people who were called “April fools.” Some people—namely the wealthy—would send their servants on foolish errands for the day.

So, there it is—the origins of “April Fools Day.” It’s not a bad birthday, honestly. And it’s a built in prank as no one knows if I’m serious or not!

To my other April Fools babies, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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