April Fools’ Day truly is one of the most humorous days of the year. This year to play a little joke of your very own, try sending someone a funny free e-card which contains a small jest or prank of your own. E-cards really are among the easiest ways at getting back at the people that caught you out last year.
In many ancient societies of the Northern Hemisphere, the start of the New Year was commemorated on or around the Vernal Equinox, the day on which the Sun’s plane intersects with the Equator, causing the length of night and day absolutely equal on all parts of the Earth.
The Vernal Equinox regularly takes place on March 21st or 22nd. A few cultures hosted celebrations in February, a few as late as May, but the extended timing of the celebrations perfectly secured all the renewal and exhilaration of springtime, and the revitalization of energy associated with the coming of a new year.
Throughout France, the annual New Year commemoration took place in late March, with the festivals lasting until the 1st of April. When the adoption of the Gregorian calendar swept the Christian community beginning in 1562, and was possibly too ceremoniously advocated by France’s King Charles IX, lots of folks who perhaps favored the springtime celebration to its substitute or were ignorant of the calendar change, continued to celebrate the traditional, seasonal new year.
These particular traditionalists were made the fools of juvenile pranks played by their more obliging compatriots; thus the name April Fools’ Day.
In France, the term for April Fools’ Day is Poisson d’Avril, which in turn suggests April fish, because once the customary joke is delivered or the prank has been revealed, the deceived is referred to as “Poisson d’Avril.” April Fools’ Day takes place during the zodiacal sign Pisces, the sign of which is fish.
Therefore, the French phrase for the befooled. In England and Scotland, the recipients of practical jokes were in a similar fashion known as “April gowks,” an expression of ridicule for the cuckoo, a bird regularly located in both temperate and tropical climate areas.
The intent of a conventional April Fools’ prank is to persuade another person that something untrue is actually true. Thus playful pranks such as handing out invites to phony parties, sending people on fool’s errands, turning clocks behind or ahead of time, messing up the toilet seat with food, and endless others are not only commonplace, but may be a fantastic way of sharing some laughs.
While playing pranks within the context of April Fools’ Day is appropriate, they should be most importantly harmless in nature. There is a big distinction between playing a joke on a friend and being malicious. So assuming your trickster plans are friendly, have lots of fun on April Fools’ Day!
American author Mark Twain on April Fools’ Day: “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
So to either ruin or make someone’s April Fools’ Day, try sending them a free e-card and provide yourself something to make you have a good laugh.