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Today is April Fools’ Day, a holiday celebrating practical jokes of all kinds. The British collection of folk wisdom known as Poor Robin’s Almanac (1662) says: “The first of April, some do say, Is set apart for All Fools’ Day.”
One theory about the origin of April Fools’ Day is it started in France in 1582. Up until then, New Year’s Day was celebrated on April 1st, but when Europe adopted the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Day was moved to January 1st. At the time, news of such things traveled slowly, and it took many years for everyone to get up to speed. People who continued to celebrate New Years on April 1st came to be known as April Fools.
John Updike said, “Looking foolish does the spirit good.”
Let’s see what the the foolish month of April brings to us!