Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fish Day!

When April first rolled around for the first time after I met my husband, he called it April Fish Day. I thought that was humorous. He didn't know it was called April Fool's Day. Then much later, I learned that in France it's called Poisson D'Avril. April Fish Day...

So, the joke was on me.

In fact, some say the tradition of playing jokes on others on this day started in France. Legend has it that when France's King Charles XIV modified the calendar in the 16th century, lower class people in rural areas were the last to hear about it. Those who weren't up-to-date with the change or who followed the old calendar system and still celebrated New Year's between March 25 and April 1 had jokes played on them.

Among the stunts were sticking paper fish to others' backs. Victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish...

This is my daughter's artwork here. She's got about 15 paper fish ready to go. This one says, "Reserved for Teachers."

I'm usually good for pulling something over on my kids/husband on April Fool's Day... If my plan works, I'll share tomorrow...

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