Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Fool: A Fun Day?

First of, as kids, we celebrated this day with joy in playing pranks on close friends. We cared nothing about how it came to be that 1st April is April Fool. All I knew was that it was a day specially to play pranks.

Below MIGHT be its history.

The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.
Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.
These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.

In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.

In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or 'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as "Roman Laughing Day."

In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.

The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.



Another enjoyable read from this blog. Hers is a detailed research on the origin. But forewarned, her blog is not for the So-Good-People. I mean those that can't even stand the F*** word. And there are some MAYBE disturbing images for those too naive. Only visit her blog if you are comfortable with the word KISS. Okay, enough said here. 

Now, I got curious so I googled to find out what others say about April Fool's Day. Surprise, surprise, some people are AGAINST it. Okay, not a surprise since there are bound to be people who dislike it.  


Other than Valentine's Day, it turned out that April Fool's Day is also against the teachings of Islam. This I just knew like a few minutes ago. About the Valentine's Day, I knew about it during PASUM years. I don't know but why does all the West celebrations collide with Islam? It's kinda intriguing at the same time. 

Here are two of the arguments on why Islam forbids their people to celebrate the two days:

Oh, I can't find the English versions and I'm not able to translate 100% what they wrote. If you have any in mind, tell me please.

Anyway, yesterday was quiet. Nothing much practically happened. The same usual lectures. And the new schedule for the UM shuttle bus. Which to me, seems to make little difference. And I had the best of times gossiping about that hated arrogant person. I want to tell you all about what I heard. He's just the living example of hypocrisy. Saying Islam is his soul! *Vomits.  The religion, I respect. But him!? Not! He's really up in his own castle. Thank goodness he is no blue blood. He'll be twice as arrogant! Okay, enough lashing out at him. I find that I got pretty spirited when talking about him. Like he's my punching bag! 

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ps: This is on a rare occasion, I usually don't do informative posts. (Macamlaa informative sangat kan? )
< This is you, thinking the sentences in the brackets!

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