Happy New Year….April Fools

1 Apr

April-Fools-vintage-Image-Graphics-FairyDo you know the most common theory about the earliest April Fools’ celebration? No? Well it goes like this: In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued  a new standard calendar for Christian Europe that would take his name and centuries later become the standard internationally in the 21st century.

Prior to the 15th century, Europe used the Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar moved the date of the new year from April 1 to January 1, among other changes. Catholic monarchies were naturally its earliest adopters, though Protestant nations later followed suit.

Given the nature of the reform, both in terms of communicating such a fundamental change to a large population and dealing with critics of the new calendar, some Europeans continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. The fools were those who still celebrated the holiday in the spring, and were the subject of pranks and ridicule by those who observed the new year months previously.

Today we carry on the tradition and celebrate the new year in the dead of winter and ridicule those around us on the 1st of April. What I find interesting is it makes more sense to celebrate the new year when a new year actually does start! What I mean by that is spring. It’s new life, why celebrate in the dead of winter, so perfectly named dead as everything is in hibernation including people?

I will of course continue to celebrate the new year when the rest of the world does on the 1st of January….but I think I also want to start to celebrate on the 1st of April too. Why not? Another reason to celebrate, check. Another opportunity to put into perspective that you can still make positive changes and decisions in your life, check. And of course a celebration of the end of winter, triple check!

For this April Fools I hope you pull your usual pranks and enjoy yourself, life is to short not to, but I also hope you breath deep and welcome spring and make new changes for a new year that you didn’t make happen for New Years.


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