Monday, April 01, 2013
We call it April Fool's Day but the original pranksters called it All Fool's Day. It is first mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a great under appreciated piece of literature.
It is great to celebrate that the foolishness of all mortals rather than one-upping our friends and acquaintances.
Earlier the Roman's celebrated a day they called Hilaria, from the Greek hilaris. (Greek was my favorite language to study). They celebrated it on the vernal equinox (March 20). It was a season of rejoicing--weddings, births, even deaths in that there was to be no mourning. It was a day devoted to looking forward often celebrated with sacrifices. Sacrifices were toasted on a spit and the wonderful smell filled the air. They were shared with all who came to participate.
I am trying to think of the perfect prank to celebrate our marriage--my high school sweetheart and I. I want him to laugh and remember something special we shared.
Carpe Diem! (It actually comes from Greek too.) It means to pluck the fruit--take advantage of the ripe moment. Today is the moment to laugh, love and celebrate the foolishness of humankind.
And to thank God for his patience with us.