Rejoice and prank on All Fool's Day
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.