But guess what? While investigating the origin of April 1st, I discovered that All Fools’ Day had been celebrated centuries prior to the French calendar switch over! Myth debunked!
However, and this sucks, no one really knows where the holiday originates! Some think it may come from Spring Fever. (see last week’s blog) Others think it has to do with the Spring Solstice, where weather in lots of places is quite unpredictable, and if you don’t plan correctly, you’re screwed. Another theory is that it comes from a misinterpretation of Jeffery Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales.’
The only explanation I’ve found, that seems grand enough for the worldwide spread of April Fool’s Day, is an ancient Roman holiday called ‘Hilaria’! Yes, it’s truly named Hilaria, and the Roman’s are accused of having stolen it from the Greek!
April Fools’ suckas’! They stole your holiday!
Apparently, during Hilaria, it was a time to rejoice, get married, have kids (see last week’s blog), sacrifice animals, and basically just have a good time! Hilaria was celebrated around March 25th, the eighth day of a larger celebration to Cybele, the mother of the gods!
As always, thanks for reading!