Today is my Birthday…. ta, dah, da, dah…. sort of goes with the song from the Beatles White album. Anyway, Just another year older. It’s just another day. Another year behind me. Another year ahead On The Road Less Traveled. Lots of ways to look at it.
By the Grace of God I am still here for another year. Thank you Jesus for giving your life for me, that I am saved.
Lots of busy stuff going on this last week, so I have gotten behind in my postings. Not to worry… I have some great topics coming through the gray hair… LOL.
Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday Wishes. ~Franny
~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.
Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. (For a more detailed explanation about Christ’s death, see Why Did Jesus Have to Die?)
The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture:
~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled
Happy April Fool’s Day!! Yes it is April 1. Hard to believe the year is moving along this fast. When I was a kid having fun with my grandfather “POP” was always
something to look forward to. Pop would call me on the phone a tell me a April Fool joke. One that I always remember was…
Pop… Is your refrigerator running?
Pop… Then you better go and catch it.
Oh the memories. So with that being said I thought that I would take today and do some research and see what all the April Fool stuff was all about. I know that there have been some very famous practical jokes done by radio stations and such, but still wondered where it all started. These are a couple of resources that I found. So who knows for sure. Please enjoy and maybe it will bring back some of your memories of the day.
April Fool’s Day 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.