New Year or Fool' day?
I was prompted by a posting by Narayanan. He was taken for ride by a ‘April fool’s posting’ by kiruba shankar.
This made me wonder about the origins of this ‘fool’s day’ and did what all us do; went to google. The origins of April fool’s day are not clear and different sites point to different things. It is one of the most light hearted days of the year, yet has origins from a serious subject—the adoption of a new calendar by Pope Gregory.The story goes like this..
Romans and Hindus and many ancient cultures used to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. (I know Tamils, Telugus celebrate New Year in the middle of April but not sure of April 1 as New Year.) Pope Gregory XIII enters the scene in 1582 and develops a new calendar to replace the old Julian calendar (why?). Pope Gregory moved the New Year to January 1. Even though, he was a big honcho, there weren’t many takers of this new calendar. In fact, some European countries held out for centuries (
And thus born April Fool’s Day. So, pranks and jokes are still popular on this day— like the one kiruba played on us.
Interesting....never read this before.!ReplyDelete
What's interesting is the sun and the moon based calenders we follow. Some states in India follow the SUN and some the MOON...not sure why?
Kiruba certainly took me for a ride.! I am so happy he is back.
we, Japanese, sometimes regards April 1st is start of a year...ex, most of enrollement ceremony is held on April 1st. But we still have new year on Jan 1st. :-)