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Fool’s Day


This is one of the anticipated day of the year when everyone around me plans something fishy and i too busy to even realize it is 1st April always get the better part of the pranks. However, this year am very alert and armed with my alarm clock to constantly remind me it’s fool’s day; this reminder should be after every one hour or less. Everything that my eyes shall see, ears shall hear or words to be spoken shall only come to effect IF and only IF days later after research will prove to be true. That “blah blah” “yea yea” that you loathe to hear from me are the key answers you shall get.

Come 2nd April another name shall be granted unto me as i plan to hoax almost all my closest buddies with the lies of a lifetime. Hmm can i really lie yet they smell it from afar? Any-who am very courageous and hope my plans shall go as planned as the devil in me says so, and no sensations arising out of my lies shall be detected.

Have you ever asked yourself how this day came to be? Some affiliate it to religion, festivals, tales, victory and to others it has been a long standing custom. Whichever way you heard it or knew of it, it still is April Fools.

Just a glimpse of some of its origins:

The day began, most believe, in 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII decreed the adoption of the “Gregorian calendar” — named after himself — which moved New Year’s Day from the end of March to Jan. 1.

The change was published widely, explains Ginger Smoak, an expert in medieval history at the University of Utah, but those who didn’t get the message and continued to celebrate on April 1 “were ridiculed and, because they were seen as foolish, called April Fools.”

In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on 1 April. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as “Fooles holy day”, the first British reference. On 1 April 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to “see the Lions washed”.

Some believe the first association between April 1 and playing tricks can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales from 1392. In “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” a fox tricks proud rooster Chauntecleer on syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.

Although Chaucer probably meant 32 days after March (May 2), many readers apparently misunderstood the line to mean March 32 — or April 1.

Others believe that April Fools’ Day was the result of a desire to celebrate the turning of the seasons around springtime. In fact, many cultures have historically held such celebrations around the beginning of April.

For example, the ancient Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25. The Hindus celebrate Holi, and the Jews celebrate Purim around this time of year.

I envy Western countries since they mark this day with a lot of pomp and color but do not underestimate the power of my country especially Kenyans on Twitter who just know how best to light up our days.

Let me get to my drawing board…how do you intend to fool others today? Will you be the master of game or be tagged as the noodle?

Happy April Fool’s day and awesome new month!!!

Ps: remember those paper made stickers we would jot down with words like kick me…you can make a paper fish and stick it on someone’s back with the words April fool.

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