Thursday, April 01, 2004

April Fool’s Day, April’s Lie, Or Poisson d’Avril:

Ancient cultures used to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. But in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, the “Gregorian Calendar”, to replace the “Julian Calendar”. The new ordered calendar called for celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1.
Such a big change has been refused by many French people, and some of them didn’t learn about it, so they continued to celebrate on April 1, which gave a very great opportunity for others who have accepted the change and who already learned about it to make fun of those who didn’t, and started tricking them into believing something false.

The French came to call April 1 “Poisson d'Avril”, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.
In 1752, Great Britian finally changed over to the Gregorian Calendar, and called April 1: April Fool's Day.
Among Arabs, people call this day April’s Lie (Kethbat Nisanl) because most of the tricks are lies trying to make someone believe something false.

But at the time so many people believe April 1 is one of the most light-hearted days of the year for its jokes and tricks, I personally don’t like so much because of the misapplication of people. Some people think that they wont have a great April Lie unless they SHOCK someone else with bad news, like claiming that someone dear to them has had an accident and is in coma, or that someone is hit by a car and is dead, or that someone has had a heart attack and is now between life and death, or that someone is paralyzed… or things like that.
And although such people mean nothing but a joke, and lie only for fun, but they’re not aware of the very dangerous side-effects of their shocking news. Some sensitive people get nervous breakdowns, others get heart attacks, some went blind, some lose their loved ones, and so on. And what I’ve noticed in some cases, is when someone claims they’ve had a car accident when they didn’t, this someone actually has a car accident few weeks later.
On the other hand, I hate it because any news, no matter happy or not, I have doubts whether they’re true, or some kind of April Fool’s Day tricks. So I imagine if someone calls their friend asking for help, and this friend have been tricked over and over again on April 1, there might be a very big possibility that this person wouldn’t believe a word said, and will end up not helping his/her friend who’s in need for help!
Anyway, whether I like it or not, so many people enjoy fooling others on this day, so I guess all I can do is warn you to keep calm and never get so emotionally involved when hearing any kind of news. If someone asks you for help, don’t turn them down, and even if it turned out to be nothing but a lie, then you wont regret being there for that someone. And being an April Fool is much better than being a disloyal useless person.
I've just recalled my little sister's english course presentation in her 1st year of university. It was about April Fool's Day. I remember how she prepared for it and how she commented on it and the results of her presentation. It was great :) I miss you sis.
For more information about April Fool’s Day Click Here , and for some cool jokes and tricks check this out . You can also send someone an April Fool’s Card .