April Sunshine and Showers

Along with some bright sunshine, the beginning of the month was cheered by April Fools’ Day.

I made a slight, but successful effort this year and swapped my son’s cup of tea for a cup of cold porridge.  This caused entertainment for the rest of the morning as he attempted exact revenge.  April Fools’ Day is celebrated around the world.  The earliest possible mention of it is in Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales in 1386.

A scholar of Anglo-Saxon history once told me that he believed the UK origins of April Fools’ Day are ancient because it has to end at midday.  In UK tradition, anyone who creates a prank after midday is the fool themselves instead of the other way round.  This is interesting because the Celtic day ended at noon . . .

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