I'm An April fool🃏...All Jokes Aside😂
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - Mark Twain
I know that quote above sounds crazy because we all reflect on the year on January 1st for the new year celebration. But the calendar system and observance of the new didn’t always observe this holiday in January, and of course there’s an astrology tie-in. And it was in the process of writing about my love of new year celebrations in my blog about the Spring Equinox that I discovered yet another iteration to make my heart sing and leave me crying laughing. April Fool’s Day and New Year’s Day are connected – and no this isn’t a joke.
The Foolish Breakdown
April Fool's Day sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring. From 14th to 16th century much of the Western world celebrated the new year either with a party that lasted from March 25 to April 1 or on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter.
The date for Easter varies from year to year. Using the Julian Calendar, Easter normally occurred around the first part of the month in April, the beginning of the season, Spring - as marked by the Spring Equinox. In Western astrology, the Tropical Zodiac still begins its yearly cycle in the Zodiac sign of Aries.
In 1582 A.D., Pope Gregory XIII introduced what is now called the Gregorian Calendar. The beginning of the new year was more closely aligned with the birth of Jesus Christ. In this process ten days were deleted from the calendar, so that in 1582, October 4th was followed by October 15th . Because of this change the Spring Equinox for 1583 and all subsequent years, was now moved to on or about March 21.
However big this change was, there were still some people didn’t accept this change. While others didn’t know anything about the new calendar (this is what happens when news traveled by foot and by messenger). So, there were groups of people who continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1 and others who thought this was so ridiculous that they played tricks on them and call them “April fools.”