Sunday, April 01, 2007

All Fool's Day

The origin of April Fool's Day remains a mystery . Basically no one knows exactly where, when, or why the celebration began. What is known is that references to 'All Fool's Day', what April Fool's Day was originally called, began to appear in Europe during the late Middle Ages and was a folk or peasant celebration. It involved dancing, drinking, and general merrymaking. A mock king was chosen to reign for the day and was called the Lord of Misrule.

British folklore links April Fool's Day to the town of Gotham, the legendary town of fools located in Nottinghamshire. According to the legend, it was traditional in the 13th century for any road that the King placed his foot upon to become public property. So when the citizens of Gotham heard that King John planned to travel through their town, they refused him entry, not wishing to lose their main road. When the King heard this, he sent soldiers to the town. But when the soldiers arrived in Gotham, they found the town full of lunatics engaged in foolish activities such as drowning fish or attempting to cage birds in roofless fences. Their foolery was all an act, but the King fell for the ruse and declared the town too foolish to warrant punishment.


Jeni said...

Interesting explanation for April Fool's day. Got a question though - do you suppose that explanation had any bearing on the naming of the city in Batman "Gotham City?" Just wondering there.

HopScotch said...

Hi Vic Grace, I'm glad you enjoyed my April Fool's day story and thank you for the interesting info on the origins. I also was interested to read about the heart attack information and will tuck it away in the event I ever have those symptoms.
I suspect a dear aunt of mine had an attack a few years ago and thought she just had had "a funny turn" and struggled on. Now she has permanent heart damage and her life has completely changed.

Sue said...

I did wonder why more people weren't asking themselves the same question, and why more people didn't really blog about it. It's all in good fun!

surjit said...

A good post.Pl. read my quote on April Fool.Thanks.

B.T.Bear Esq. said...

I thought it was to do with the old new year. It used to be new year's day. Then it was changed to January 1st. And everyone who stuck to the old new year was considered a fool.


I just nipped over from PlumpieMousie's. I didn't realise there would be Bears