Family Friendly Fools!

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

cab161cc500d5e681ce99084164072eeApril Fools Day or ‘Joking Day’ comes but once a year but has its roots in ancient times. The Roman festival known as ‘Hilaria’ (March 25) and the Medeival festival known as ‘Feast of Fools’ (December 28), is still a day on which Spanish-speaking countries play pranks.

This jape-filled day is popular around the world.  In UK, April Fools Day is celebrated by people shouting “April Fools” at the recipient.  If a prank is played after midday, the joker becomes the ‘April Fool’.  In Scotland, April Fool’s Day is traditionally known as ‘Hunt the Gowk Day’ (“gowk” is Scots for a cuckoo or foolish person). In Iran, jokes have been played on either April 1 or 2 as far back as 536BC.  It is called Sizdah Bedar and is the oldest known prank tradition in the world.  This is where, it is thought, April Fool’s Day has it’s origins.  In Poland, this day is called ‘Prima Aprilis’ and dates back to April 1, 1683.

In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, the 1 April tradition is often known as “April Fish” (poisson d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian). The traditional joke is to attempt to attach a paper fish to the fool’s back without being noticed. Phew eee – stinky stuff indeed!

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Here in the US, we have inherited this silly, fun-filled tradition from our many global immigrants.  Here are a few ideas to put your own twist on tomorrow morning’s usual activities.

* Swap older kids clothes with younger kids clothes

* Wear clothes backwards and inside out for the day

*  Fake bugs are a real treat left around the house – bathroom sinks, in shoes and bottom of morning juice are our favorite spots

* Remove lightbulbs, hide car keys and hide all of the spoons, knives and forks

*  Superglue some coins to the sidewalk and watch as your friends try to pick up a penny – hee hee!

* Bunch up toilet paper and stuff into someone’s shoes30b711fbeda9ebe12c0a33dd70e71575

* Hide the corner of a dollar bill in a book and attach a silly picture once the intrigued fool opens up the book.

* Really, really cold cereal.  Fill up a bowl of cereal with milk and a spoon, pop it in the freezer and tomorrow morning watch as your child/sibling tries to dig into breakfast.

* Pop some gummy worms in tomorrow’s apple for lunch – yikes!

* Safety pin underwear or socks together.  When the fool goes to get their undies out for school tomorrow they will get lots more than they bargained for.

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Suzanne Cadge

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Suzanne is a British expat living in an old beach house in Barrington, RI. Along with her husband, two daughters, Chloe (5) and Tilly (3mths) and two very silly Springer Spaniels, they can be found most days roaming local beaches and woods searching for treasures. She owns Fitness in the Park, a post-natal fitness program for local parents and their children. She really believes that moving your body, in whatever shape or form, makes the world a better place. Suzanne is a vegetarian, kettle-bell lifting, work-from-home Mom who dreams of balancing it all, traveling afar and having a full time cleaner.

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