April Fool’s Day in Norway
Today is the day, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! I won’t claim its only a Norwegian phenomena of course, but sometimes almost our whole nation fell for it. I’ll get back to that, but let’s explore this tradition a bit at first (I’ve dug into it and always like us to learn something from my posts you know):
One theory has to do with the change in the Gregorian calendar, in which under the old calendar New Year’s Day was celebrated around time of the Vernal Equinox; late March. Because this occasionally coincided with (or came close to) Easter, church officials back then moved New Year’s day to April 1st. However, when the Gregorian calendar was officially adopted in 1582, New Years Day changed from April 1st to January 1st. Some people forgot about the change, and continued to make their New Year visits on April 1st. Others paid mock visits to friends and neighbours shouting ‘April Fool‘ to those who took them seriously.
Another theory to it’s origin goes back to Noah, who is said to have mistakenly sent the dove out to find dry land after the flood began to recede on April 1st. If so, the tradition is way old then :lol:
Some historians believe that the Scottish and French customs of pulling pranks in a way reflect the old ancient feelings of spring and well, sexual license. Blend that in with a smidgen of the Druid priest’s trying to deceive evil spirits so that they won’t interfere with fertility during the planting season, the sprouting season and the mating season. Think about it, that’s basically ALL year round these Druid priests are trying to fend off evil spirits. Maybe they are the once who came up with the strange way to ‘explain away’ how its done by using an innocent Stork :lol:
How about Norwegians then – easy to fool? Well, the best one I’ve heard so far might be this one:
A newspaper wrote that the state alcohol monopoly had over 10,000 litres of wine which had been confiscated from smugglers. People were invited to the retail outlet to receive their share: It would be a sin to pour so much good quality wine down the drain.
In the early morning hundreds of wine collectors appeared carrying all manner of containers: bottles, buckets, bowls, pots only to realise that they had been ‘had’.
Not an excuse, but remember that alcohol in Norway is very expensive and government laws enforce its limited availability :lol:
A challenge to my readers:
1: Share your best April Fool’s Day experience in comments and/or
2: Tell me if you’ve made an April Fool post too, and I’ll ad it to this post!
A: Tinsie in London: Spot the spoof.
B: Olga, The Traveling Bra: This is Not an April Fools Joke!
C: Betty C. at ESL Clubhouse: UN To Ban ‘Unnecessary’ Languages.
D: Sandier Pastures: and in the mail yesterday…