This is one of those times of the year that I can’t believe we don’t yet have a three-day weekend.
Every April 1st, I wait all day for some government entity to come forth and say, “April fool!” At least we’d know that it’s all been a joke — on purpose.
All of the goings-on, on both sides of the aisle, are worthy of making April Fools Day a government holiday. The list of reasons this holiday would be justified is far too long to relay here, but we’re all well aware of what I’m talking about and have our own reasons for viewing much of government as a bumbling, albeit dangerous, fool.
Of all the three-day weekends we have, another won’t make much of a difference, and I’d be happy to go a day without my mail in order to recognize what would be the most deserved Federal holiday of them all.
To back up my recommendation, here’s a quick explanation of how some think April Fools Day came into existence:
Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
Fools errands and trying to trick people into believing something false? If that’s not politics, I don’t know what is! Come on, Congress, vote to give yourselves some deserved recognition by making April Fools Day a Federal holiday.