…April Fools!




我们很幸运在美国,是四个国中分一杯羹圣全傻瓜晨星之一。我们有法国感谢。In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced a new calendar that changed New Year’s Day to January 1. Because of poor communication, many people didn’t hear about the change right away and continued to celebrate on April 1. Those folks were dubbed the April fools. Personally, I think Scotland has the best fool terms with gowk or cuckoo.

我的父亲是一年后,一个伟大的愚弄人的一年。Every April Fool’s Day of my childhood, after school, my mom would call him and tell him she wrecked the family van, she either calmly told a story of a light post and broken a headlight, or how she got rear-ended and smashed up the back. Of course, there’s nothing funny about car accidents, but waiting at the window to watch my dad run to the garage when he got home from work was priceless! And now, I can call him gowk for it!

假期,符号和海关taught me everything I needed to know about this holiday and then some. Did you know April Fool’s Day andGVRL Holidays and CustomsLeap Year came to be at the same time? Nuts! This holiday research enticed me to seek out other spring holidays using eBooks on GVRL.

In Poland, Marzenna Day just passed, bidding farewell to winter and hello to spring. Townspeople decorate a straw doll and throw her in the river as a sacrifice to appease the gods of storms and floods. Then, dancing and singing commences while they recall the legend of a great young man who saves her.

如果履行君主是你的风格,我可能会建议Greernery日,或绿,没有喜,在日本的游行。纸灯笼,传统的GVRL假日,节日与庆典的世界词典Japanese customs, and fireworks are all important necessities to celebrate the world’s longest ruling monarch, Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1901-1989). Not only are there festivities in the city, Tokyo Tower and Shiba Park, but many also plant trees and appreciate nature.

让意大利浪漫的春天节日of May Day Eve, celebrated on April 30. On this day, boys compete with each other to write and sing the most persuasive lyrics to the young ladies. Nearly a week later (典型的,对不对?), they return to the serenaded houses with empty baskets and the families fill them with something to eat.


And if you missed your chance to fool some cuckoos, mark December 28 on your calendar. Pranks are perfectly acceptable in Mexico on Holy Innocent’s Day. It’s fair game!

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About the Author

Carrie is starting her public library career after six years in higher education IT. She has a B.S. in written communications, gets her work/life balance playing roller derby, and still has her first library card.



  1. 在这里,在创新,我们是在你的笑话开怀大笑起来!我们非常确信我们被愚弄了四月,但我们仍然采取好评,为我们的创意营销!现在你知道我们已经想出浴室摊位双关语的一种乐趣。

    Marketing Manager at Innovative (and former Gale long-timer!)

  2. (LinkedIn stalking…)

    You ARE a Gale long-timer! Looks like we missed each other by about a year. Glad you’re having fun over at Innovative. Congrats on your big news today. Much less subtle than the puns.


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