April 1, 2012

April Fools’ Day… Poisson d’avril…


There is no such ‘day’ in Taiwan.  A day, or as in Canada, a morning of telling jokes or playing practical jokes on family and friends.  As children, it is a fun time.  When I look back at some of the ‘jokes’ we played on each other, they seem kind of silly.  As we get older, the day holds little meaning, and rarely observed.

It is not a national holiday, but rather a day to have fun… be silly.  As adults, the odd occasion comes up when we do pull these silly stunts on others.  Perhaps with close friends or co-worker.  When you watch cartoons or sitcoms, you can observe the characters performing silly acts on others.  These are the types of acts or jokes we play on people.

Loosening the top on a salt shaker.  The person attempts to shake a bit of salt on their food, and end up with a pile of salt instead.  Taping a note to someone’s back.  Coming up to a friend, note in hand that has something silly written on it (i.e., “Kick me”), and pretend to pat them on the back, while placing the note.  Telling others jokes of any kind, silly or not.  Telling someone they have a spider or some other creepy crawly creature on their shoulder…

I looked on Wikipedia.org to see what was published about this recognized day.  Below is the introduction:

“April Fools’ Day is celebrated in different countries on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good-humoured or otherwise funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.

“Traditionally, in some countries such as Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Australia, Cyprus, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick in the afternoon is called an “April Fool” and occasionally taunted with the saying, “April Fool’s Day’s past and gone, You’re the fool for making one.” Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. In France and Italy children (and adults, when appropriate) traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “april fish!” in their local language (“poisson d’avril!” and “pesce d’aprile!” in French and Italian respectively).”

I suppose as we get older, we tend to shed our childish behaviours.  Perhaps if we held on to some of our childish ways as we get older, things in life wouldn’t seem so stressful or depressing at times.  Kids laugh a lot more often, or for more silly reasons than adults do.  Maybe that’s the key…  laughing makes time slow down.  Hmm.

Nonetheless, however you ‘celebrate’ today, have fun with it.  If you don’t celebrate April Fools’ Day, perhaps it’s time to introduce it into your life.  For me, as today is Sunday, I have a lot of little things I want to accomplish.

Yesterday, I did get a few touch-ups done around the apartment.  One of the things I’m more impressed with, is my copy of one of Henri Matisse’s pieces of art, on my wall.  From start to finish, it took about 4 hours to complete.

What do you think?  I suppose I should get working on the rest.

That’s it, that’s all… for now!


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