Posted by: DD | April 1, 2008

April 1st and BirthDay – Deadly Combo

“The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools’ errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.” – Wikipedia

After not thinking for years, I finally set myself up for a mission to uncover the actual truth about the April fools Day. After researching (read Googling), and analyzing various document(read Cut-Copy-Paste), I finally discovered that there are various roots to this day.

Ancient Roots
Throughout antiquity numerous festivals included celebrations of foolery and trickery. The Saturnalia, a Roman winter festival observed at the end of December, was the most important of these. It involved dancing, drinking, and general merrymaking. People exchanged gifts, slaves were allowed to pretend that they ruled their masters, and a mock king, the Saturnalicius princeps (or Lord of Misrule), reigned for the day. Thats where “fooling” originated from.

Medieval Roots
During the middle ages, a number of celebrations developed which served as direct predecessors to April Fool’s Day. The most important of these was the Festus Fatuorum (the Feast of Fools) which evolved out of the Saturnalia. On this day (mostly observed in France) celebrants elected a mock pope and parodied church rituals. The church, of course, did its best to discourage this holiday, but it lingered on until the sixteenth century. Following the suppression of the Feast of Fools, merrymakers focused their attention on Mardi Gras and Carnival.

fool

There was also the medieval figure of the Fool, the symbolic patron saint of the day. Fools became prominent in late medieval Europe, practicing their craft in a variety of settings such as town squares and royal courts. Their distinctive dress remains well known today: multicolored robe, horned hat, and sceptre and bauble.

The Calendar-Change Theory
The most widespread theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the Gregorian calendar reform of the late sixteenth century.

The theory goes like this: In 1582 France became the first country to switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar established by the Council of Trent (1563). This switch meant, among other things, that the beginning of the year was moved from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th (known in England as Lady Day) and April 1st, had various jokes played on them. For instance, pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were given the epithet Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish. Thus, April Fool’s Day was born.

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Having said all this, I was wondering how would some one feel if he/she was born on April 1st. A by-default fool, trademarked by THE God himself (ever wondered why god is referred to as HIM and not HER, ya.., guys rock). His birthday is like a certificate which says “Certified Fool” and he carries it with himself. The most irritating part is that he cannot do anything about it.

The person is always scared to socialize with people (read girls) as he fears a very common question may pop up at any moment. “So, whats is your sun sign?”, “BTW, What’s your b’date? Are you an Arian by any chance?”. And the moment he tells his b’date, he indirectly displays the certificate issued by the highest authority in universe which certifies his distinctive capability. And what follows is laughter, more laughter, more more laughter. The feeling can be compared to a hen who is taken out of the cage at the butcher’s shop and knows that its fate can be sealed at any moment.

Consider this, the person moves into a new house and invites the neighbors for his b’day which incidentally falls on April 1st so that he gets to know (read impress) people. When the time arrives, no one comes for the party thinking that its a prank. Imagine the feeling of the b’day guy sitting alone in his decorated house waiting for the never-to-come guests to arrive. And as this was not enough, when he re invites people explaining thats its not a joke, he gets more of the you-think-i-am-a-fool-to-believe-you looks.

Another tragedy happens when people around him get adjusted to the fact that hes an April Fool and then no matter what they do, they cannot forget his b’day which adds extra pressure on the guy to in-turn remember everyones b’day who remember his. Just going by statistics here, a normal guy would have around 120 people who would for sure remember his “peculiar” b’date and will call his to wish. How on earth you expect him to remember all of them? Human mind is incapable to store such huge information. But any such logical explanation doesn’t serve the purpose when it comes to emotional behaviour in society. In the end, the guy might end up getting a “arrogant”/”has-attitude” certificate from some to add to his resume, as if the Certificate from the God himself was not sufficient.

Anyhow, this is life and thats how it has been for yours truly for past 24 years and he has done well to adjust and make a mark of his own.

BTW, did I just hear you saying “Happy B’day Deepesh” ? πŸ™‚ (applause)

P.S: In case you want to make fun of me, you can reach me @ 9881719882. I am also accepting b’day presents in cheques and kind. Emails making fun of me can be sent to deepeshdhakad [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Responses

  1. Hey, Bud! Happy birthday from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA!

    Vince

  2. nice day to have as your bday.
    belated happy b’day.

  3. Hey
    thnks 4 the history of 1st april
    But u knw it feels good to have sum1 as a frnd whose bday falls on this interesting day
    I mean its kind of boring to have bday’s on 26th jan, 15 aug, 25th dec.. but its rocking to have it on 1st april.
    Dude u r so special n cool πŸ™‚
    n as far as I knw , nobody who knws u can call u a fool.
    But u knw according to Tarot cards the fool is a guy who has the potential to do nythng, just that in sum cases he needs to be a bit care (i mean category of having the potential).

  4. Wish u a very happy belated b’day sir!!!!!!
    Indeed it was good to read abt the april fool’s day al over again!….all my life i had searced for someone who is born on 1’st april….that search came to an end!!!……and mrinalini…my b’day is 25th dec X-( so i know how it feels when some reaaaaaaaaaaaaally old friends call up to wish me(askin for treat as well)……but it is really worse when u dun recollect who they are!!!

  5. and yeah…guy’s rock!!!

  6. @Vince
    Man, you found it !! hehe … gr8… thanks for the b’day wishes.

    @Mrunalini and Nilesh
    Well, every day is special in its own way. Just that some ‘extra’ special days get more attention.
    The only problem is that of the repercussions you face as you don’t even know who’s calling you ?? πŸ™‚

  7. Who all did u play some prank on … or was it you the BAKRA πŸ˜›

  8. @Tosha
    No idea who was bakra yaar …
    but what I wrote is true incident πŸ™‚

    thats what happens when u have a b’day on such peculiar day !!

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  10. haha, my birthday is april fools day too. this years is my 18th! yey

  11. Many Many Happy returns for the day. (Belated)

    Sanjay @Chicago.

  12. My birthday is April 1st. My name is April also. This is a terrible thing! I hate my birthday. On my 19th birthday I totaled my car, called my mom after I woke up to realize a deer was half way in my car and dead. She did not come out to the scene because she thought it was a joke. I called the police and was also given hell about it before they took my serious. Good luck for the rest of your life, I know I wont have it.

  13. Tosha I love the picture lol! And my b-day is on April 1st!! I’m proud of it lol, minus getting teases

  14. Hello sir
    Its gud to know that we both share the same birthday!!!!


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