April Fools Day

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Real Estate Agent with Riverside Homes

April  Fools' Day has always intrigued me.  A prankster at heart, I am all-in on April 1st playing pranks on my co-workers, husband and loved ones.

How did this crazy day of goofs and pranks originate?  History.com explains that it started in 1700 when English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition by playing practical jokes on each other.  

But, how did it start?  

The site continues "Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes."

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. It's noted that in Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands.  Whats a gowk?  It is a Scottish and Northern England dialect word for cuckoo bird, and a symbol for a fool.  This event was followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.  Ha!  I've always wondered where that came from too.

This year Easter falls on April 1st, do you have any fun, crazy and foolish pranks to play?  I've got the best one for my St. Augustine family.  An Easter Egg Hunt at my Riverside Homes Model Home in Madeira with no eggs...shhh don't tell anyone!

April Fools Day

 

Posted by

Marjorie Taylor, REALTOR

Marjorie Taylor, is a licensed Real Estate Broker representing Riverside Homes  and is a Certified Stager with VIP Staging and Home Management.  A community leader, active in the St. Augustine Regional Council, Taylor is past Director and Technology Committee Chairman of the St. Augustine St. Johns County Board of REALTORS.  A Certified Home Stager, she is professionally educated and trained, having earned the designations of CDPE, CRS, CSP, e-PRO, GREEN, GRI, TRC.  View the Model Homes in St. Augustine

Marjorie is passionate about St. Augustine and the needs of her clients. Past recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year - Women’s Council of REALTORS St. Augustine Regional.

904-591-9121

MTaylor@MyRiversideHome.com

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Lise Howe
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I look forward to April Fools Day too - or the Poisson D'Avril as the French call it. 

Mar 27, 2018 08:11 AM #1
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William Feela
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I have a few pranks that I owe to people for this year.   Just because!

Mar 27, 2018 09:10 AM #2
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John Pusa
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Hello Marjorie,  April fool's day is an important day to participate in the fun. Enjoy the fun on April fool's day.

Mar 27, 2018 03:29 PM #3
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Mark Lomas
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Great post! Ah, what a world we live in!

Mar 28, 2018 03:33 PM #4
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Oh, I have to admit, I outdid myself this year.  

 

I wonder when the grandchildren will ever speak to me again.... I did not hide any eggs for the 2nd egg hunt.

 

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