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Happy New Year!!!!!

by messy Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 02:59:15 PM EST

According to legend, prior to the adoption of the Gregorian Calender, the French year started the first of April, about a week after it did in England [March 20, 1453 was followed by March 21, 1454--don't ask].

So, when new years's day was changed from April to January, a great many people celebrated both new years days and these were called "april fools" thus, we've got the holiday.

Happy day!!!!


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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 03:23:52 PM EST
I love that day! I am really  bad at making up stuff and it is obvious when I am trying to lie to somebody, but I think it is fun even if I am the one that is being fooled.

Here is a nice link I found about the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of all Time.

by Denny on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 03:30:24 PM EST
Wow...can I get a "left-handed" whopper?:-))
Happy New Year!

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by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 04:42:55 PM EST
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Some calendars are smarter than others, for example the Buddhist calendar in Lanka positions New Year in the middle of April, meaning when spring comes. Which is a more sensible choice than in the middle of winter, in my opinion.

We can't base the year on the position of the Earth in its orbit, that would be too arbitrary, but we can certainly base it on the idea that something "new" has started, ie. a new spring with its new blossoms and buds and growth ...

Then again, there is that difference between both hemispheres, hmmmmm.

by Alex in Toulouse on Sat Apr 1st, 2006 at 04:44:07 AM EST
If I remember correctly the roman year started with the first of march, however the years were namned after the consuls which started their working year from the first of january. Gradually the later overtook the former and the new year was conformed to the consuls dates of reign.

Goes to show that bureacracy is stronger then spring...

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Apr 1st, 2006 at 08:16:31 AM EST
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Sorry Messy, you got you dates wrong. It was 1432. I remember that very clearly. You also seem to forget the Bulgarian attitudal change at around the same time, which led to the introduction of chanting in Church build before 1432, that were not accurately facing towards Jerusalem.

How could you let that out?

by MerryLikeXmas on Sat Apr 1st, 2006 at 06:53:32 AM EST
Oh bummer, just created this account for the wife and now I am blogging in her name. doh.
by PeWi on Sat Apr 1st, 2006 at 06:56:57 AM EST
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