Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fools' Day / Poisson d'Avril !


There are many theories as to the origin of this pranksters' feast, from a change in the date of new year to the Roman festival of Hilaria, but either way its origins ( and by extension, the need for mirth, merriment, humour, jokes and general puckitude) go way back.

In England we say April Fools' Day!
En France on dit Poisson d'Avril! (April Fish!)

Apparently the origin of the latter expression lies in the fact that fish start to spawn at this time of year, and so only a fool would angle now whilst the stocks are trying to replenish.

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3 comments:

lavender cowboy said...

your illustrations are rad. i posted your "april fool's day/poisson d'avril" one on my blog (with your name and all). is it o.k with you?

lil kim said...

great illo - and thanks for the etymology of Poisson D'Avril! April Fool's Day is my parent's wedding anniversary - they always said it was a bit of a joke!

Thierry said...

Excellent as usual!