April Fool’s Day, 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day, 2017!

This date, April 1, is universally associated with practical jokes, pranks and foolishness. I’m not exactly sure of the reason and researching the topic has proved to be as confusing as an April Fool’s Day joke. The closest explanation that I can find is that the date first was recorded in English in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392. This doesn’t explain the why as much as it offers a historical context for the custom.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Although I’m not Irish, it is very difficult to live in today’s world and not be aware that this is the day when all Irishmen consider the rest of the world as Irish, also! Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick is the man attributed with driving the snakes out of Ireland and converting many of the indigenous people there to the Roman Catholic faith. It’s also a day where Irishmen everywhere celebrate their heritage and its many legends and heroes.

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