Happy April’s Fishes!

No… it’s not an “April Fools” joke… in France April 1st is called “Poisson d’Avril” (or “April’s Fishes” in English) another version of a prank day when people try to stick paper fish cut-outs to each others’ backs. It is kind of fun, and something different.

I also learned today that in Iran there is a version of April Fools day (which actually pre-dates the Western tradition) called Sizdah Be-dar, a prank day that marks the end of the Iranian new year. Apparently versions of Sizdah Be-dar have been celebrated since 536 BC which have led many to believe that this festival might be the origin of the western version of April Fools.

There is your “cultural” moment of the day :)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s