Sunday, 3 April 2016

It's April

The name "April" may come from the Latin aperire "to open" - perhaps alluding to leaves and flowers opening. In this month the Chinese Emperors performed a symbolic ploughing ritual to ensure a good harvest later.

Playing tricks on 1st April has a long history, and is mentioned by Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales. It may even date back to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria.

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