Throwback Thursday: April fools’ day

Hello and welcome to my blog! Happy April everyone, and to many, it’s April fool’s day where people play pranks on eachother. I’m not a big fan of pranks. I don’t like to prank anyone or to be pranked. Thankfully my immediate family don’t celebrate it and I have no social life, except online, so nobody to prank or get pranked by.

It’s also my 7th year anniversary of marriage. 7 years ago today, I announced on Facebook that I got married and everyone thought I was doing an April Fool’s prank, like I’d ever do that! Anyway, it’s throwback Thursday today so I pulled up the post I wrote last year on April fool’s and lying.

So tomorrow is April 1st, in less than 1 hour in Lebanon and as it goes, my 6th anniversary of marriage. That's not what this post is about. This post is about lying 🤥
1st of all, why is April 1st known as April Fools' day?
I googled it. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

2nd of all, why is it okay to lie on this day? As if people are honest on the other days.
I'm not calling everybody out on lying. I'm talking about the quote my mother taught me "Honesty is the best policy" which i lived by for years, only to discover that in society, honesty is not very much appreciated and is sometimes even considered a courtesy to lie to someone. Wait, let me get off my high horse for a minute.

I lie. Ok? I know it's wrong, but as a teenager, who didn't do things behind their parent's backs? So everybody lies, according to House (House MD is a medical drama series i adore and i think the character Gregory House is very wise, however sardonic and rude). Wouldn't you lie to protect your father from harm or embarrassment? Wouldn't you lie to please your spouse? How many times do you lie to your kids when you're answering a very awkward question or trying to get them to do something? I don't usually lie in these situations but i know many people who do.

I know a lot of people who go around the topic, and omit pieces of the truth and spin a tale in a way that that they're not flat out lying. To me, that's still lying.

I'm not writing this to condemn lying or to say "there is no such thing as a white lie", as my mother used to tell me, I'm just discussing the topic of lying, acknoledging that everybody lies, and wondering why some people decided to create a lying day. I expect instagram to be filled with April Fool's lies, as if the people who photoshop every single picture on instagram aren't already lying, or those who facetune their face all the time so you no longer know what they really look like are being honest about their appearance.

Finally, how often do we lie to ourselves? When we feed ourselves lies that it's okay to do wrong things, like... I don't know, i don't have anything in mind... When we justify our actions to suit our desires, isn't that lying? Ok I'm done lecturing.

Do you play pranks on April fools' day?
How often do you lie?

Ah the memories. A year ago, I was quoting House MD. Everytime I watch a new show, I get obsessed with it until I watch the next show. A year ago it was House MD. Currently it’s Gilmore Girls, This is us, and Ginny and Georgia.

April showers bring May flowers, goes the saying. After weeks of cold wind, I’m hoping for some rain and less wind.

Lebanon is going on total lockdown for 4 days starting today because COVID-19 numbers are rising. The economic situation is getting worse by the minute. Maybe today they’ll tell us the government agreed amongst eachother and things are going to start getting better, then tomorrow they’ll tell us it’s an April Fool’s prank!

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