Some years ago, a friend of mine introduced a business to me. I can still remember vividly what she told me when I showed interest “wait till mine matures” but I bluntly ignored her advice, went ahead and invested double of what she expected of me. Everything was calm and good until few days after, this group of young men who came into town, brain washed us and after making a fortune, disappeared into thin air. It was there and then we discovered we were being fooled.
We know much about father’s, mother’s, children’s day celebrations etc. but my question is how do we or how should we celebrate fool’s day? A fool is an important member of the society. So today being the first day of April is set aside to honour them. But who really is a fool? Anybody can be fooled, so don’t be careless to enter into any reasonable deal on the first of April because it might just be an “April fool” Nobody is a fool even though every one of us have been fooled or have fooled people. April first is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. According to Wikipedia, here are how some cultures celebrate today. Some cultures tend to treat it as a serious event; the Irish have been known to engage in bareknuckle boxing on this day, as depicted in the film ‘Snatch’. Under the Joseon dynasty of Korea, the royal family and courtiers were allowed to lie and fool each other, regardless of their hierarchy, In Poland, prima aprilis (“April 1” in Latin) is a day full of jokes; various hoaxes are prepared by people, media (which sometimes corporate to make the “information” more credible) and even public institutions. Serious activities are usually avoided. When someone has been fooled in Sweden, to disclose that it was a joke, the fooler says the rhyme “april april din dumma sill, jag kan lura dig vart jag vill” (April, April, you stupid herring, I can fool you to wherever I want”). April fool’s day has come to stay but at the end of the day I would actually like to know how many people actually fooled people and how many of you were fooled. But don’t be caught in the fools’ game.