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01 April 2016

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe. So if you woke up this morning and tried to wish you friends a "Happy New Year", you are an April Fool and today is your day! But if you are living in Israel where we follow the Hebrew calendar, then no one cares about which Pope made arbitrary changes to the gentile calendar over 400 years ago.


In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe. So if you woke up this morning and tried to wish you friends a "Happy New Year", you are an April Fool and today is your day! But if you are living in Israel where we follow the Hebrew calendar, then no one cares about which Pope made arbitrary changes to the gentile calendar over 400 years ago. via DoubleTapper http://ift.tt/1UwOoCP

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