The History of April Fools' Day

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The actual origins of April Fools’ Day are foggy at best. Most accept the idea that April Fools’ Day came out of the switch to the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century. Literary buffs however, will sometimes argue that Chaucer made mention of April Fools’ Day in his famous “Canterbury Tales,” which was written more than a century earlier. Still another explanation about the origins of April Fools’ Day emerged in 1989 from a history professor by the name of Joseph Boskin. This explanation was later revealed to be an April Fools’ joke in and of itself.

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Why We Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

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There are many theories bandied about on the web about why we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Some of these theories revolve around green being a part of the Irish Flag, Ireland being a green country and the honoring of an old Irish custom of spreading ashes on the fields to make the land richer. Sadly, there is a darker truth to the reason we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green.

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Easter Traditions in Other Countries

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The exact origins of the name “Easter” are unclear, but Christians throughout the world celebrate the holiday. It is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar, though it has no set date. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox for those Christians who are in the Western part of the world. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week or two after their Western counterparts. Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and reflection mirroring Christ’s forty days of temptation in the desert immediately precedes Easter.

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Memo to Bosses: Have a Little Heart

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Cupid’s fickle bow is poised for Valentine’s Day. Florists’ windows scream roses, card stores devote entire aisles to sentiments loving and lewd, and chocolate packers are on overtime. While it is not customary for bosses to send candy or roses, there are some free gifts they can deliver any day. The ideas all come from that same old non-love song I’ve heard in offices over a long career.

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