History is full of wonders. Every special day we acknowledge today has some masticating story behind it. Kings, Queens, Conquerers and Emperors, everybody’s take on the administrative reforms have affected the life we live today.
The ideas of holistic rituals, architecture, and engineering, what not, everything we do today is somehow the same or the advanced version of the old things. Not only outside things, the activities in our daily life were also hugely influenced by several historical events.
For example, let us question ourselves the reason behind calling April 1st as ‘Fools Day’ and the purpose and history of ‘Paid Leaves’. Now, this is a facepalm moment, not at least one out of 100 knows the reason behind following this.
So, let us start finding reasons, first of all, we need to go back to the mid-eighteenth century to find answers. Check out the calendar of 1752 in Google.
Oops! what’s wrong with the ‘Eleven days’? No, don’t rub your eyes, it is true, 11 days are literally chopped off the calendar and this is simply because of the sudden shift in England from following Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
Well! the King ordered to do so, and hence it must be done.
And surprisingly, a Julian year was 11 days longer than a Gregorian year. So the King of England ordered 11 days to be wiped off the face of that particular month. So the workers worked for 11 days less that month but got paid for the whole month. So, that’s how the notion of ‘Paid Leave’ was born and is followed till date.
Meanwhile, there’s another edition that propels the much-needed answer to the ‘Fools Day’. In this new calendar, January is considered as the first month. But, Roman calendar says April to be the first month of the year. Though the people helplessly accepted the Gregorian Calendar, they denied accepting January to be the first month.
Many people refused to give up old traditions and continued celebrating 1st April as the New Year’s Day. When simple orders didn’t work, the King finally issued a royal dictum; which stated that those who celebrated 1st April as the new year’s day would be labeled as fools. From then on, 1st April became April Fool’s Day.
Ain’t these reasons crazy? Yes! as it is told, History is full of answers, be it illogical or whatsoever.