The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at mom SCHOOL. It includes an April Fool’s Day poem:
April the first stands mark’d by custom’s rules,
A day for being, and for making fools: —
But, pray, what custom, or what rule supplies
A day for making, or for being — wise?
-- Rev. Samuel Bishop, 1796
Tomfoolery in early spring goes back to antiquity, writes Jamie Gaddy. The Romans celebrated Hilaria at the end of March. The Jewish festival of Purim includes “costumes, carnivals and pranks.”