FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-061 – Your Shoes are Untied

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 1, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we may, or may not, be fooling around – just a little.

Your Shoes are Untied.

April’s Fool!

We all know the custom of April’s Fool. But where did it come from?  No one knows for sure.  No joking.

Most believe it has to do with New Year’s Day in France. Some parts of France moved to January 1 as being the start of the New Year. But some held on to the religious based custom, as did much of Medieval Europe, of March 25 starting the New Year. 

In the old-fashioned portions of France, the New Year’s Celebration lasted until April 1. The rest of France, who moved to January 1 being the beginning of the New Year, made fun of those sticking with the old customs, and expressed that so on April 1.

By the way, why March 25?  Well, that is when Jesus Christ was conceived by the Virgin Mary.

The alternate theory behind April’s Fool Day is based on references made in the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer in 1392. 

France is presented here from 1792 by Homann.

Map of France – Circa 1792 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.