Happy Poisson d’Avril

Apparently the French call today Poisson d’Avril (translated as Fish of April) – AKA April Fool’s Day. I have no idea why it’s called fish – but apparently back in the day King Charles XIV had decided the new calendar year would begin in January instead of April. News traveled (really) slowly so pranksters would stick fish on the backs of people who were celebrating the “New Year” on April 1. Nowadays, people will try to stick paper cutouts of fish on people’s backs as a joke.

Now all the window displays of extremely large chocolate fish make sense…

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