April Flower: Sweet Pea
APRIL FACTS AND FICTIONS. Where citations take a holiday.
In antiquity, April Fools was linked to the Spring or Vernal Equinox, the first day after winter when daylight is longer than nighttime. In ancient Rome, there was a several-day period called Hilaria. It began with several days of solemn reflection, making sacrifices, possibly mourning losses, and/or coming to repentance for misdeeds—all associated with the darkness of winter, before feeling free to officially rejoice on the last day at the coming of spring and the increased light and warmth. It seems reasonable to assume that this custom was eventually transformed into or served as a model for the Christian period of Lent leading up to Easter. Indeed, the date of the Christian holiday of Easter has also always been linked to the Spring Equinox, following from the timing of the Jewish Passover holiday. As we know, these three events may occur in March or April.