April Fish Day!

Time to bring back a blog tradition I did for years and years, though I skipped it last year for some reason. And with everything going on in the world right now, some lightheartedness is welcome.

Poisson d’Avril!

Going way back to my high school French class memories, today is my favorite French holiday: Poisson d’Avril! Or as I like to call it, April Fish Day. The old postcard above is something I found in my web travels as I looked for a good image to celebrate. It seems to predate the modern tradition of slapping paper fish onto an unsuspecting friend’s back, though the randomness of it seems to foreshadow the silliness to come.

Here is a translation of the prose on the card:

It is a polite custom
To send in the month of April
Lovely wishes and flowers …
Will you like this fish?